Experts by Experience: Refugee expectations prior to arriving in the UK

Learn from experts by experience about what their resettlement experiences and what they expected of resettled life in the UK

One question that we’re often asked in Reset’s Community Sponsorship training sessions is, “What do refugees think their life in the UK will be like before they’re resettled”? We usually answer these questions with a range of anecdotes but with a strong reminder that refugees will have a breadth of opinions, worldviews and expectations of resettled life; you won’t know what these are until these individuals arrive in your community and you’re able to ask them yourself.

As part of our Experts by Experience project, we’ve spoken to three different individuals resettled through the Community Sponsorship scheme about their expectations of life in the UK and experiences of the resettlement process. You can read their stories in the documents on the bottom right of this page.

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Friday, August 6, 2021 - 12:40
Key things to do
  • Learn from experts by experience
  • Expect that resettled families may have different expectations of life in the UK 
  • Ask the family what they expected of life in the UK to help address disappointment