Refugee Realities

LSE HE Blog Special Issue in collaboration with the DV462 Film Club

To help celebrate and bring awareness to Refugee Week UK 2021, we are pleased to introduce Refugee Realities, a series of 11 podcasts produced by MSc students on the Forced Displacement and Refugees course in the LSE Department of International Development. Like the course, the topics covered are eclectic. They range from a birds-eye perspective on the challenges facing refugee governance and recent national and international refugee policy to the voices and experiences of refugees themselves as they share how they navigated asylum status processes in the UK and Austria. Along the way, we also get a sense of some of the initiatives out there that are working to assist forcibly displaced people, whether by refugees in neighbouring countries, local organisations here in London, or international NGOs that are always looking for volunteers.

The series is divided into five themes with two podcasts per theme. Across Refugee Week, from June 14th to the 18th, we’ll be releasing two student-recorded podcasts every day. Click the theme below to access the two podcasts in that theme. The first theme, Challenges in Refugee Governance has been released today. Happy listening!


Ian Madison, the convener of the Refugee Realities series of podcasts, provides context on the origin and nature of this series in a post titled, Why my students produced podcasts during a pandemic Taitum Caggiano, a student on the course and one of the podcast producers, explains why she took part and what she learned in a post titled, Connecting academic theory with the real world


For a complete listing of Refugee Week events or to get involved, check out the Refugee Week website, follow Refugee Week on Instagram and on Twitter and Facebook @RefugeeWeek. For LSE-hosted resources, here’s a post on the Careers Blog, Take Action: Refugees and Asylum Seekers and an event on The humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia hosted by the Africa Centre and Department for International Development.

In the meantime, stay tuned for the podcasts.



This series of podcasts was made possible by an Eden Catalyst Fund. Many thanks go to all the students who participated; Lee-Ann Sequeira, Chris Doughty, and Noor Abdulghani at the LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement; and Stuart Gordon, Anna D’Alton, Maria Do-Prado, and Dipa Patel at the LSE Department of International Development.


Image credit: Angels Unaware by Timothy P. Schmalz. Courtesy the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Office.