How We Can Help Refugees Feel At Home In A New Community?

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Refugees face a lot of difficulties in a new environment and it is a common phenomenon that most refugees find it difficult to integrate into a new community during resettlement. And as such, we have to help them to feel at home in a new environment. The benefits of helping refugees feel at home in a new environment include:

  • 1. It helps them forget about their past experiences and makes them happier. This will enable them to find the courage to move on with their life.
  • 2. It will help to improve their mental health as they will be surrounded by happy, optimistic people away from negative thoughts and feelings.

Can you think of any other advantages of making refugees feel at home in a new community?

Some of the ways we can help to make refugees feel at home in a new environment are:

  • 1. By throwing welcome parties for refugees. This is a great way to make a refugee feel loved and welcome.
  • 2. Organizing fundraisers in the community to help refugees cater for some of their necessities. This will make a refugee feel that he/she is not alone and some people are willing to share in their burden.

Can you think of some other way that we can help to make refugees feel at home in a new community?

Comments (22)

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    26 Apr 2022

    A lot of people might say that to let refugees feel like they are home, we can throw welcome parties and and festivals, give donations, welcome them in our homes then they'll feel loved and accepted just as you said constructive_moth.
    Im contrast I don't think it is is that easy. Yes I agree they'll feel loved and welcomed, but yet not like their home country. But why? What differs their home country from the host country? Well, first families where a lot of those refugees lost their families during war or from environmental problems, so is there anything or anybody that replaces a family? Second, culture where the variety of cultures between countries is one of the major causes that results in making a refugee feel strange, this is not to mention their memories that were lost.
    But although that, we still have to do whatever we can to make them feel accepted, we have to be anti-racism, and this is the most important.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      amazing_reflection's comment 26 Apr 2022

      You make a very important point here, amazing_reflection. Can you explain what it means to be "anti-racist"? How is it different to just being not racist?

      1. British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Apr 2022

        Yes of course, as we are against racism, it so good for us to be non-racist so that we don't discriminate we hate racism against anyone, but what is more important for us and for the world is to be anti-racist which means to fight racism, to find ways for removing racism from our society, that what "anti-racist" means.

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      amazing_reflection's comment 26 Apr 2022

      I agree with you, wonderful reflection that it is not that easy. The difference in cultures and customs is one of the most important obstacles facing the refugee. Each country has its own culture, which may not be acceptable in another country. From here begins the problem of refugees with their inability to coexist with the new situation, not to mention the presence of children who will live in an environment different from the environment in which the father and mother live, and an intellectual struggle for refugees occurs for compatibility between the culture of the host country and the culture of the mother country.

    3. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      amazing_reflection's comment 27 Apr 2022

      Yes, it is true that most times even when we try to make refugees feel at home they still wouldn't feel at home because they still miss their home country and their home country cannot be compared to the host country in their heart.
      However, on the other hand, it is better to make an effort than not to make one at all. When we make an effort to make refugees feel at home all though they will not be completely happy and satisfied but at least they will feel a little bit of comfort. This cannot be compared to when people do not make an effort to welcome refugees at all. It is better than we do everything in our power to make them feel better than to not do anything at all. Yes, we can't completely make them happy, satisfied and at home but at least we have to try to do something to ease their sadness a little bit.

      1. British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
        constructive_moth's comment 27 Apr 2022

        No doubt that we have to work for them, and I consider this as a duty to check their needs and see what they want to make the best we can do. However, my point was it's hard for them to accept a new society especially who lost their families who lost their beloved ones.

      2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        constructive_moth's comment 27 Apr 2022

        But is there a point in making refugees feel at home?

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Apr 2022

    I do not agree with you, the constructive_ moth, because if we think from the point of view of the people of the host country, the integration of refugees into the host societies creates a state of competition between the refugees and the people of the host country for various economic resources such as job opportunities, and pressure on the infrastructure of the host country and the various services it provides, whether The services were health, education, housing, transportation and others, which reduces the efficiency of these services due to the increase in the number of beneficiaries far greater than the number planned to benefit from them, and reduces the chances of the people of the host country to enjoy these services, and increases the Unemployment rate among indigenous peoples

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    26 Apr 2022

    Another advantage of making refugees feel at home is motivating them and boosting their creativity.
    There's another way of looking at this question, that is engaging in the new social life, breaking the freeze between citizens and so getting to know new things faster such getting away of the language barrier.

    And so another ways to make refugees feel home is by launching inclusive festivals, or show talent programs for them with citizens where they do competitions and explode their talents, feel worthy and valuable, comfortable like mother country.

    1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      trusting_pear's comment 27 Apr 2022

      I agree with you trusting_pear. We can help refugees to settle down into a new community by motivating them and boosting their boosting their creativity. Several ways to do this include organizing festivals, talent programs and so on to get them to socialize with people as you have rightly mentioned.
      Someone who disagrees with me might say that even though we carry out all these activities we still won't be able to make refugees feel at home, motivate them, boost their creativity or get them to socialize and it will be a waste of time because refugees can never feel at home in a country that is not their home country.

      1. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        constructive_moth's comment 27 Apr 2022

        They can be made to feel at home through
        Helping refugees find work, where you can hire a refugee, support a refugee-owned business, provide training or volunteer opportunities for refugees.
        -Help the refugees to integrate and give them a city tour, offer them activities such as watching football together or having dinner.

      2. British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
        constructive_moth's comment 27 Apr 2022

        You have a point constructive_moth, thank you. But, someone who disagrees might say that instead of wasting time scrolling on social media we can donate this time and this energy for making that for them, it also benefits us and let us be more friendly and social. Second, they would say that refugees are mentally and physically exhaused so of course they need a light to make them happy, then motivating them.

      3. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        constructive_moth's comment 29 Apr 2022

        I think that they are influential steps, but I find an idea that may have a stronger impact, which is accepting marriage with them, which will make them mix more with the host people and then reach satisfaction in relationships and a sense of belonging to them.

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          aware_painting's comment 29 Apr 2022

          What if people don't want to get married, aware_painting?

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Apr 2022

    If we look at the financial aspect, we find that he pays more money and taxes to obtain services, the least we do to make them feel that they are in their countries is to provide them with free services such as health, education, treatment and even support and basics of living, in addition to employing refugee people in institutions and centers, then he will feel that As if he is in his homeland and that he is treated as a citizen and a human being and has his dignity, if we look at a refugee with humanity, then all the obstacles and rules we can overcome for the sake of human dignity

    1. British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
      aware_painting's comment 27 Apr 2022

      One who might disagrees with you aware_painting would say that who is the site to provide refugees with all of what you mentioned? Will the host country be able to provide them? Even though most of the countries still can't provide them for their local citizens so how would it be possible for refugees?

      1. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        trusting_pear's comment 29 Apr 2022

        I think that the host countries are able to provide free services if they have obtained international support and financial aid to cover the needs of the refugees.

    2. avatar.jpg Caro @ KPMG
      aware_painting's comment 28 Apr 2022

      Thank you for this contribution, aware_painting! I noticed you said providing jobs would help refugees gain self-respect, independence etc - all which are not directly linked to the financial benefits of work. Can you say more on that? How important is this in the aim to make refugees feel more at home?

      1. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Caro @ KPMG's comment 29 Apr 2022

        Granting the refugee to work inside a country other than his own supports the psychological aspect of the refugee and he will feel his self and independence by integrating him into the work sectors and his feeling that he is part of the decision-making process and has the opportunity to achieve results in addition to his feeling of his dignity and humanity and that he is not a person living dependent on others. This feeling reinforces him Strong motives to prove his success in work and that he is not separated from the host country and is treated like any citizen in it..

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Apr 2022

    We can make refugees feel at home by giving them work visas or providing jobs
    For many refugees, getting a job is a very important solution to their problems; Because, in addition to securing their livelihood and providing for their families, it would help them gain self-respect, independence and integration into a new society. There are many countries that give refugees work permits. Companies can provide work visas to refugees with specific skills, as well as training and work experience

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Apr 2022

    If we want refugees to feel at home, this can be done by first meeting their needs because providing safety and basic necessities such as water and food is the most important intervention to support the mental health of refugees and people living in war-affected areas. Over time, it becomes important for people to live as normal a life as possible. If refugees take on specific responsibilities and roles, they will manage the relief process themselves, which will reduce feelings of dependency and powerlessness.
    Because if their needs are met, refugees will feel as if the people of the host countries are like their own

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2022

    Integration is a two-way process between refugees and host communities. To achieve social cohesion, stability and security, societies must be well equipped to receive refugees and refugees must receive adequate support so that they can realize their potential in the new environments in which they live. Enabling refugees to live and build their future wherever they are contributes to building an effective asylum system and reducing pressures to progress. Investing in refugee integration has benefits for refugees and host communities as well, as it provides a sense of belonging and a future.

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