POST 5: Approaches to design for change, design-led ethnography

I have been doing researches regarding to the topic refugees and asylum seekers in the past a few weeks. This is a complex topic as people generally hold different point of views from where they stand and if taking large amount of asylum seekers and refugees are going to affect their life. It is also very interesting to find things online that are out of your expectation.

At the beginning I was a bit confused about this topic then I did a general research about the refugees and asylum seekers to get some rough ideas. I found most of the asylum seekers are experiencing discrimination and racism. A good example would be the red doors policy and the red bands, asylum seekers felt extremely discriminated and stated they were “treated like second class human”.

As I do more research I find the mental health is a key point if an asylum seeker/refugee can fit into the local society. The mental health issue for asylum seekers and refugees can not be addressed in a short period of time. We often need to provide them with care and education, to ensure them they felt needed. If this is fixed on time we might be able to avoid lots of issues just because of that. Thus activities organised by non-profit organisations and governments are essential.

Below are the images we have done in class for the word mapping (with Chinese translation):

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Five key points:
1. different people have different understanding on Asylum seekers and refugees as it will effect them in different ways.

2. mental health is the key point for asylum seekers to fit into the society

3. some measures taken by the government will make refugees and asylum seekers felt discriminated but it is necessary to ensure the safety for their people.

4. Australia is at a good situation on asylum seekers and refugees issues compare to other European countries.

5. Education is also a key for asylum seekers to assist them with mental health issues.