Teaching ideas

Lesson 1: Durable solutions

Learning outcome

Participants will learn about (and compare) the global responses to refugees: repatriation, local integration and resettlement.

Lesson resources

Step 1. Matching definitions

Provide students with the cut outs from the resource Matching definitions [DOC].

Ask students to correctly match each word with its definition and discuss (could be completed in pairs or groups).

Step 2. Digital clips

Students watch each of the three corresponding digital clips available at: Roads to Refuge » Refugee settlement » Global response.

  • What are the challenges for governments and refugees in each of the situations?
  • What are the benefits of resettlement for refugees?
Step 3. Research

Students choose one country-in-conflict to research (e.g. Syria).
Students imagine that they have been assigned to work with the UNHCR helping refugees from Syria (or country of choice). Investigate:

  • What border areas are available for people to seek asylum? What are the benefits of these places?
  • What (if any) restrictions are there in regards to housing, health, education and/ or employment?
  • How can people be transported safely to a third country?
  • Are there any options for people to be repatriated eventually? (Why did they flee? Are there political, cultural or religious factors that would endanger them if they returned?)