Refugee Speakers

Want to know what it’s like to be a refugee? To hear first-hand why someone flees their country, and why they seek asylum?

Scottish Refugee Council visiting Bell Baxter High School, September 2017

The media constantly talks about refugees and asylum seekers that have fled persecution providing headlines of horrifying images and numbers – but how much do you actually hear from refugees and asylum seekers themselves?

The Refugee Speaker Programme gives you the opportunity to move beyond listening to people talk about refugees, and instead hear first-hand from refugees and asylum seekers why they are here, as well as how they have been helped – or hindered – in their search for sanctuary.

Our speakers are refugees or asylum seekers who are passionate about sharing their story and their personal experience of seeking asylum in the UK. They are available to visit your school, club or organisation. They can provide a personal window into the refugee experience and tell you about:

  • What it means to be an asylum seeker – why they had to flee their country and what it is like going through the asylum process in the UK.
  • If they have been recognised as a refugee, what it means to have refugee status and some of the barriers they still face.
  • The work of the Scottish Refugee Council and how you can get involved.


Fill out this short online form or email us to discuss your event and find out how we may be able to help.

Become a Refugee Speaker

Are you an asylum seeker or refugee who is passionate about sharing your story with others? Make your voice heard – become a Refugee Speaker

Alex - one of our talented speakers.As a speaker you can share your own story, help raise awareness about asylum and the barriers surrounding it and challenge misconceptions about refugees. You will provide a first-hand perspective on the issues that refugees face.  

No previous public speaking experience is needed. 

We will help you to further develop your skills and support you to share your story in public settings like schools and community groups. All talks will take place in a welcoming and safe environment.

We are looking for people who:

  • Want to support us in raising awareness about the asylum system and promoting positive attitudes towards refugees;
  • Are comfortable visiting external organisations and speaking in public;
  • Have reasonable verbal communication skills and a good level of spoken English;
  • Have good inter-personal skills, with a desire and interest to work with others.


Fill out this short online form or email us to find out more about the programme and learn how you can get involved. You can get involved as much or as little as you want!