When a community football team needs recruits and a group of refugees needs a new home, they turn out to be a perfect fit. But first, there is ignorance and fear and prejudice to be overcome. That’s the basis of an Australian film featured in this year’s Global Migration Film Festival. The theme of building understanding through sports works well on screen, but in a climate of growing Islamophobia, how well does it work in reality?
I was one of 14 Syrians the FA invited to watch the England v Nigeria game at Wembley, accompanied by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Football has always been a big part of my life – growing up in Syria, as a refugee in the region and now in the UK. To me, […]