Red Cross to tackle attitudes to asylum seekers in schools

The British Red Cross has won a £60,000 Home Office grant to pilot a schools project that uses refugee volunteers to try to improve attitudes towards asylum seekers in Scotland.

The three-year Positive Images project is the latest in a series of government-funded and charity-managed schemes to improve empathy for refugees and asylum seekers among young people.

Refugees living in Glasgow will be recruited as volunteers by the British Red Cross and taken to schools across the region to tell their stories and lead activities designed to convey messages of inclusion and diversity.

Funding for the scheme comes a week after refugee and human rights charities described government policy on refugees and asylum seekers as "draconian", said Leigh Daynes, policy officer at Refugee Action.

"Hopefully this will have an impact on the misunderstanding about refugee and asylum issues in this country," he added.

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