Brunel Law students gained first-hand experience of Europe’s migrant crisis and international human rights issues when they spent time volunteering at the Eleonas Refugee Centre in Athens.
The centre provides temporary housing for 700 asylum seekers, including very young children. The students helped with the everyday running of the centre, including meal distribution, entertaining the children and clothing distribution. They also raised £3,500 to buy resources for the refugees, including toilet roll and blankets.
The opportunity engaged the students with one of the biggest challenges faced by European society in recent times. Law graduate Jemma Durham found the trip life-changing. “It broadened my knowledge of human rights and international law while strengthening my passion,” she said. “This trip has inspired my studies and career plans and I am now looking into joining the diplomatic service, where I hope to work on future global issues.”