Passages Refugee Experience (UNHCR)


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Passages is a role-playing experience developed by UNHCR in 1995 designed to put participants through the ordeal of being a refugee fleeing war or persecution. It is experienced in a large space, outside on a square or inside in a large room like a gymnasium, in groups of 15 to 67 people.

Experience facilitators are designated and the group is subdivided in “families”. Each of these families will go through experience modules putting them through all aspects of being a refugee (fleeing a country, crossing borders, claiming asylum). The facilitators will brief and debrief the players afterwards. Some props and clothing are will be provided.

This experience is designed to help create awareness, arouse emotions and encourage participants to take action on behalf of refugees. In this experience, participants will…

…discover the concrete problems which confront refugees

…feel the psychological anguish caused by separation and flight

…see what forces people into refugee situations and the events that bring them to refugee camps

…think about possible solutions to refugee problems

…adopt a more welcoming attitude towards refugees

…become motivated to undertake actions on behalf of refugees.

This experience is recommended for middle schoolers and above.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no ID requirements. The event is recommended for 6th graders and above.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking for about 20 vehicles on and around the property.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring a small bag and bottled water or other drink. Please do not bring food.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact Daniel at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?