20 June every year is World Refugee Day. Ensuring that refugees are welcome within the UK is hugely important. There are a lot of misconceptions shared about refugees within the modern world, especially due to social media. Correcting this information is not just for the benefit of refugees but for everybody. In recent years, the number of refugees within the UK has risen for a variety of reasons including war. In 2021, the UK received 48,540 asylum applications from main applicants only. This is 63% more than the previous year and the highest number for almost two decades. These refugees have been through an substantial amount before they reach the UK, making them feel welcome when they get to the UK is of the upmost importance. Below you can find five ways to make a refugee feel welcome within your community.
Educate yourself and others about refugees
Unfortunately, over the last few years society as a whole has been seen to be spreading an exceptionally negative attitude toward refugees. Politics and social media have significantly contributed to this predominately negative, false viewpoint on refugees. This negative viewpoint and spreading of misinformation makes it harder for refugees to feel welcomed within the country. Everyone individual within society can play a part in countering the spread of this misinformation about refugees. Reading information about what a refugee legally is and the process to enter the UK as a refugee is an important step in educating yourself and others. Visit sites such as Refugee Action, Red Cross and Refugee Council to provide yourself with accurate information on the subject of refugees.