Refugees are in the news all the time at the moment which brings up certain questions, for example, what’s the difference between a refugee, asylum seeker and economic migrant? Why do they flee, how do they get here, and why are they coming to Scotland? This course will help you to understand the challenges that people face when they seek protection in Scotland.
Drawing on the experiences of people seeking asylum and people who have been resettled in Scotland, this course examines why people might need to flee their own country, how they seek asylum in the UK, and what opportunities exist for rebuilding their lives here in Scotland.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Recognise the legal difference between people seeking asylum, refugees and other kinds of migrants
Understand the different routes to the UK
Know what countries people come from and why they have to flee
Appreciate how ordinary people, who have had extraordinary things happen to them, need support to help them begin to lead fully integrated lives
Analyse the real Home Office numbers of people arriving in the UK who are seeking protection
Understand the different protection/leave statuses in the UK and what they mean
Familiarise yourself with the complex UK Asylum Process (legal) and Asylum Support (welfare) systems
Identify rights and entitlements of asylum seekers and refugees, and sources of support
Understand the Treaty Right that we all have to protection through the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees
Who is this course for?
You work with or you are interested in the issues around people seeking asylum and refugees. The course is also designed for you if you make decisions affecting services that refugees are likely to access.