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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 […]

Refugee Week Our History and Heritage Poll 2013
June 16th, 2014

This June Refugee Week explore “the contributions of refugees in our history and heritage”. We commissioned a survey asking people from across the UK to tell us what, in their opinion, the most significant contributions are that refugees have made to the UK. The report provides an overview of the survey findings and includes a […]

2015’s First-Time Voters are ‘Generation Welcome’ New Poll Reveals
June 14th, 2014

The new generation of first-time voters casting their first ballots in 2015 are “Generation Welcome”, with eight out of ten (79%) proud of Britain’s tradition of protecting refugees and three quarters (76%) wanting Britain to keep up its role of offering a safe place for people – especially children – fleeing violence, war and persecution, […]

Political Party Leaders show their support for Refugee Week
June 14th, 2014

The political party leaders have shown their support for Refugee Week this year and encourage a greater culture of welcome for refugees in the UK. David Cameron, Prime Minister & Leader of the Conservative Party said: “The UK has a long tradition of providing sanctuary for those fleeing persecution. I am proud that the UK […]

Syrian Artwork to be revealed for Refugee Week
June 13th, 2014

International humanitarian aid organisation Human Relief Foundation have constructed a huge piece of artwork in recognition of Refugee Week 2014. The patchwork is made up of over 1,000 pieces of material drawn on by Syrian refugee children and British children, and depicts their contrasting ideas when asked ‘What is Home?’ It will be unveiled as […]

Simple Acts of Welcome
June 2nd, 2014

Refugee Week 2014 is dedicated to refugee children and young people:our shared future. We want to highlight the positive contributions that refugee childrenmake to the UK and will go onto make as our future generations. This year Refugee Week runs between 16th-22nd June. You can show your support by completing your “Simple Act of Welcome” […]

Young Ambassadors
May 20th, 2014
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Our young ambassadors promoting a culture of welcome for refugees in the UK “Refugees are welcome here- help refugees to build a new home” say our RefugeeWeek young ambassadors. We’ve had a great day with some of our young ambassadors who want to help promote a better culture of welcome for refugee children and young […]

Pod Collective – One Thing
May 2nd, 2014
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How the Pod Collective are workng in a variety of art forms with refugees and asylum seekers across Greater Manchester in the run-up to Refugee Week 2014 Photographer Anna White and embroiderer Emily Hayes formed Pod Collective in 2012, combining their skills to work with grass-roots organisations that support refugee and asylum seekers in Greater […]

Refugee Week Conference report
May 2nd, 2014
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Kimberley Nyamhondera gives a personal reflection on the 2014 Refugee Week Conference that took place in London in March. At Amnesty International UK in Shoreditch, the 9th Refugee Week Conference started with a quietly contemplative reflection. The conference provided a clear platform to bring together interwoven motifs to shape and celebrate the contribution of refugees […]

Refugee Week in Scotland
April 28th, 2014

From Refugee Week Scotland: This summer Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games, and with visitors from all over the world coming to our country, what better time for Refugee Week Scotland to take on the theme of ‘welcome’. But it’s not just visitors want to welcome. At a time with increasingly negative attitudes towards migrants […]