Can this innovative travel guide help refugees navigate their new life?

By Maria Kyriacou

Can this innovative travel guide help refugees navigate their new life?
French publisher's simple idea gives refugees a helping hand

An innovative new travel guidebook has been published catering specifically to the needs of refugees and migrants.

Created by France’s most popular guidebook publisher, it differs from their other titles in one distinctive way. The book contains no words, with its title “Hello”, possibly being the one word that their target audience may be familiar with.

Illustrations cover virtually any situation that refugees and migrants might need help with. This will allow the new arrivals to point and ask for assistance without the language barrier coming into play. The 90-page tome has five sections, featuring practical information, housing and shelter, leisure, food and health.

The publisher said the initiative is a reaction to “government hesitation” in the face of Europe’s migrant crisis. Philippe Gloaguen, editor in chief of the Guide du Routard, said, “Our rulers are too chicken to do anything for these people.”

He added that the guidebook was released in reaction to the Government’s hesitation in dealing with the refugee crisis.Germany has pledged to welcome 30 times as many refugees as France over the next two years.

Gloaguen said the guide’s initial print-run of 5,000 copies will be distributed to migrants free of charge by an organisation representing refugee assistance centres across France.



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