Refugees: Asylum and Resettlement


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 a migrant? Why do they flee, how do they get here, and why are they coming to the UK? This course will help you to understand the challenges that people face when they seek protection in the UK.

Course content

Drawing on the experiences of people seeking asylum and people who have been resettled in the UK, 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 the UK.

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.

Programme - all courses run over two days, from 11.30am to 3.30pm each day

  • Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th July 2021 - 1pm to 4.30 both days
  • Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September 2021
  • Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October 2021
  • Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December 2021
  • Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th February 2022
  • Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022
  • Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June 2022
  • Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th September 2022
  • Thursday 27th and Friday 28th October 2022

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