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You, Me and Those Who Came Before: Legacy and Beyond.

Guest Post: Sabrina Richmond is a performer and writer and in her role as a Refugee Week Leader, she is the Globe’s Artist in Residence during Refugee Week. In this blog Sabrina talks about what home means to her […]

 


 

 

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Guest post: Singing our lives is is a ground-breaking creative process bringing together singers and musicians form refugee, migrant and local UK backgrounds to compose and perform new music together. Read more about their work and upcoming performance for Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre on 23rd June […]

 


Guest post: Inclusion begins in our communities: read more about how IOM UK are marking Refugee Week with an event at Bristol City Hall on 19th June, 5.30-7pm […]


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Guest post: The T06411 is a North African migrant boat named after the official code given by Italian customs when it was seized close to Lampedusa in 2012, with 36 migrants on board. The boat is moored in London this Refugee Week as part of a ‘floating installation’ by artist Lucy Wood.  Read more about her incredible journey and creative process here[…] 

 


 

 

Refugee Week partner up with language providers Rosetta Stone who will donate language courses to over 1000 refugees this Refugee Week. Read more about this exciting initiative here.

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Guest post: Over the last two years St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School, Swansea has been working on themes involving, migration, belonging and looking at the challenges and difficulties faced by Asylum seekers and Refugees. Here they tell us about their collaboration with Swansea City of Sanctuary and why they are being awarded a ‘Schools of Sanctuary Status’ for their work […]

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Guest post: Refugee Week Ambassador Fatima Esayli is a young Sudanese woman, now pursuing her dreams to become an architect after arriving in the UK as a refugee at the age of 22. She talks here about how she has been able to discover herself and find a home outside of the place she was born […]

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Guest post: Polly Gifford, member of the Hastings Supports Refugees group and organiser of Festival by the Lake, tells us more about their programme for this Refugee Week and how the festival has more than doubled in size since it began in 2016 […]

 


 

Guest post: Nosy Crow children’s author Karen McCombie tells us about Scotland’s forgotten history of the Highland Clearances, when thousands of Highlanders were displaced from their homes during the 18th and 19th centuries […]


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Guest post: Meet Pam, an activist in exile and one of our new 2019 Refugee Week Ambassadors

As an activist for political freedom in her native Thailand, Pam was an outspoken student critic of the junta regime. Because of this she was mistreated, jailed and persecuted. Pam is now an activist in exile and has been living in the UK with refugee status since 2016. She works with Refugee Week partner STAR (Student Action for Refugees) as their Communication and Campaign Volunteer Officer, working to improve how we welcome students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds here in Britain. She has written a blog for us about her work, and how volunteering in the Refugee Sector transformed her life as a refugee in the UK […]


 

Refugee Week 2018: UEA Refugee History call for contributions
April 18th, 2018

Guest post by Hari Reed of Refugee History June 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week. In recognition of this, UEA Refugee History is producing a week-long blog series focussing on the ways that the field of refugee aid, reception, advocacy and solidarity has grown, been challenged and adapted over the past 20 years. The […]

Guest post by Joudy Aldabbas, Coram Young Citizens
April 4th, 2018
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Have you ever felt lonely and that you are in a completely new world with a new language, new people and new traditions? My name is Joudy Aldabbas. I recently became 18. I’m from Syria and to be more specifically from the city of Jasmine, Damascus. I arrived in the UK about one and half […]

Ashley Community Housing- Staff attend Refugee Week Conference
March 19th, 2018
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Guest post by Naomi Gill – Support Worker | ACH Bristol On a crisp clear day last week Matilda and I cycled through crowds and commuters to Amnesty International Headquarters in London to the Refugee Week Conference. We came from a range of groups and organisations across the UK to share ideas and get inspiration […]

Author of new children’s book available for Refugee Week events
March 16th, 2018
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Guest post by Deborah Goodman BOY 87 by Ele Fountain is the powerful and brave debut novel about a child refugee, published by Pushkin Children’s Books for readers 10 years+. And during Refugee Week (16-24 June) Ele is available for talks & readings at Refugee Week Events and in schools, to talk about writing BOY 87, whilst […]

Local planning meetings
March 16th, 2018
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Interested in getting involved in Refugee Week in your town and city, or making new networks to help your plans to grow? Local planning meetings can be a great way for organisations and individuals interested in Refugee Week to share ideas, make useful connections and together develop a Refugee Week programme of activities for their town […]

Perform a piece from Moving Stories for Refugee Week 2018
March 15th, 2018
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Guest post by Emma Manton Help Moving Stories make Refugee Week 2018 the largest Community Theatre Project for the year. Perform plays by Britain’s top playwrights and stand with refugees around world. In 2015 and 2016, the Royal National Theatre and the West End played host to an extraordinary benefit performance. Writers David Edgar, Richard […]

Storify of Refugee Week Conference 2018
March 2nd, 2018
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How to work “with” refugees as activists
February 26th, 2018
Survivors Speak OUT workshop at Refugee Week Conference 2018

With Refugee Week 2018 (18- 24th June) fast approaching, Survivors Speak OUT went along to speak to activists at the Refugee Week Conference about how to work with refugees in public facing work in a respectful way and on an equal playing field. Guest post by Shameem Sadiq-Tang, Survivor Activism Manager at Survivors Speak OUT, Freedom […]

Refugee Week Conference 2018 materials
February 26th, 2018
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  On 12 February 2018, over 250 people from across the UK gathered to share ideas and inspiration in preparation for the special 20th anniversary edition of Refugee Week (18-24 June 2018). Below are notes and resources from the six workshops that were held during the conference. For more details and visuals from the day see: Refugee […]

New World Vision by Fatima Diriye (and friends)
February 26th, 2018
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One word for each year of Refugee Week. That was the challenge taken up by poet Fatima Diriye at Refugee Week Conference 2018. Together with fellow poet and facilitator Laila Sumpton, Fatima ‘crowdsourced’ words and phrases from a room of around 250 Refugee Week supporters, inspired by the festival’s upcoming 20th birthday. A few hours and some […]