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How to talk to children about refugees?

Are you wondering how to talk to children about refugees?

I’m an advocate for refugees, but I’m often left wondering how to talk to children about refugees and the crisis. I am sure I’m not the only one…

How do you have that conversation? how do you share the facts carefully, and how do you talk about the different words you hear in the media… refugee, migrant, Syria, war, etc?

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What is it all about?

Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty is a sensitive and accessible account of the refugee crisis facing millions around the world. It examines the root causes of mass migrations from both a historical and current perspective and includes the stories of individual refugees and migrants.

Far From Home is easy to read, it chunks up the topics into easy to digest sections all illustrated by case studies.

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Topics covered in Far From Home

The book talks about refugees and migrants without playing to the stereotypes we see in the media. For example:

Migrants do not only move from poor countries to richer ones. Large numbers of people from wealthy western nations move to a new country to settle.

This is really helpful when talking to children about migration, it is important to explain that migration is happening across the globe.

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Case Study: A rich cultural life, not all migrants “large numbers of people from wealthy western nations move to a new country to settle”

Far From Home tackles topical issues like The Dubs Amendment, Trump, and various governments’ responses to the refugee crisis.

A helpful timeline and glossary are at the back of the book for quick reference. Throughout the book, you will see references to the maps at the front and the back. The maps and references help explain the countries they are from and the routes refugees and migrants take.

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Migrant routes across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Where can you buy it?

I first discovered Cath Senker’s book: Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty at my local library. Cath has done a great job writing a book that is informative and sensitive to the situation.

It is readily available on the web too. I’ve now bought a hard copy. I will use this as part of my community and school outreach kit.

Who is this book for?

Anyone who is wondering how to talk to children about refugees. It is still quite dense for my 4-year-old, but I think it is easy to look through. You can pick out some of the pictures and maps and talk about refugees using the case studies to illustrate the story. I could point out Moria – Lesvos where I had been earlier this year.

The book carefully arranges key topics, and the language is simple and straightforward. I will take this book with me when I visit schools and local community outreach activities. I highly recommend this book if you are wondering how to talk to children about refugees.

One comment on “How to talk to children about refugees?

  1. Thank you very much for this excellent review of my book, which I’ve forwarded to the publishers.

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