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REFUGEE WEEK 2019 WHAT NEXT? 

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 […]


 

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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


 

 

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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 […]

 

 

IOM UK joins the Refugee Week partnership
October 29th, 2015
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We are delighted to announce that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) UK has become the latest member of the Refugee Week partnership. IOM was founded in 1951 to assist in the resettlement of Europeans displaced in the aftermath of World War II and has played a vital role in refugee resettlement around the world […]

Refugee Week is here!
June 14th, 2015
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Refugee Week is a programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities across the UK and beyond, which celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and promote better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. This Refugee Week (15-21 June), we invite you to get together, get creative and celebrate the contributions and resilience […]

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
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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 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 […]

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 […]

Simple Acts of Welcome
June 2nd, 2014
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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 […]