Asylum seekers and refugees are often highly marginalized in the communities where they have settled. This can be due to language barriers, fear of encounters with authorities or even other persecutors, discrimination, gender inequality and lack of economic resources.
These are issues of structural violence which cannot be reversed with a series of workshops. However, building consciousness of exclusion and its causes equips your staff and clients to combat racism and discrimination when encountered, and fight for inclusion. This section looks at practical ways to promote inclusion both within refugee populations, and between refugee groups and the communities hosting them.
Activities aimed explicitly at integrating refugees with their host or future host communities are covered – from language classes and livelihoods trainings to neighborhood committees and sports teams. The men’s and women’s groups section looks at promoting gender equality and combating gender violence and discrimination which often results in the double marginalization of refugee women.