After years of sensationalist, derogatory and aggressive news headlines, British people have become desensitised to the global refugee crisis and immune to empathising with refugees. In fact, 41% of Brits want Britain to take in fewer refugees, even though by the summer of 2016 the UK had only granted asylum to 2,682 Syrian refugees out of the mere 20,000 promised asylum by 2020.
Monopoly - The Refugee Edition, aims to break our apathy by propelling the crisis back into our hearts, minds and our family moments around our kitchen tables. By redesigning the world’s most famous and most loved board game, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing the familiar and comfortable game becomes a vehicle to deliver an unfamiliar and uncomfortable message. The entire game, from the games pieces and the chance and community chest cards, to each place on the game board, is redesigned from the perspective of Syrian refugees, based on real experiences and events from their life-threatening journeys from Syria to the UK.
By throwing the dice and leaving your fate to chance, you will be asked to put some real £££ on the table to have some skin in the game. Step into the shoes of a refugee and embark upon the extremely difficult and dangerous journey from Syria through Europe to seek asylum. It might cost you everything!