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The Refugee Journey

November 16, 2019
2:45 pm
- 4:00 pm

Dudley H. Davis Center
Man with children looking at boats

The game Refugee Journey provides insight into the challenges that refugees face as they attempt to find safety. Players draw from experience cards based on actual refugee experiences. A facilitator plays the roles of border guards, smugglers, medical officers and immigration officers, forcing players to deal with dangers, unfairness, and bureaucracy. The game ends when a player departs for resettlement, thus making the point that less than 1% of refugees gain such safety. Post-game discussions bring home the emotions of this experience. The board game was created by Laurie Stavrand and the staff and alumni of USCRI Vermont in collaboration with Jana Zeller and Sandglass theater.


Dudley H. Davis Center
590 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
(802) 656-4636


Richelle Franzoni
(802) 262-1355