Course Description

This module explores what it means to be a refugee in our modern context. It describes the evolution of our modern legal framework for supporting refugees and explores how our understanding of refugees as  specific types of migrants has evolved over time and may change in future.

This module will be of interest to anyone with a concern for refugees who wants to understand more about who they are and the challenges they pose in today's world. More specifically, this module will benefit anyone with interests in three primary areas addressed in the modules based on Welcoming Newcomer Children: settlement, culture and diversity.

This module is appropriate for people with a range of interests and experience, including people who

  • Would like more information about refugees or who have knowledge and wish to learn more.
  • Would like to think further about what it means to be a refugee and consider how our ideas about refugees have changed over time. 
  • Have little or no previous experience with newcomer children and families, specifically, refugees.
  • Have met and interacted with many newcomers.
  • Are newcomers themselves.
  • Are educators in settings such as centre-based child care, home child care, elementary schools
  • Are settlement workers or counsellors who work in settings that support newcomer children and families, including refugees.

2 ECE hours

Author, Consultant

Judith Colbert, PHD

Judith is a writer, researcher & training specialist. As a Canadian consultant with an international perspective, her goal is to build bridges between research & practice, mainstream & newcomer experiences.Much of her work focuses on care for young immigrants & refugees. She is particularly interested in the development of appropriate standards for the delivery of quality care for newcomer populations & in the relationship between the settlement of young children & their successful transition to kindergarten.

Course curriculum

  • 4

    Before You Begin

  • 5

    Introduction

  • 6

    Roots of Understanding

    • The Language of Migration

    • Refuge, Asylum, Sanctuary

    • Why is Language Important?

  • 7

    Modern Controversies

    • Modern Controversies

    • ACTIVITY

  • 8

    The Modern Legal Context

  • 9

    The UN Convention on the Rights of Refugees

    • The UN Convention on the Rights of Refugees

    • ACTIVITY

  • 10

    UNHCR in Receiving Countries

    • UNHCR in Receiving Countries

  • 11

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

    • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • 12

    DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

    • DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

  • 13

    The Refugee Camps

    • The Refugee Camps

  • 14

    PERSPECTIVES ON REFUGEE ISSUES - WORLD WIDE WAVES - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    • PERSPECTIVES ON REFUGEE ISSUES: THE PAST

    • The Present

    • The Future

  • 15

    Wrap-Up

    • Wrap- up

    • Home

  • 16

    Self-evaluation

    • Test Your Learning

  • 17

    Module Completion

    • RESOURCES