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Who is a refugee

A man uses a stroller to carry his posessions across the Syrian border at night

A man uses a stroller to carry essential possessions across the border. Most of the arrivals come form the nearby southern Syrian city of Dara'a and surrounding villages. ©UNHCR/Jared J.Kohler


Who is a refugee introduces students to the concept of the refugee experience through personal stories. The activities aim to broaden students’ understanding of refugee issues and to challenge any misconceptions that students may have.

Lesson 1: Terminology
Lesson 2: Myths & facts
Lesson 3: What is persecution?
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Refugee journeys

A boy with suitcase boarding a bus

A boy prepares to leave the UNHCR voluntary repatriation centre in Dogharoun and start the journey home to Afghanistan. ©UNHCR/M.H.Salehlara


Refugee journeys introduces students to the countries and regional areas that refugees flee from, and then provide insight to the many different experiences people have on their journey. The journey can be different for every person seeking refuge. Students will develop an understanding about the global reality of seeking asylum.

Lesson 1: Mapping country of origin
Lesson 2: Why do people flee?
Lesson 3: Where do people seek asylum?
Lesson 4: Refugee women & children
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Teachers and refugee students paint a wall for their school
Refugee students in a Sydney high school paint a mural for their school. ©NSW Department of Education and Communities


Refugee settlement highlights both the challenges that refugees experience during the resettlement process in Australia, and the contributions that refugees make to society upon starting a new life in a safe place. Students are encouraged to explore the lives of refugees living in Australia today.

Lesson 1: Refugee (durable) solutions
Lesson 2: Resettled refugees
Lesson 3: Refugee career pathways
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Refugees in Australia

Malians in Mangalze refugee camp
Mangalze hosts 3,000 Malian refugees, who will soon be moved to tents in a nearby camp that will be managed by UNHCR. ©UNHCR/Jared J.Kohler


Refugees in Australia provides an overview of how refugees are supported in Australia through government, community, education and health initiatives. The activities are designed to help students make links between Australia’s global commitments to refugees and the implementation of programs at the local level.

Lesson 1: Supporting refugees
Lesson 2: Community investigation
Lesson 3: Young people & human rights
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