Resources released in bid to challenge asylum-seeker and immigration myths

Teachers in Scotland can draw on new resources to help challenge misconceptions about immigration and asylum-seekers.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), has produced three guides, for different age ranges, which are being sent to all nurseries, schools, colleges and universities and published on its website.

Myths of Immigration was previewed at a special event at the Scottish Parliament. It provides definitions and facts – for instance, that refugees make up only 0.19 per cent of the UK population – as well as clarifying domestic and international legal obligations towards asylum-seekers. The secondary schools guide offers a range of whole-school approaches and specific ways in which the issues can be tackled through the curriculum.

These include making links with schools in other countries, perhaps through social media, to explore different narratives around immigration; and writing discursive essays.

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