Lesson 3: Where do people seek asylum
Participants will be able to identify the reasons for population movement by asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons, and develop empathy.
Step 1. Roads to Refuge website
Ask students to identify and locate three cities and/or refugee camps across the globe where refugees might seek asylum/ shelter.
Step 2. Investigation - refugee camps
Ask students to research information on refugee camps around the world. They might like to consider:
- Location of refugee camps
- Who manages camp/s (UNHCR or other?)
- Conditions in camps (bedding/ food/hygiene)
- Medical services
- Access to education
- Demographics- is it just for women and children or men as well?
Step 3. Discussion
- Services needed
- Services available
- Services not available
- Differences between a refugee camp and an urban area
Step 4. Visual journey/diary/documentary
Ask students to choose a range of images depicting life at each stage of the journey for someone seeking refuge. For example: Was Nun, a film about a refugee journey by the stage 5 German class from Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn (Best drama 2013, NSW Modern Language Teachers Association (MLTA) Linguafest competition)