Year 10 History - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia
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Vietnamese refugee wins top Australian Literary Award « Refugees ...

Vietnamese refugee wins top Australian Literary Award « Refugees ... | Year 10 History - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia |
A Vietnamese man who first came to Australia more than 30 years ago as a refugee has been recognized at Australia's premier literary awards. Anh Do, a comedian and author, won three awards for his book, The Happiest ...

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From high seas to HSC: a refugee success story

"Bashir Yousufi is an orphan who fled Afghanistan leaving behind three younger brothers. He's now a high school student in Sydney's west with a passion for the country that gave him refuge."

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Tali Sarkoezy's curator insight, April 18, 2013 3:44 AM


This short clip tells the story of Bashir Yousufi. Bashir is an Afghani orphan who left for Australia by boat when he was just 14 years old. Since then he has enrolled in school and want to go to university to study to be an accountant. Together with his friend Mohsen Hussaini, he his building a new life in Australia.


Teaching idea:

Students watch the above clip and make notes on Bashir and Mohsen's refugee experience and what has happened since they have arrived in Australia. What are the challenges they face today? What do they like about living in Australia?


Students read the one of the hoax emails about refugees ( What does this say about refugee life in Australia?


Students work in groups of 4-5 to fill out a T-chart ( comparing the two representations of refugee life. (See Petty, 2009, p.133 for more information on graphic organisers).


Model how to locate factual information/the truth about the life of refugees in Australia from trusted sources. Students use the internet to locate this information (eg. government websites, Amnesty International website) and note down three key facts they did not know before. In the same groups as before, students create a checklist/criteria for determining the validity of websites and media/texts that report on controversial issues, such as the rights of refugees. The groups' checklists are combined to make a whole class checklist. 


Petty, G. (2009). Evidence based teaching: A practical approach (2nd edition). Cheltenham (UK): Nelson Thornes Ltd.



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The Refugee Project: An interactive map of refugee migrations around the world

The Refugee Project: An interactive map of refugee migrations around the world | Year 10 History - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia |
Created by Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma, The Refugee Project visualizes UNHCR refugee data and UN population data to tell the stories of refugee movements from 1975 to 2012. See it at   
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Refugee Journey

Refugee Journey | Year 10 History - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia |
We often hear stories about people coming to Australia as refugees, in search of a better life. But what we don't hear much about is the long journey they took. You're about to hear the story about a young guy who escaped a country at war. Here's Tash.

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Katey Fotheringham's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:13 AM

The Refugee Journey is a video from Behind the News that depicts the journey of an African refugee Johnson who made is way to Australian with his family. The video is from Johnson’s perspective he describes his life in Africa and his achievements since moving to Australia. The video shows Johnson receiving his Australian citizenship and depicts what Australian citizenship means to Johnson. This resource can be used to teach students about the role Australia plays in helping people from other countries such as Sudan. It also allows teachers to unpack cultural diversity in Australia, as well as exploring the rights of Australian citizens in comparison to other countries around the world. Teachers can take Johnson’s experience of being a refugee and moving to Australian where he set up his own organization to help children in Africa to inspire students to consider their role as a global citizen. An activity for students may involve creating a website for their own support organization or creating a news report on another African country in need of support. A video news report by the students would be a way for teachers to assess their knowledge, research skills and oral communication. Assessment by teachers as well as peers would be an effective way to determine whether the learning has been achieved. In addition this resources also enables teachers to integrate other curriculum areas such as geography and literacy. 

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Refugees as a Part of World Migration Patterns

Refugees as a Part of World Migration Patterns | Year 10 History - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia |

A refugee is a person who has been pushed away from their homeland and seeks refuge in another place. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) provides a more narrow definition of a refugee as someone who flees their home country due to a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”

As Neal Lineback notes in this Geography in the News post, not all refugees are covered by this definition.  Environmental refugees have been forced to leave their homes beause of soil degradation, deserticfication, flooding, drought, climate change and other environmental factors. 

Tags: environment, environment depend, migration, unit 2 population.

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jada_chace's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:47 AM

 Refugees are found in a large percent of Earth’s surface. Some people chose to migrate, while others are forced. Some leave their home in order to get away from their country, for example due to a war. Many flee to nearby countries and are afraid to return to their hometown because they are frightened of what might happen if they go back. Another reason many refugees leave their country is due to environmental problems and the people cannot afford to live in that country.

Elle Reagan's curator insight, October 17, 2014 1:31 PM

I felt like this article was very relevant to our Unit 2, Population. We have talked about refugees and migration in a great deal and I thought this map was a good visual. I also liked the information it provided about what refugees really are and that they are really a part of the world migration pattern.

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:31 PM

Refugees are often thought of as those with the "refugee problems" they face, the problems they create and the constant struggle they possess of never being able to go home for the political/religious dispute in their homeland.  

However this articles goes into depth of the definition of a refugee and furthermore focuses on the topic of "environmental refugees' who are forced to get up and leave their land due to soul degradation, flooding, etc. - UNIT 2

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UNHCR Historical Refugee Data

UNHCR Historical Refugee Data | Year 10 History - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia |
Explore the UNHCR statistical data with this visualization

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Kim Seeto's curator insight, April 13, 2014 8:21 AM


Outcome Stage 3: Change and continuity

Subject matter: “Family, school, local, national and global events, issues, problems and trends.”

Focus: Global and national events


The above link is an interactive website from the UNHCR (2012). It is a map of the world. When a student clicks on a country it tell them how many refugees live in that country and how many refugees come from that country. This website can lead to various discussions on why certain countries may have fewer or more refugees than others. For example Canada (163,756) has significantly more refugees than Australia (30,083) while Russia has a lower intake than other countries (3178). The class can discuss and research why this might be the case which can lead to discussions on: geography, political climate and where refugees may have came from (Russia is a good example of this, since the intake number and the number of refugees from Russia are highly disproportionate).


 To get a more personal understanding of a refugee then just seeing numbers on a website, a teacher may show a video of a refugee in Australia such as the following video by BTN of a Sudanese refugee named; Johnson Maker.


There are also organisations that can arrange for speakers to come to schools to talk about refugees. For example, the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC), ASRC is based in Victoria (link below).


  ASRC also have fact sheets about the Myths and Facts about refugees and asylum seekers. These can be made into a poster project for students in stage 3.


ASRC: Speakers and resource kits for schools:



Myth and Facts


ABC (2014). Refugee Journey. [online] Retrieved from: [Accessed: 13 Apr 2014].

ASRC (n.d.). For Teachers. [online] Retrieved from: [Accessed: 13 Apr 2014].

ASRC (2014). Myth and facts. Victoria: Available through: ASRC [Accessed: 13 Apr 2014].


Board Of Studies (1998). Syllabus: Human society and its environment k-6.Sydney: Board Of Studies.

UNHCR (2012). UNHCR Historical Refugee Data. [online] Retrieved from: [Accessed: 13 Apr 2014].