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Age 5-11 votes
Age 11-16+ votes
The war between Ukraine and Russia started on February 24th, 2022 and became a dominating issue for many countries across the Europe and the World. Both with disruptions in the oil industry as well as huge amounts of European and American weaponry being sent to Ukraine.
But it is important to consider the individuals who are fleeing Ukraine in search of refuge.The human impact of the conflict is profound on an individual and national level. Since the start of the war, over 6,231,000 people from Ukraine to become refugees and have fled to safety in countries across Europe.
What happens to refugees when they come to the UK, and how the UK government and citizens respond, has been debated by politicians for many years, with refugees previously coming from conflict zones in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and many others.
To mark the 25th anniversary of Refugee Week, and this year’s theme of “Compassion in Action”, our voters explored how the war in Ukraine may have changed perceptions of refugees.
Secondary and 16+ voters considered: “Has the Ukraine war changed our perception of refugees?” Whereas Primary 9-11 voters considered “Does the UK make refugees feel welcome?” and Primary 5-9 voters debated a similar question, “Do we know how to make refugees feel welcome?”
"I voted 'no' because we don't always respect every refugee as much as UK nationals."
“No - Some people in the UK have pretty set opinions about refugees, it doesn't matter where they are coming from. It is difficult to change this perception.”
“I now know more about refugees and have realised that we do need to treat refugees better. A lot of the headlines are dehumanising, everyone is only human and should be treated equally. Because we hear so many stories, people become desensitised to the refugee experience.”