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Putting your foot down

Taking action on justice for refugees and asylum seekers

The most important way to work for justice for refugees and asylum seekers is to be sure that you personally adopt attitudes and live your life in a way that shows you respect a person irrespective of their race, nationality, religion or background.

To make a more public demonstration of a commitment to refugees and asylum seekers ask your headteacher, teachers or school council to place Refugee Week firmly in the school calendar.
 
Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the positive contributions of refugees to the UK and to promote understanding about why people seek sanctuary. See the Refugee Week website for more details and how you and your school can get involved.
 
Campaign for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers
As aware and active global citizens we can also work to persuade governments of the importance of just and fair treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
 
Here are some groups campaigning for justice for refugees and asylum seekers; they provide information on how to campaign effectively and suggest actions you can take:
Still Human Still Here campaign - highlights the plight of tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK who are being forced into poverty in an attempt to drive them out of the country.
Just. Fair. campaign – a Refugee Council website containing ideas on actions you can take to create a fairer asylum system. Click here to see short animations.
Amnesty International
 
Learn more
  • For more information about refugees download our Global Footprints leaflet click here (link to pdf download)

Links:

  • The 1951 Refugee Convention: Questions and Answers – a useful guide or extended glossary that explains terminology associated with refugees.
  • Refugee Week Factpack – more information about refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
  • OneWorld.net – useful global perspective on issues around refugees 
  • Environmental refugees: the case for recognition – a detailed report from the New Economics Foundation on why environmental refugees need to be recognised and granted the same rights as other refugees.
  • Youth Voice: UNICEF site and an article about displaced children; nearly half of all refugees are children.
  • Refugee Council – learn more about the asylum process in the UK