Five facts about refugees that the media ISN’T telling you…

By Elizabeth Arif-Fear

Blog (statistics) updated: June 2020

There’s a lot of talk of refugees in the media at present but rather than presenting facts, what the tabloids present is predominantly anti-refugee rhetoricscaremongering and racist/Islamophobic discourse. As a result, many people are worried about the effect of refugees on their local communities and on a wider international scale.

The following statements represent typical “concerns” of certain sections of British/European society fed by the media:

“They’re claiming thousands of pounds of benefits.”

“It’s safe back home for them.”

“It’s just single young men coming over, never any women or kids.”

“We can’t possibly take anymore – why can’t any other countries take them?”

Sound familiar? Well, here’s five myths the media likes to peddle and the real truth that they’re not telling you:







Speaks volumes doesn’t it! So, next time someone thinks they’ve got their facts right: set them straight! Embrace diversity, protect human rights and welcome your global brothers and sisters! 🙂

Statistics and further information:

Featured image: Erin Wilson (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Statistics: European Parliament (2020), Refugee Action (2020), UNHCR (2020)

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