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Stories of Asylum and Refuge


Years 9-12
Terms 1-4  Tuesday–Friday
Minimum 20 students
Maximum 40 students

English, Languages, The Humanities

School programs and resources

Stories of asylum seekers, displaced persons and refugees

This program is part of the Small Objects, Even Bigger Stories suite of staff led education sessions at the Immigration Museum. A program for Year 9 and above.

Individuals have sought refuge in Australia for more than 100 years. This interactive and activity-based program uses stories from the museum collections and exhibitions to investigate the experiences of individuals who are forced to leave their homeland.

Students also have the opportunity to investigate the history of legislation relating to the settlement of displaced persons in Australia using documents and individual profiles from the migration and cultural diversity collection. Students and teachers then take their own tour through the permanent exhibition galleries, using the Seeking Refuge workbook.

The workshop session introduces the key ideas and definitions:

  • Human Rights
  • Asylum Seeker
  • Refugee

Students and teachers can take their own tour through the galleries focusing on historical perspectives and the personal stories of refugees.

Teacher Resources

Curriculum links

  • Civics and Citizenship: Level 9 and 10
  • Humanities – History: Level 10
  • Intercultural Capability: Level 9 and 10