The session gives a brief overview of the kinds of situations of hardship which compel people to leave their home, family and community.  Some of these people may be eligible for protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention - but many are not.

Using a computer game, students make choices which people fleeing their homeland need to make – for example, what to pack, how to escape, where to get shelter in the receiving country.

Using the text of the Refugee Convention, students will temporarily become refugee lawyers and make legal decisions on breaking news case studies. 

Students will then also look at the many situations of danger in which people, who are not afforded protection under the Refugee Convention, can seek assistance from the international community.  

The session will look at alternative solutions to refugee status for forced migrants, which may provide greater benefit than refugee status.  

The idea is to awaken empathy in students with those fleeing their homeland, understand the pros and cons of relief via the Refugee Convention and also look at what longer term alternatives might be available for the international community.

  • Image of stateless girl by N. Lukin c/oUNHCR