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A date for your diaries! Refugee Week 2020 will be taking place between 15-21 June. Watch this space for more information on our theme for next year.




Thank you to everyone who made Refugee Week 2019 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 a creative project, we hope you’ll feel inspired stay involved.

Here are some ideas on how you can Join the Movement to get you started […]



Foyles bookshop are joining us in celebrating Refugee Week with this blog post from children’s author, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, listing his favourite picture books on the theme of home and migration, for both adults and children. Read more here.


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The HuffPost are showing their support for Refugee Week with an incredible series of blog posts from our Refugee Week Ambassadors. Read the first post here from Maya Ghazal as she shares her incredible story of overcoming discrimination as a refugee to pursue her dream of becoming the first female Syrian pilot […]



We are very excited to launch our new animation for Refugee Week! Read more about our collaboration with award-winning animation studio, Fettle and how they created this beautiful animation with a specially commissioned poem by Julian Jordan and music by Haymanot Tesfa […]


 Language course provider Rosetta Stone team up with Refugee Week this year to provide 1000 free courses to refugees! Read more here




Refugee Week 2019 Playlist is now available!

Follow us on Spotify and tune into our playlist for Refugee Week – an incredible mix of music inspired by refugee artists and those creating music to support displaced people. Tracks include special requests from our Refugee Week Ambassadors. Listen here


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Refugee Week in the news 

Jillian Edelstein’s stunning series of portraits – a special commission for Refugee Week featuring eleven prominent public figures who all share a refugee heritage – was featured in the guardian newspaper last week. Jillian’s photographs are the inspiration behind our 2019 promotional materials. View her photographs here.


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Teaching resources for Refugee Week 2019 now available from The British Red Cross

Using the theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’, The British Red Cross teaching resources for 2019 are now available to download here. This year’s Refugee Week materials consider the generations of refugees throughout history who have had to start new lives elsewhere.


The shop is now open for Refugee Week 2019! Order your free materials today.

The Refugee Week 2019 posters and postcards are are now available to order. Hot off the press, the brand new materials can be ordered free of charge (you just pay for the postage) from our online shop.

Inspired by this year’s theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’, our stunning design is based on eleven portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein […]



Opportunity: Refugee Week Leadership Project 2020 (Paid placement/ expenses)
November 11th, 2019
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Following the success of the first Refugee Week Leadership Project in 2019, we’re delighted to have been awarded funding from Ben and Jerry’s Foundation to run the programme for a second year. We are now recruiting a new group to be part of the Refugee Week Leadership Project 2020, and this time, we’re inviting applications from emerging leaders aged 30 or under. […]

Moving Worlds: Screen a film for Refugee Week 2019
April 17th, 2019

Why not show a film for Refugee Week – and turn your school, workplace or kitchen into a gateway to a different world? Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Moving Worlds is a programme of films available to screen at special reduced rates during Refugee Week (17-23 June  2019). Responding to this year’s Refugee Week theme, ‘You, me and those who […]

You, me and those who came before: How can The National Archives help support your Refugee Week events?
March 22nd, 2019
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Guest post by Victoria Iglikowski The history of Britain is the history of migration The National Archives holds records relating to the government in England and Wales, and, importantly, the governments interaction with the wider world. We hold records covering 1000 years of history, from the Doomsday Book and the Magna Carta, up to the […]

Become a Refugee Week Ambassador (voluntary, expenses paid)
March 19th, 2019
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Make your voice heard in the media this Refugee Week Following a successful project last year, Counterpoints Arts and IMiX are recruiting a number of Refugee Week ambassadors to share their experiences and views in the media for Refugee Week (17-23 June 2019). We know that hearing from real people who have experienced displacement is […]

Refugee Week Conference 2019 materials
March 11th, 2019
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How can we use the arts and sports to bring people together? What are the best ways to publicise our events and projects, and how do we make sure the right people are in the lead? These questions and more were the subject of rich discussion at our national Refugee Week Conferences 2019 in Coventry (11 February) […]

Meet Our New Refugee Week Leaders
February 8th, 2019
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Over the past few years, we have been reflecting on what more we can do to ensure that people with lived experience of displacement are at the heart and forefront of Refugee Week. In October 2018 we were thrilled to receive funding from Ben and Jerry’s Foundation for a new Refugee Week Leadership Project, which will support […]

Refugee Week Conference 2019: Booking now open
November 14th, 2018

Join us for one of two national Refugee Week Conferences in February to get inspired, excited and prepared for Refugee Week 2019 (17-23 June). After years of struggling to fit everyone in, we are delighted to be holding TWO Refugee Week conferences for the first time for 2019. The Conferences are free but spaces are […]

Theme of Refugee Week 2019
November 14th, 2018
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You, me and those who came before #Generations This Refugee Week we invite you to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history. The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who […]

Opportunity: Refugee Week leadership project (paid internship/ expenses)
November 7th, 2018
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Are you passionate about changing public attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers? Do you want to develop your leadership potential in the field of refugee rights, media, education or the arts and social change? Do you have experience starting or managing a project (as a job or in your free time)? Are you from a refugee background? Counterpoints Arts are inviting applications […]

Opportunity: Extra support for local Refugee Week networks
October 4th, 2018

Are you part of a group or network that helps to organise Refugee Week in your town or city? Would you like some extra support in the run up to Refugee Week 2019? As part of a new project funded by Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, Refugee Week UK Coordinator Counterpoints Arts is offering local Refugee […]