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Aid, Advocacy and Activism: UEA Refugee History series for Refugee Week
July 30th, 2018
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Guest post by Hari Reed, UEA Refugee History The UK’s first Refugee Week took place in 1998. The first World Refugee Day (20thJune) followed shortly afterwards, in 2001. It was also around this time that Britain’s asylum system mutated, via various pieces of legislation, into the one that we know and experience today. It was […]

Freedom to Sing #SimpleActs
July 26th, 2018
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  As part of the 20 Simple Acts campaign for Refugee Week 2018, Music in Detention invited choirs across the UK to sing a song written in immigration detention. The responses was powerful, with at least seven choirs and groups recording covers of songs written in Music in Detention workshops, helping to take the music and […]

20 years of asylum policy
July 13th, 2018
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Guest post by Katie McSherry, Campaign Project Manager North East for Asylum Matters Looking back. Looking forward. 20 years ago our asylum system was more just. We think it can be again. To mark the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week, we look back at policy changes over the past 20 years to show that a more just […]

Surviving the UK asylum system – and becoming an activist for others
July 5th, 2018
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By Veecca Smith Uka, Co-founder of Sisters United and Refugee Week Ambassador I show my presence everywhere in Halifax, my new home city – at the council, at schools, at hospitals. I’ve been in the UK for six years and my passion is to give refugees and asylum seekers the support I never got when […]

Refugee Week 2018: What Next?
June 27th, 2018
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Thank you to everyone who made Refugee Week 2018 such an amazing celebration of everything refugees bring to the UK! The festival may be over, but the movement for the rights of people seeking safety continues – and is more important than ever. Whether it’s through joining a campaign, welcoming refugees in your community or embarking on […]

Biscuit-making with young refugees for #SimpleActs
June 25th, 2018

Guest Post by Leïla Seguin from British Red Cross Young Refugee Service. Leïla also works on Refugee Week at Counterpoints Arts. For Refugee Week 2018 and as part of the #SimpleActs Campaign, we invited Orly Orbach to deliver two gingerbread biscuit-making workshops to young people at British Red Cross RnB Projects In May 2018 I had the […]

The New Babylonians – exhibition in Brighton for Refugee Week
June 21st, 2018
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Guest post by ONCA Gallery Brighton celebrates refugee week with the exhibition The New Babylonians, Gil Mualem-Doron at ONCA Gallery.  The exhibition presents several participatory art projects created in the past year with young adults, refugees members of The Migrant English Project (MEP) Brighton and CARAS organisation London, and Art Rich (Portsmouth). The project presents a […]

20 word poems #SimpleActs
June 18th, 2018

To mark 20 years of Refugee Week, we’re inviting you to write a 20 word poem. Here are some of the poems written so far – share yours using #SimpleActs, or email us.   20 word poems   Our favourite Saturday-night metaphor: ‘Journey’ Catches on like wildfire Infection. Explodes From hearthside To healthscare In a […]

Britain – a land of camps
June 18th, 2018
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Guest post by Jordanna Bailkin Photograph of Ugandan Asians at Tonfanau camp by Jim Arnould, Nova (April 1973) Today, as the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week marks the contribution of refugees to British life, very few people think of Britain as a land of camps.  For many Britons, camps seem to happen  “elsewhere,” from Greece […]

UEA series to explore 20 years of refugee history
June 17th, 2018

Guest post by Hari Reed, UEA Refugee History   20 Years of Refugee Aid, Advocacy and Activism In recognition of the 20thanniversary of Refugee Week, UEA Refugee History are publishing one blog per day – here – on our website, for the duration of the week. Each blog looks at an aspect of refugee aid, advocacy […]