Lesson 2: Myths and facts
Participants will be able to identify the difference between myths and facts when discussing asylum seekers and refugees.
- Teaching notes Myths and Facts [DOC]
- Excerpt 2 Are students aware of the myths and facts surrounding refugees?
Step 1. Brainstorm
Ask students to brainstorm a list of comments about refugees and asylum seekers that they have heard:
- at school
- in the media
- in the community
Step 2. Definitions
Discuss as a group. Which ones do students think are true? Which ones might not be true? Why or why not?
Step 3. Digital video
Show the Roads to Refuge DVD » Myths and Facts Ask students to consider whether students in the DVD came up with any similar or different myths. Discuss why myths are circulated throughout society. How do such myths affect the lives of refugees living in Australia?
Step 4. Research
Ask students to identify the myths in the original list (Step 1) and to clarify the facts.
For example, students could research the statistics around humanitarian protection visas in Australia or the countries that asylum seekers arrive from.
There are many websites that will help students sort out myths from facts.
- NSW Department of Education and Communities Roads to Refuge
- NSW University Centre for Refugee Research Celebrating Refugee Lives Booklet
- Refugee Council of Australia Mythbuster
- The Centre for Policy Development Refugee Facts
- Amnesty International Australia Frequently Asked Questions
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Resource for Teachers (myths and facts)
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection » Media » Publications » Statistics
Step 5. Concluding discussion
As a class, discuss the main myths about refugees that students came across. What new information was learned?