Immigration has always been a topic of discussion when it comes to British politics, and with a war torn Syria and a nation of displaced citizens fleeing the country, the discussion is more relevant than ever.
However, according to a survey conducted by UoGlos Live, attitudes towards immigration are much more inclusive and tolerant. Of those surveyed, all of the participants were from the UK and nine in ten of those people answered “yes” to allowing refugees from places like Syria into the UK for asylum.
When asked whether they believed the Calais Jungle refugee camp should have been destroyed almost 69% of survey participants answered “No”. The Calais Jungle was a refugee camp near Calais, Paris in which an excess of 6,000 refugees settled. Many displaced refugees attempting to illegally travel to the UK via the Port of Calais and the Eurotunnel once they arrived at the camp.
Despite the support for refugees in Europe, fleeing war and persecution, survey participants had varying solutions to the refugee crisis. The 37% majority suggested that the UK should have a set limit of migrants it can accept, 31% of participants on the other hand suggested that the Government should do more to help.
“We are delighted to have secured €237,000 worth of Erasmus+ funding to help bring the stories of many migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to life.” – Dr Abigail Gardner
In an effort to educate young people on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers the EU organisation Erasmus+ has awarded the University of Gloucestershire over 200,000 euros. The University will oversee several other schools across Europe on collaborative projects focusing on cultural diversity and tolerance.
Under the project title ‘MyStory: Digital Storytelling Toolbox for Diversity’ the University will develop training tools that can be used in schools across Europe to create a better understanding and a wider tolerance for those fleeing persecution and war.
“The MyStory project will allow teachers and students across four countries to share their migration experiences with other schools and universities, and indeed across entire communities.” – Dr Abigail Gardner