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Refugee Desert Island Discs
We produce a weekly radio show on FM and internet stations. It is the only weekly show on refugee and human rights issues in the country.

Every week we interview real castaways who are actually living on an island far from home: refugees in the UK. They share the music they carried with them on their journeys and tell us about their new lives in our community.

The Desert Island Discs project is built around a weekly hour-long radio broadcast on FM and online community stations. Our shows are also permanently available on our website as podcasts for people to download or stream online. We contribute content to national and international radio broadcasts.

The project involves interviewing refugees and asylum seekers at length about their lives and their culture through the format of Radio4’s Desert Island Discs.  Interviews are pre-recorded at community radio studios, in people’s homes, in youth clubs, language schools and community centres.

All participants are able to direct the kind of show they would like to make. They are able to vet the questions in advance, select any music they want to share and request any changes to be made before it is broadcast. Everybody is able to have their expenses covered for being involved. They all get a copy of their show and have final editorial control.

We target refugees and asylum seekers who are experiencing isolation, discrimination and social exclusion. 81% of our participants report they feel less isolated in the community after taking part (2009 Evaluation Report).

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