Want To Be A STAR? STudent Action for Refugees

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Hot New Society Alert on campus! Get involved on Wednesday 12th October (TODAY) 3-4:30pm in Barnes Lecture Theatre

STAR Bournemouth is a newfound network at Bournemouth University’s Student Union. They want to get students involved with directly helping refugees by running campaigns, fundraising, volunteering and holding other events for the cause. Their aim is to do more to support refugees in a fun and positive way, so students can do more than just share the odd link on Facebook.

The refugee crisis is a term that is retweeted and shared but do we really know what it means? Well heres the facts: ref2

  1. There is an estimated 59.5 million people displaced worldwide; this breaks down into 19.5 million refugees, 38.2 million ‘internally displaced people’ (people who have left their homes but have crossed an international boarder) and 1.8 million Asylum Seekers.
  2. There have been 13.9 million people displaced this year alone.
  3. 42,500 people are fleeing their homes each day.
  4. 51% of these are under 18 years old, people younger than us are having to leave their homes.

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The main country we hear these facts relating to in the news is Syria. This is because 1 in every 4 refugees worldwide are Syrian, which is 45% of the overall Syrian population. 10 million Syrians are currently displaced and 4 million have fled the country. The UNHCR (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has called the situation “a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history”.

Now knowing all of this, it begins to get interesting. Only 0.24% of the UK population are refugees. The UK government have only resettled 187 Syrian refugees, yet in 2014 the UK received 25,020 asylum applications. 60% of these were initially refused and 28% of the refusals being successful when they appealed.

If you would like to be part of the voice that changes this, Natalie Whitmore (President) and Nina Nigel (Vice-President) are holding the first STAR Bournemouth meeting Wednesday 12th October (TODAY) 3-4:30pm in Barnes Lecture Theatre for anyone interested in getting involved — there are also committee seats available for anyone who really wants to make a difference!