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    Misconceptions about refugees

    In August 2012, the Employability Forum published a report on children’s attitudes to refugees, based on research from Refugees into Schools.

    The report identifies that there is widespread confusion and misconception about the numbers of refugees in the UK, their impact on services and the reasons for their arrival; many children believe that asylum seekers and refugees are illegal immigrants.

    The ‘lived experience’ makes the difference. Meeting people who are willing to share their experiences first hand, such as meeting with a refugee and being able to talk with them about their reasons for flight, have an overwhelmingly positive impact on attitudes and dispelling myths. Contact does not have to be long-term to have a lasting impact on children’s views. Also, hearing an adult share their experiences of conflict and seeking sanctuary can empower refugee and asylum seeking children to be more open about their own experiences.

    You can read the full report by clicking here.

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