According to an asylum seeker Eric Schwartz's blog (2017). "What I am about to write is staggering: it is estimated by the United Nations and others that, over the past several weeks, the government of Myanmar and its military have driven nearly 300,000 Rohingya from their homes and out of Myanmar (also known as Burma)." That is more than a quarter of Myanmar’s Rohingya population, most of whom live in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. Nobody knows how many have been displaced internally or killed, but we do know there is carnage and chaos in Rohingya communities in Rakhine. This blog shows the type of pain that asylum seekers or refugees go through in the country he came from. And this doesn't relate to the novel in the best way possible as not the whole Lagos got cleared out because of the death of Folarin's wife but when it displays the type of pain that these people go through when forced to leave their home country.
I listened to a YouTube video for me to gain knowledge about what rights do refugees and asylum seekers have after they get to a new country, for example when Sade and Femi get to London what rights they are going to have and if they are equitable to other citizens in the country. The video showed/said that refugees have certain rights as to access the court over problems they are struggling with, get primary education for free, to work in a company and even to get identity cards. To me this is fair enough because if Sade and Femi get to London they will probably have school with no expense, they could become older and would start to get responsibilities which will require them to work and get money as maybe some day they might plan to come back to Lagos and see the country they grew up in. The refugees in London also get financial aid which is honorable as for people like Sade and Femi who don't have their parents to help them with some basic needs. In the U.K it's made clear that if you are a refugee you will be entitled to the same social and economical rights as a U.K citizen.
A poll by MORI Social Research Institute in U.K, tried to ascertain the British public's attitudes to refugees and asylum seekers, their knowledge about refugees and their perception of the media coverage. Approximately 62% of people gave one of the following reasons people would leave their countries to seek asylum as a refugee in another country, people said persecution, war and escape torture. The poll shows that the public grossly overestimates the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the U.K, but it's stated that Britain hosts nearly a quarter of the world's refugees and asylum seekers. I think that Sade and Femi kind of relate to one of the reasons specifically the one that they are trying to escape torture, technically it's the father who might get tortured for saying things that are corrupt in the country but maybe the people who are instructed to go kill or torture Folarin Solaja's family are commanded to kill the family indirectly by killing the mother first then the children, and if Folarin still continues talking about the country's corruption then they will kill him too. This is why Folarin decided to send his children someplace else to avoid this type of danger.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave his/her country in the means of escaping war, persecution or any type of natural disaster. An asylum seeker is someone who applies for an asylum and is waiting for confirmation of whether or not they are a refugee. In the UK an asylum seeker asks the government for refugee status and waits to hear the outcome of their application. U.k doesn't have the most asylum seekers as they received roughly 30,603 applications, whilst Germany on the other hand is ranked first as they received 692,000. I personally think that Sade and Femi are refugees because a refugee is classified as someone who is forced to leave a country which relates to the book as Sade and Femi weren't going to London pleasingly, they were basically forced by the father in order to keep the children safe, this is because of a natural disaster that happened between the father's job leading to cause pain to the family.