Refugees through time

Compare two images to discuss the shared humanity of refugees throughout history.

Refugees through time
11 - 16
Lesson plan
PSHE, Tutor time
Newsthink, Refugees and migration

Refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people are rarely far from the news headlines, but has this always been the case?

This short activity compares a painting of a refugee family from the 1930s with a photo of a family who fled the violence in Myanmar in 2018. Learners will consider the challenges both may have to face, and their shared humanity.

Resource overview

1. Photo activity: Two images, two stories
Learners share initial thoughts on the images individually.

2. Discussion: Compare and contrast
Learners compare and contrast the images, considering what they might have in common and what they would want to ask the people in the images. 

This resource was written by Rob Bowden and Rosie Wilson of Lifeworlds Learning and published in November 2018. 

Image of a family in Bangladesh who fled the violence in Myanmar in 2018 © Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters