The current situation in Afghanistan has got us thinking again about the role that community and commercial repair can play for refugees and asylum seekers.
Sharing repair skills connects refugees and asylum seekers to their new communities, and contributes to our society.
I can think of a few examples of this in action, such as Omer, who came to the UK from Libya and volunteers at Repair Café Glasgow; Restarters Romandie, who have run repair cafes with refugees and asylum seekers; and the summer school for kids seeking asylum we ran back in 2019.
But it would be really interesting to hear others’ experiences too.
Do you work with refugees and asylum seekers in your community group or repair businesses? How?
Or are/were you a refugee or asylum seeker yourself? Has repair helped you in any way?