University of Glasgow academics are about to present their preliminary findings at an award-winning international photographic exhibition. The project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the realities, opportunities, and challenges Syrian refugees face as they attempt to rebuild their lives. The project is run by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Glasgow, in cooperation with SolidarityNow (GR), Educart (LB) and the Scottish Refugee Council (UK).
Research findings are based on 1,511 face-to-face interviews with young Syrian international protection beneficiaries and applicants, 18-32 years old, which were conducted in the UK, Lebanon and Greece, between April and October 2017, exploring their values, skills, training needs and work aspirations. Representative surveys of home populations were also administered about their own aspirations and ideals, their attitudes to refugees, and their priorities for refugee policies.
The Journey: People on the Move is an exhibition originally held in 2016 at Benaki Museum in Athens, co-organized by SolidarityNow, a Greek NGO aiming to support those most affected by the economic and humanitarian crisis in Greece.
8 renowned photographers/photojournalists from Greece captured the Journey, the route all these people took in the past year as they had to flee their countries. The images trace their journey from Turkey to Greece, with the borders as their final destination, hoping to reach a safe haven in Europe.
The exhibition invites the public to travel through the photographs. These testimonies of international photographers aim to familiarize a larger public with this harsh reality confronted every day by thousands of people seeking to reclaim their right to a life with security for themselves and their families.
The Arrival: Young Syrian Refugees in Britain presents original research findings and the most comprehensive analysis of the realities, opportunities, and challenges forcibly displaced people face as they attempt to rebuild their lives. The project is run by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Glasgow, in cooperation with SolidarityNow(GR), Educart (LB) and the Scottish Refugee Council (UK).
Its aim is to improve knowledge and understanding of the lived experiences, skills, training needs and labour aspirations of forcibly displaced young Syrians and the corresponding attitudes and belief structures of the host population in three receiving states: a neighbouring host state (Lebanon), the main entry point to Europe (Greece), and a north European destination state (the United Kingdom).
This exhibition reveals, for the first time, the results of a face-to-face survey conducted with 500 young Syrians (18-32 years old) in each of these countries. Visitors will have the chance to engage in an interactive way with the findings, enriching their understanding of refugee politics in Britain, in a comparative context.
The Exhibition is funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (Award Reference: ES/P005189/1). For further details, please see www.RefugeePolitics.net