The video ‘How can football support refugees’ is based on a conference held at the University of Brighton at the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies. The basic premise of the conference was that football could be used to bring refugees and locals closer together. Football is specifically used as a medium to fight against social exclusion and discrimination. The conference brought together a number of experts and refugees who have benefited from football as a tool of social inclusion. One of the experts, Dr. Chris Stone of Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) also spoke of how universal football is, and how so many people connect to it.
An example of a man who was able to successfully integrate into society with the aid of football is Eric Murangwa, the survivor of the Rwandan genocide. He is also the founder of the organization Football for Hope, Peace and Unity. The use of sports to create and encourage social cohesion is the primary goal of such conferences and discussion forums, benefiting both refugees and locals together. Follow this link for further details.