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Refugees and asylum seekers are often misunderstood and misrepresented in the media. The truth is, these individuals have had to flee their countries for a variety of reasons, such as war, political persecution, and natural disasters. In this blog post, we’ll be dispelling some of the biggest myths about refugees and asylum seekers.
Myth #1: Refugees are dangerous and a threat to public safety.
This is simply not true. Refugees come to a new country seeking safety and protection, not to cause harm. In fact, research has shown that refugees are less likely to commit crimes than those who are not refugees.
Myth #2: Refugees are a burden on society.
Refugees actually provide a number of positive contributions to society. For example, they can help create jobs, bring new skills and ideas, and contribute to a healthier and more diverse economy.
Myth #3: Refugees are taking away jobs from citizens.
Refugees often have to start from scratch when they arrive in a new country, and many of them struggle to find employment. In fact, refugees often take on jobs that local citizens may not want or are not able to do. This can help to fill labor shortages and create economic opportunities.
Myth #4: Refugee camps are permanent.
The reality is that refugee camps are a temporary solution. Most refugees want to return home when it is safe to do so, and many countries have policies in place that allow for voluntary repatriation
These are just some of the myths about refugees and asylum seekers that need to be debunked. It’s important to remember that refugees and asylum seekers are people just like us, and they should be treated with kindness, respect, and understanding. When you partner with us, you are helping us bring community and hope to this otherwise isolated and neglected people group. You can shop our refugee made goods here!