World Refugee Day is coming-up in two days. Here is how it described at the official site:
“The United Nations General Assembly designated June 20 as World Refugee Day to recognize and celebrate the contribution of refugees throughout the world. Since then, World Refugee Day has become an annual commemoration marked by a variety of events in over a hundred countries.
year’s World Refugee Day theme is “Real People, Real Needs”. Despite the efforts of many, the needs of refugees worldwide are far from being met. Behind the unmet needs are not just numbers but real people with real stories.”
I don’t have time right now to do a thorough job of compiling resources, but, especially since many of our English Language Learner students are refugees, I felt like I needed to post something about the day.
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Here are a few of The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day (and are accessible to English Language Learners):
Here are photo galleries of refugees from around the world from Refugees International.
Against All Odds is an online game created by the United Nations refugee agency. In the game you play the role of a refugee in various scenarios. It’s probably accessible to high Intermediate English Language Learners.
The UN has a number of good videos on refugees. Unfortunately, most are on YouTube and will be blocked by school content filters (See The Best Ways To Access Educational YouTube Videos At School)
GOOD Magazine has an infographic called Seeking Refuge: A Glance At Refugees Worldwide.
The Road To Refuge is a BBC presentation on the plight of refugees around the world. It has a substantial amount of resources on the site. The link in post connects directly to a slideshow accessible to English Language Learners that highlights refugees from different parts of the globe.
Al Jazeera, the Arabic TV network, has a feature on Hmong refugees in Thailand.
Pakistan’s refugee crisis has been in the news a lot recently. Here are some resources specifically about their plight:
Pakistan’s Invisible Refugees is a slideshow from The New York Times.
Children In Pakistan is a series of photos from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.
Fleeing Swat Valley Fighting – Refugees in Pakistan are photos from The Denver Post.
Here’s a short PDF document from the UN telling about refugee children.
Seeking Refuge is an excellent infographic from The Wall Street Journal showing the “the top countries of origin for refugees.”
TIME Magazine has a slideshow titled The Urbanization of The World’s Refugees.
Beyond The Fire is a PBS site that introduces you to teen refugees.
Refugee 101 may be a bit of a challenge for ELL’s, but it provides an excellent overview of refugees in the United States.
Doctors Without Borders has a few simple lesson plans.
CNN has many refugee-related videos.
The Guardian has a graphic on refugees in the world.
ABC News also has many refugee-related videos.
After The Violence In Kyrgyzstan is a Wall Street Journal slideshow about the same tragedy.
Ethnic attacks in Kyrgyzstan is a series of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture.
World Refugee Day is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
Faces of the displaced is a series of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture. They’re of refugees fleeing the violence in Libya.
Flight and Expulsion is an impressive interactive map showing the refugee flow from and to all parts of the world. You can go and check it out directly, or you might want to read and see short description from Fast Company first.
The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Turns 20 is a series of photos from The Atlantic.
is a new video I’m adding to the list. It’s called “Lost and Found” and has closed captioning.
Dark Passage is a Newsweek slideshow.
Immigration is the title of a Boston Globe series of photos.
Photo Essay: Syrians Escape to Turkey is a photo gallery from The PBS News Hour.
Here is a special photo presentation recognizing sixty years of the United Nations Refugee Agency.
UN report on refugees – in pictures is from The Guardian.
Inside the U.N.’s Shocking New Report on Refugees is from The Atlantic and has some accessible charts.
Slide Show: The World’s Biggest Refugee Hot Zones comes from The PBS News Hour.
Dadaab: the largest refugee camp in the world — audio slideshow is from The Guardian.
Exile Without End: Palestinians In Lebanon is a photo gallery from the CBC.
World Refugee Day 2012 is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Portraits of Refugees Posing With Their Most Valued Possessions is an extraordinary photo gallery.
UN warns of worst refugee crisis in nearly 20 years is from The Guardian.
Where Are the 50 Most Populous Refugee Camps? is an interactive map from Smithsonian Magazine.
A Refugee Camp On The Web is an interactive from Doctors Without Borders.
Syrian Refugees Struggle at Zaatari Camp is an interactive from The New York Times.
Two years on – Syria’s refugee crisis is an interactive from alJazeera.
Refugee Camp in your world is an online game from Doctors Without Borders.
Anatomy of a Refugee Camp is an interactive from The CBC in Canada.
World Refugee Day 2013 is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
The Guardian has published an excellent infographic titled What happened to history’s refugees?
It charts some of the largest “human movements” in history, starting at 740 BC and ending at .
Every registered refugee since 1960: interactive map is from The Guardian.
Ten Largest Refugee Camps is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis is an impressive interactive from The New York Times.
The refugee challenge: can you break into Fortress Europe? – interactive is from The Guardian. It’s done in the mode of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” game.
Get Free Or Die Trying is an impressive interactive.
Where would 8.8 million displaced Syrians fit? is from Al Jazeera.
World Refugee Day Videos comes from The UN.
World Refugee Day 2014 also comes from the UN and has multimedia resources.
The Refugee Project “is an interactive map of refugee migrations around the world in each year since 1975. UN data is complemented by original histories of the major refugee crises of the last four decades, situated in their individual contexts.”
There Are More Displaced People In the World Than Any Point Since World War II is from The Atlantic.
Refugees at Levels Not Seen Since World War II is from The NY Times.
World Refugee Day 2014 is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
How America’s refugee population has changed over time is an infographic from The Washington Post.
Over Under Sideways Down is an interactive online comic strip about refugees, created by the Red Cross.
Syrian Journey: Choose your own route is a new BBC interactive where online users simulate — in an obviously detached way — the decisions a Syrian refugee has to make. It uses the framework of old-style “choose your own adventure” simulations.
Refugee Republic is an interactive about a refugee camp.
Migrant Journeys is an AP interactive.
How to teach … about refugees is from The Guardian.
The Global Struggle to Respond to the Worst Refugee Crisis in Generations is an impressive interactive from The New York Times.
Migrants Journey from Syria to Sweden is a Guardian interactive.
Fleeing by the Millions: Migration Crises Around the World is as photo gallery from The Atlantic.
An Interactive Map Of Every Refugee In The World is from Fast Company.
Mapping Displaced People Around the World is from National Geographic.
Violence Has Forced 50 Million People From Their Homes is from The Atlantic.
The UN Refugee Agency has an amazing interactive.
Fifty Most Populous Refugee Camps is an interactive map.
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60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says is from The New York Times.
New U.N. report says world’s refugee crisis is worse than anyone expected is from The Washington Post.
The Washington Post has an interactive about a Syrian family’s journey.
The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe is a NY Times interactive.
Distance From Home: Translating four decades of global refugee movement to song is one of the more unusual music videos you’ll ever see:
This song was generated using refugee data from the United Nations from 1975 to 2012. The quantity, length, and pitch of the song’s instruments are controlled by the volume of refugee movement and distance traveled between their countries of origin and asylum.
Migrant or Refugee? There Is a Difference, With Legal Implications is from The New York Times.
What do you call a person who moves to another country in search of a better life? is from The Guardian.
The battle over the words used to describe migrants is from The BBC.
Passport, lifejacket, lemons: what Syrian refugees pack for the crossing to Europe is from The Guardian.
The Global Refugee Crisis, Region by Region is from The New York Times.
Desperate Crossing is an impressive interactive from The New York Times.
Al Jazeera has a useful collection of resources on the Syrian refugee crisis.
Refugees in Europe – then and now is from The Guardian.
Great uprootings: Photographs of the world’s most massive migrations is from The Washington Post.
Making Sense Of The Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II is from Dogo News.
Searching for Safety: The Refugee Crisis in Europe Explained in comic form.
Border Challenges: Responding to the Global Migration Crisis is a lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network.
The New York Times has their own virtual reality story on refugees: The Displaced: Introduction.
Statistic Of The Day: “rejecting Syrian refugees won’t make America safer”
Welcomed to Europe is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
The Refugees Who Come Alone is from The Atlantic.
A perilous journey: Khalid’s flight to Europe from Syria – an illustrated account is a “comic book” from The Guardian.
Uncertain Journeys is an interactive from The NY Times.
Thousands of Migrants Are Crossing the Balkans on Foot is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
How Refugees Make It In America is from Five Thirty Eight.
What Responsibility Do We Have to Take In Refugees From Global Humanitarian Crises? is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Learning From The Past To Inform Our Present Response To Refugees
People of Nowhere is a short video about what’s happening on the Greek island of Lesovos, which is receiving thousands of refugees, mainly from Syria:
A visual guide to 75 years of major refugee crises around the world is from The Washington Post.
Photographing the Refugee Trail by Drone is from The New York Times.
Picturing the New Americans is from The Atlantic.
Zaatari’s children: life in a refugee camp – picture essay is from The Guardian.
SANCTUARY WITHOUT END: THE REFUGEES THE WORLD FORGOT is a CNN interactive.
Two Billion Miles is a very impressive interactive from Channel 4 in Great Britain.
Other suggestions are, as always, welcome.
The Waypoint, from the Washington Post, is an amazing interactive published today. It examines the journey of refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos, and is a pretty impressive piece of work. I think it would be an ideal tool to open just about any lesson on refugee crisis.