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My Journey: A young refugee’s story
June 11th, 2015

How do you explain what it’s like being a refugee to someone who has never been crammed into the back of a dark lorry; or been surrounded by people who don’t speak their language? Refugee Week Young Ambassador Safian Toheed (Sayf Malik) made this short film especially for Refugee Week 2015, and we think he […]

Get involved on social media
June 7th, 2015
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Find us on Twitter, Facebook and (new for 2015!) Instagram and join the conversation using the hashtags #RefugeesContribute and #RefugeeWeek. Here are some ways you can get involved: 1. Share one of our #RefugeesContribute images – or find and share a contribution story of your own: Click here to browse all the images and choose […]

Share the story of a hidden refugee contribution
June 7th, 2015
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Show the world you recognise the contributions and resilience of refugees by sharing one of these slides on Twitter or Facebook – or find and share a contribution story of your own. To download an image, right click and select ‘save image as’. Twitter images: Facebook images: Graphics created by Montfort

Refugee Tales: Walking in Solidarity
May 10th, 2015
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By Heba Ghanem Refugee Tales, a unique experience combining walking, art and literature with the unifying principles of compassion and solidarity, will bring together writers, displaced people and supporters to celebrate refugees, reject prejudice, and protest against indefinite detention. Following the path of Chaucer’s pilgrims who travelled along the North Downs Way from Dover to […]

The hidden history of Britain’s refugee artists
May 8th, 2015
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Did you know that The Voice star Rita Ora was a refugee? Or that the family of artist Lucien Freud moved to London in the 1930s to avoid persecution by the Nazis? They are just two of the personalities highlighted by Traces Project, the first digital timeline to tell the untold history of artists who […]

Putting Refugee Week on the map
May 8th, 2015
Putting Refugee Week on the map
A new online tool shows how Refugee Week is celebrated across the country

Hundreds of organisations, community groups and venues holding Refugee Week events have been plotted on a map of the UK for the first time. From the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow all the way down to St Steven’s Church in Devon, the map highlights the range and geographical reach of those who celebrated Refugee Week […]

Refugee stories: Making it personal
May 8th, 2015
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Refugee Week 2015 will take place on the 15-21 June, just a month after the UK general election. And even in that short interim, the political discourse around the status of refugees, migrants and those seeking asylum may change substantially. Ahead of events planned for all around the UK this summer, Counterpoint Arts hosted their […]

Refugee Week 2014 Evaluation Summary
December 24th, 2014
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“It is important to keep up the awareness about positive contributions made by asylum seekers and refugees and also about the situations they have come from and the reality of how they live here in UK. We are an area of high deprivation in Wakefield with active right wing groups and we constantly work to […]

Refugee Week is about bringing different people together
September 2nd, 2014
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Refugee Week Young Ambassador Temor shares his experiences of Refugee Week UK and being a part of the Refugee Week UK Central Team. This year I have attended a number of the Refugee Week events, including the Refugee week conference in February 2014 which was held at Amnesty International UK in Shoreditch. To me Refugee […]

The UK gave me safety and protection, which means everything
August 5th, 2014
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Now a Refugee Week Young Ambassador, Gulwali Passarlay is originally from a small village in eastern Afghanistan. He fled when he was 12 because of the war and due to fears for his safety. His family had close connections with the Taliban through his uncle, a Taliban commander and part of its intelligence service, and in […]