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Refugee Outreach Collective

Walking in refugees’ footsteps

Student organization simulates the experience on campus for a day


Poverty, danger and fear are often part of a refugee’s story. To better understand life for people in crisis, a group of Central Michigan University students spent an evening in a forced migration simulation. The student organization Refugee Outreach Collective hosted the “Seeking Refuge” event Oct. 17.

More than 40 participants gathered in Anspach Hall, where they received background information for a simulated flight from persecution. Their scenarios included stories detailing situations involving danger caused by an oppressive and corrupt government.

Students then moved to locations across campus and began the simulation. They navigated hypothetical circumstances to find safety in another country, a real-life situation for many refugees around the world. Students then reflected on the challenges of forced migration around the globe and discussed what they learned from the activity.

For more information about the simulation or Refugee Outreach Collective at CMU, contact Julia Dobija at

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