Refugees and migration

Help young people challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and to develop mutual respect, empathy and understanding.

Explore refugees and migration with our free Geography, Citizenship and PSHE teaching resources.

Get primary and secondary teaching ideas about:

  • what causes people to leave their homes and what their experiences are like
  • the meaning of the terms asylum seekers, migrants and refugees
  • what makes us who we are and how we can understand and celebrate our differences.
Positive images

Age: 11–19 

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship, Geography

Teaching resource exploring positive images and videos about migration and development.

  • Refugees and migration
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Request or download a free teaching pack which includes a guide to our resources, a pen and a poster.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
A British Red Cross workshop in a school.

Age: 10-19

Type: Workshop

Subjects: Cross-curricular

Free first aid and refugee awareness school workshops for children and young people.

  • Refugees and migration
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Celebratory dance

Age: 7-11, 11-14

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: PSHE

Activities to help learners consider identity, belonging and the impact stigma can have on refugee and migrant communities.

  • Refugees and migration
Refugees and WWII evacuees

Age: 7-11

Type: Lesson plan, audio

Subjects: English, History

Look at Princess Elizabeth’s speech from 1940 on kindness and sympathy to explore the topic of refugees.

  • Refugees and migration
The Long Road EP

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, audio, video

Subjects: English, SMSC

Celebrate the contributions of refugees to art and culture, and consider how it may feel to have to flee your country.

  • Refugees and migration
Vietnamese artist Hong Dam.

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE, Art and design

Celebrate the contributions of refugees to art and culture, and consider how it may feel to have to flee your country.

  • Refugees and migration
Syrian refugees and other volunteers fill sandbags to stem flood water in York city centre, December 2015.

Age: 11-16

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, SMSC

Help learners see refugees as “someone like me” to build mutual respect and empathy and build a shared future.

  • Refugees and migration
  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
A boy holding an aid parcel.

Age: 7-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A handy glossary of some of the words that commonly appear in our online teaching resources.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect