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There are more than 82 million forcibly displaced people in the world; over 20 million of whom have refugee status. Conflict, persecution and a well founded fear for their lives are some of the reasons why people leave their homes and countries. These people are looking for somewhere safe to rebuild their lives and start a new life free from persecution or threat. This self-study pack will explore the myriad of reasons why people leave, look at the journey they must undertake to find safety and unpack the challenges and barriers they face at different stages.
By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the terminology used around refugees and asylum seekers, as well as knowing more about what happens when people arrive in the UK.
This course is ideal for those who want to know more about refugees in general, as well as those who might go on to volunteer and work with people seeking sanctuary.
This course focuses on refugees and the migration of people in the last 20 years or so. It does not provide a comprehensive history of the movement of people prior to the year 2000.

Please note – all facts and figures are correct as of the publication date of the Self Study Pack. For the most up to date information, follow the links provided to external resources.

Important: To access this course, you’ll need to enrol:[

Key InformationPoints40Effort10 hoursPrerequisitesnoneRelease Date29/09/2022
Author Info

Liz Hibberd is the Strategic and Partnership Lead at Manchester City of Sanctuary.
She has worked at MCoS since 2018 and passionately believes in the power of connection, compassion and empathy. These are the key values that underpin the work she does, and are vital for promoting understanding and awareness and to recognise our shared humanity.
Liz has worked in refugee camps in Greece and France, and spent 6 months volunteering in Ethiopia with internally displaced people.

Mahboobeh Rajabi is a refugee artist from Iran. She is a Digital Artist, Filmmaker, Animator,Theatre Maker, Creative Writer based in Manchester. In the past decade, Mahboobeh has used her art to give a platform to untold stories, mostly focusing on Human Rights, Women’s Rights, refugee and asylum seekers in the UK and internationally.
Mahboobeh’s work has taken her across the North West, working with different organisations and universities such as Cultural Institution and the University of Manchester. Also internationally such as the European Cultural Foundation, WHO and Japan Society North West.
Mahboobeh is working towards identifying system gaps to support asylum seekers and refugees to engage and feel involved within the community and wider parts of the society. Mahboobeh believes in global knowledge, skills, talents and experiences people are bringing into the UK and how we can support their potential to thrive in the society that would also benefit the country and our city Manchester.

Caroline Collier is an English as a Foreign Language Tutor and Course Coordinator in the Language Centre at Manchester Mer University. She has a vast amount of experience teaching English to those in the refugee community, and training future EFL/ESL teachers in order to the equip them with the skills needed for this profession.

Manchester City of Sanctuary is a small charity working in Manchester to support the social, emotional and wellbeing needs of around 120 refugees and asylum seekers living here, as well as educating the local community about the challenges and barriers experienced by those seeking sanctuary. We provide a sense of welcome through fun and friendship, and open doors to opportunities to volunteer, make friends and build the resilience needed to get through the everyday challenges on the journey to receiving refugee status and beyond.Our vision is for every person seeking sanctuary to feel part of a supportive community that understands and accepts them.  
Our mission is to make Manchester a welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers.