Some Of The Challenges Refugees Face And How We Can Help Them.

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It is very difficult to be a refugee as one has to leave everything he/she has known to start a new life elsewhere. They will move to a different country with different cultures, laws, healthcare facilities, education and so on. This requires a lot of time for refugees to get used to.

Some of the common problems faced by refugees in other countries include:

They may be unable to find good and affordable housing.

They may be unable to communicate with people due to language barriers.

They may face discrimination for various reasons (e.g gender).

They may face racism.

It would take a negative toll on the refugee children's schooling as their education has been disrupted.

They may experience financial difficulties.

They may go through trauma (e.g survivors of war).

They may be unable to communicate with their family members due to distance.

They may experience difficulty when trying to integrate into a particular community.

What do you think are some of the other problems refugees face?

We also have a role to play in helping refugees with the problems they face. Some of the ways we can help include:

Donating goods to help refugees with their needs.

Speaking out about problems refugees face and about violations to refugees rights.

We can spread the word by posting refugee stories on social media to raise awareness among people and offer help.

We can volunteer our skills to help refugees. For example, volunteering to teach refugees children.

We can also help by organizing fundraisers to support refugees.

Comments (41)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    20 Apr 2022

    Thank you for giving us these two lists, constructive_moth. Who has the biggest role to play, in your opinion?

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    20 Apr 2022

    I agree with constructive_moth I mean the people do not play their parts as well as they ought to I personally feel like teaching refugee children is a good thing, and is the most important

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      champion_elephant's comment 20 Apr 2022

      Can you say why?

      1. British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 20 Apr 2022

        well because its common sense I do not think education wastes, a little knowledge goes a long way don't you think by educating the refugees those refugees can educate others and maybe just maybe they will be a way of helping to stop the whole war situation.

        1. British Council.jpg easygoing_flower | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
          champion_elephant's comment 20 Apr 2022

          I disagree with champion_elephant about education stopping the war. Education is a thing, and war is another. Education will help on the long term, but war is a result
          of a various and complicated reasons and stopping it won't a matter of education.
          Your point to me is just unclear. Can you explain further? How education stops a war?

          1. British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            easygoing_flower's comment 24 Apr 2022

            Well I would say education contributes to war because someone who is educated can make plans to help reduce the war. While also someone who is educated and doesn't have self defence skills can't fight the opponent. So if you look at it education has an advantage and disadvantage in war scenerios.

          2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            easygoing_flower's comment 25 Apr 2022

            I do not agree with you because education is an important means. For example, if we are educated, we will find a way to stop the war. International communities agree on the importance of education as an important tool for the emotional, material and social stability of its members, and thus guarantees them a longer stay in the first ranks among the countries of the world, specifically in the economic fields and manifestations Civilization, but in the event of instability, education falls victim to these humanitarian crises, and loses its priority even to ensure peace and security throughout.

        2. British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
          champion_elephant's comment 21 Apr 2022

          I agree with champion_elephant that education can stop wars, but how?
          Let me explain for you, first education that stops war is for the whole world's kids, children, and youth with no exception, but what kind of education? The education of not to be greedy, to care about other humans as brothers and sisters, because these children and youth are the ones who'll be the leaders of their countries in the future, and if they learned how greed can destroy the world and stop it, the world will live in peace if not in the near future, it will in the far future!

          1. British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
            amazing_reflection's comment 21 Apr 2022

            You have a point amazing_reflection, but i disagree with how you flipped school education into the values and moral ones. Of course, learning those values have a great impact but war stop education and there's a no way back this, like how will education stop war?? To not go further, Ukraine and Russia are of the greatest countries in education, they offer qualified education and thousands of students migrate to them for education, but did this stop the war?

        3. British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
          champion_elephant's comment 26 Apr 2022

          I disagree with champion_elephant on education stopping the war. Education is a one thing, and war is another, like Education help children with their future and war destroys children’s future by so war can destroys the school, with war children cannot go to school and learn more. what I'm just saying is, I cannot understand, your point it is not clear to me unclear. Can you explain further on how to stop it? How education stops a war (like really)?

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

            This is a very interesting question, emotional_piano. Can anyone answer it? "How does education help to stop a war?"

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      champion_elephant's comment 02 May 2022

      And I agree with you that educating children is the most important, because they are the future and they will draw its lines. Therefore, this category should be given the greatest attention and care. When we create a creative and thinking generation, we build healthy societies free of hatred.

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

    Young refugee women face enormous challenges in seeking suitable employment in host countries, and many of them depend on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. These include legal restrictions, restrictions on movement, poor working conditions, low wages, and exploitation in the workplace.

    Meanwhile, host countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, which have the largest numbers of refugees, face challenges in meeting the basic needs of refugees, as well as economic challenges and challenges and problems that are already specific to their own people.

    1. British Council.jpg easygoing_flower | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      appreciative_pear's comment 20 Apr 2022

      That's because those countries are not host countries. They're not able to handle refugees at all. Besides, the presence of refugees in Lebanon, for example, is chaotic which puts even more burden on the country

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    20 Apr 2022

    Leaving everything behind in one life and beginning another in a different country with different laws, different education and health systems, different languages and cultural expectations require a period of adjustment. Some of the documented challenges faced by people from refugee backgrounds are Racism, Finding employment, and Language barriers. Let's break them down
    Language barriers.
    Language barriers can make refugees feel isolated, hopeless, and anti-social, which often leads to depression. Struggling with speaking and comprehension makes it difficult for refugees to make friends with Americans and can, unfortunately, make them a target for bullying.
    Finding employment.
    Participation in the labor market is seen as the most important factor favoring long-term integration into society. The UK currently has no national strategy to aid the transition of refugees into the labor market but instead relies on NGOs to provide specific and tailoring refugee employment. Gaps in the CV; Significant gaps in the CV due to the prolonged asylum process during which most refugees are unable to work. The significant period of unemployment created by the UK’s asylum process produces more than just an obstacle to the gap on the CV.
    Racism.
    Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. The several Member States made it clear that irregular and in particular Muslim migrants were not welcome. In its 2015-2016 Shadow Report on racism and discrimination against migrants, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) highlights those African migrants in need of humanitarian protection were framed as ‘economic’ or ‘illegal’ migrants without any political assessments of the push and pull factors, in this context, politicians and political and media commentators delivered anti-migrant statements and racist hate speech with impunity.
    I love your post constructive_moth.

    1. British Council.jpg easygoing_flower | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      rational_grape's comment 20 Apr 2022

      Thank you for bringing up the discrimination against refugees.

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

    However, refugee children often face numerous challenges during their movement, at their destination and upon return, often as a result of little or no options to allow them to move along safe and regular paths with their families. They may be forced into child labour, pressured into early marriage, and subjected to smuggling with aggravating conditions, human trafficking, and at risk of violence and exploitation. They also often miss out on opportunities for adequate education and health care, and it is not easy to feel at home in the communities they reach; Their quest to learn a new language and integrate into a new culture makes their situation even more difficult. These difficulties leave lasting physical and psychological effects on children on the move, preventing them from achieving their full potential. We can solve these problems or penalties.

    1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      appreciative_pear's comment 21 Apr 2022

      I agree with appreciative_pear about children facing a lot of problems during resettlement as refugees. They tend to be more affected psychologically and physically as they are still very young and weak in these areas. They face all the full challenges of being a refugee such as inadequate education, language barriers, integrating into a new community and so on at such a tender age with tends to be harder on them, therefore, making the physical and psychological effect on them more but we can still help them to lightentheir burdens by lending a helping hand in our own special way.

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

    Refugees go through many ordeals because of their catastrophe and their distance from their homes and families, and perhaps one of these ordeals is the psychological and mental illnesses they suffer from.

    However, their resilience may play a major role in their survival until they return home safely, as there is a possibility that rates of mental illness or mental illness are lower than expected due to flexible ways of thinking and their ability to adapt to new conditions, hence the The importance of providing health, psychological and community support and care to refugees so that their conditions may be stabilized in the country of displacement.

  • British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
    22 Apr 2022

    I can say that, you can help them by making a protesting with the government to stop the wars so that the refuse can have a better life, like in the Ukraine war, children don't get a better life because of the war between two countries, if the countries stop the war, children can get a better life, I was researching Amnesty International and got interested in what they said, it said ''PEOPLE ARE DYING WHILE GOVERNMENTS SPEND BILLIONS ON BORDER CONTROL''.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    22 Apr 2022

    I agree with you constructive_moth on teaching refugees because of their disrupted education. I say this because their literacy and vocabulary will become worse and making them sound offensive. For example, a kid goes to Spanish classes and when she misses it, her vocabulary is not that good. One day, a war starts in their country and they are forced to flee. When they reach their new country the kid tries to speak Spanish with the other kids but unintentionally uses mischievous words making her face discrimination. I agree with you that refugees face discrimination in various ways.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 22 Apr 2022

      This is a reason I had not considered before. Why else is education important, rational_grape?

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    22 Apr 2022

    A refugee is a person who has been expelled from his country He is a person who feels hungry, thirsty and poor Some refugees do not feel thirst, hunger and poverty, but rather feel irresponsible because their country is their responsibility and they left them alone.I wish every refugee to return to his country of origin and live in it as it was before and better 🤗❤️

    1. British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
      outspoken_shrimp's comment 22 Apr 2022

      I disagree with you outspoken_shrimp. First, a refugee is a person who has been forced to leave her country because of reasons such as racism, climate change and others, meaning they should not go back immediately because they might get killed so I don't think it is a good idea to remain or go back to a country falling because of chaos.

    2. Cheam Fields logo sympathetic_swan | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
      outspoken_shrimp's comment 22 Apr 2022

      I disagree with you outspoken_shrimp because they are not expeled from there country, they are forced and they are not irresponsible because they were forced out of there country. You are right that it is there responsibility but they were forced so it is not there falt, it is the country which forced them out.

      1. British Council.jpg generous_lychee | Makini Academy | Kenya
        sympathetic_swan's comment 23 Apr 2022

        That is very true sympathetic swan but I think it is a good choice if they live there country because if they might stay they might experience gender inequality, racism and many others just because of war ,so it is better if they live there country than experience this am I right or wrong?

      2. British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
        sympathetic_swan's comment 25 Apr 2022

        I agree with you sympathetic_swan

    3. British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
      outspoken_shrimp's comment 25 Apr 2022

      I disagree with you outspoken_shrimp. let me explain what refugees are, refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their own country because of reasons like climate change, war, political unrest and gang violence. that meaning they leave their country immediately or else they might get killed, so I will say or think it is a good idea to remain or go back to the country because of chaos. You are right that you said ‘ their country is their responsibility and they left them alone’ but they were forced to leave so it is not there felt to leave their own country.

        1. British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
          rational_grape's comment 26 Apr 2022

          ok, thank you very much

    4. Cheam Fields logo polite_poem | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
      outspoken_shrimp's comment 05 May 2022

      I disagree with you outspoken_shrimp,because your saying that they are expelled but they are not they were forced to leave their country and they are not irresponsible because it was the country who forced them out,so it is not the refugees fault.Also,A refugee is when a person has been forced out of their country because there might of been problems so i don't recommend refugees going back to their country if there is chaos because it is to dangerous.

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

    Young Syrian refugee women face enormous challenges in seeking suitable employment in host countries, and many of them depend on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. These include legal restrictions, restrictions on movement, poor working conditions, low wages, and exploitation in the workplace.

    At the same time, the host countries, which have the largest numbers of Syrian refugees, face challenges in meeting the basic needs of the refugees. These countries also face economic challenges and challenges and problems that are already specific to their own people.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    23 Apr 2022

    I do not agree with the constructive moth, and it is not possible to link education with stopping wars. We are not the ones who decide to continue or stop the war, but we are the ones who make the decisions about education. Someone might say how is that? Yes, we are the decision makers in education by providing opportunities for refugees to access schools, secure what they need, and bring them to university levels to be able to complete their lives safely.

  • British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
    25 Apr 2022

    constructive_moth, I have a question for you, the that are refugees they live where?

  • British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
    28 Apr 2022

    Constructve_moth l, I have a question for you, let as say like a family of refugees are evacuating for the support war and the children get separated from their families, the childrens are all by then self, they go to a they go to a new country but nobody wants them they're all search for their family but they can't find them so they found out that 50 people of the world war what did and one of them by their parents now gone forever the orphans

    1. British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
      emotional_piano's comment 29 Apr 2022

      I can't exactly understand what you are saying

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

    They may not be able to communicate with their family members because of the distance
    This can be overcome by using technology
    A smartphone can be a lifeline for a person if they have to leave everything behind, lose contact with friends and relatives, or try to find their way to a new country. Amnesty International recently found that one of the most important issues refugees search for online is information about their situation and the solutions available to them. Many tech groups are responding to that need by proposing innovative projects ranging from online language learning brochures, smartphone recycling, and refugee start-ups.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    03 May 2022

    It is important to know they challenges that refugees face and to know how to help them. This is because as humans we ought to help each other as we depend on ourselves to survive. We ought to share each others burdens.
    Someone who disagrees with me might say, that it is not important to help others because as humans we ought to mind our business and not meddle in each others affairs. He/she might also say that as humans there is no need to share each others burdens as we all have our own burdens so we must face them alone. He/she might say that since we are all born as single individuals we should all live our lives as single individuals and live for ourselves not for anyone else.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    04 May 2022

    Refugee and freedom of movement: Refugees may suffer from a problem that is an obstacle to them to live normally, which is freedom of movement, as some countries, when a refugee resorts to them, put him inside campsThis means that he has been restricted inside this place and is not entitled to leave to another place except with procedures that may need time to issue an exit permit, and the person may be in urgent need to leave which means that these restrictions may lead to problems such as escaping from the camp and becoming the refugee again homeless And I mention to you an example of that in my country, when the Syrians took refuge in him, and he put them inside a camp called Zaatari.

    They were not allowed to leave without an order from those responsible for the place. From my point of view, this is an inappropriate act that lacks the minimum standards of a decent human life. In other countries, the situation was the same, and we have seen many problems occurring in the camps, especially in the winter and freezing cold. What are the alternative ways and solutions for these camps? How do we provide a helping hand to refugees without making them feel unwanted by their presence?

  • British Council.jpg witty_starfruit | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    09 May 2022

    I think living a life as a refugee, food,house and financial difficulties may be experienced, but I think they can be helped when the country that has accepted them provide them food ,give them a place to live and also give them jobs to do which will help them in their finance problems ,and also send their children to school ,in this way I think it may help them,but not only that country can help but other willing countries can also donate money or anything that can help them so I think in this way refugees can be helped

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    18 May 2022

    I think there is a great link between this post and another post was published on topical talk which is " Encouraging refugees to start entrepreneurship" link of the post: https://talk.economistfoundation.org/projects/refugees-and-responsibility/the-discussion/should-refugees-be-encouraged-to-start-entrepreneurship-businesses-in-host-countries/
    I think from the significant ways to face such challenges mentioned by this post is for refugees to start their own business "entrepreneurship" as it provides the refugees by money and concequently relieve the financial challenged and issue faced by these refugees. So The post of entrepreneurship is a solution or measure for the issue of this post.

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