“DIFFERENT ROUTES/ROOTS, SHARED FUTURE”: NERS at Refugee Week in Sunderland

“DIFFERENT ROUTES/ROOTS, SHARED FUTURE”: NERS at Refugee Week in Sunderland


This year the North of England Refugee Service in collaboration with Friends of the Drop in, celebrated the Refugee Week by producing an informative exhibition on the journeys that asylum seekers face to flee their country of origin and find refuge in the UK.


Inspired by artwork at the exhibition “Disappearance at sea – Mare Nostrum” at Newcastle Baltic Museum, a small group of staff, volunteers and asylum seekers worked together to collect and visually represent 4 anonymous real stories of people fleeing persecution in their home country, and now living in Sunderland, while waiting for a decision on their asylum claim.
The 6 panels highlight features such as reasons for leaving, skills, length of travel, cost, transportation, difficulties faced, in combination with key definitions and a concise explanation of procedures, entitlements and exclusions all asylum seekers face.


“Different routes/roots, shared future” aims at informing general public on present and past life of asylum seekers living in Sunderland, and encourages everyone to reflect on the life-threatening situations most of them faced, and reasons behind their necessity to flee and seek refuge in a safe country.


The exhibition was displayed at Sunderland Civic Centre, Gentoo office, Sunderland City College, Sunderland Museum, FODI drop in, and Pop Records.