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IOM UK joins the Refugee Week partnership
October 29th, 2015
People board plane to be resettled with the help of IOM

We are delighted to announce that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) UK has become the latest member of the Refugee Week partnership. IOM was founded in 1951 to assist in the resettlement of Europeans displaced in the aftermath of World War II and has played a vital role in refugee resettlement around the world […]

Listen: Stories of connection in the North West
August 13th, 2015

In the podcasts, refugees who’ve escaped persecution in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Iran and found safety and friendship in the UK tell their gripping real-life tales. The recordings tell the stories of six refugees who have settled in Manchester, Salford and Oldham and begun to re-build their lives, and were aired widely during Refugee Week, including […]

Watch: Celebrating Sanctuary Bristol
June 30th, 2015
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For more information about Celebrating Sanctuary Bristol and Bristol refugee Week visit:

Refugee week at the Horniman Museum and Gardens
June 25th, 2015

Lucia Cortelli, who has been volunteering at the Horniman for the past year, shares a few thoughts on our Refugee Week event. On Saturday 20 of June the Horniman hosted a day of events and activities to mark Refugee Week. This is a UK- wide event that celebrates the important contributions refugees make to their […]

From sketch to finish
June 20th, 2015

Scottish Refugee Council media volunteer Sorcha learned the process of pin-making at a free workshop run by jewellery project O-Pin during this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. Blog post by Sorcha Meredith, volunteer media officer at Scottish Refugee Council Jewellery project ‘O-Pin’ organise accessible jewellery making opportunities, and this year it returned to Refugee Festival Scotland […]

Holocaust Memorial Trust: A meal from Darfur
June 18th, 2015
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To celebrate Refugee Week this week we chose to profile Darfuri culture by holding a team meal with food from Darfur, taking part in the Simple Acts campaign and testing our culinary skills at the same time. Blog post by Holocaust Memorial Trust Refugee Week takes place on the third week of June each year […]

Watch: Refugee Week in Salford
June 18th, 2015
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Refugee Week in Salford getting its groove on! For more information about Refugee Week Salford visit and follow @Salfordrefugeew on Twitter Video by Pendleton TV

Refugee Week is here!
June 14th, 2015

Refugee Week is a programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities across the UK and beyond, which celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and promote better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. This Refugee Week (15-21 June), we invite you to get together, get creative and celebrate the contributions and resilience […]

Watch: ‘Nowhere is Home’ by Manaf Halbouni, 2015
June 12th, 2015
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A car loaded with personal possessions is turned into a living space – an impossible home for a “modern nomad unable to belong and grow roots”. ‘Nowhere is Home’ by Manaf Halbouni, 2015 from Counterpoints Arts on Vimeo. This personal yet universal piece by German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni speaks of his transient life in exile […]

Welcome Tent hits the streets of Glasgow
June 12th, 2015

Scottish Refugee Council media volunteer Sorcha headed to Buchanan Street for the first Welcome Tent of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland on Friday 5 June Blog post by Sorcha Meredith, volunteer media officer at Scottish Refugee Council After a rainy start to the day the skies cleared and the tent was joined by a series […]