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Join the Movement

Refugees and asylum seekers need our support and solidarity all year round. So once June is over, we hope you’ll carry the spirit and energy of Refugee Week with you, and continue to take a stand. By doing so, you’ll be joining a huge global movement that says, enough is enough. We welcome refugees.

From campaigning to volunteering, here are some specific ways you can show your support during Refugee Week 2020 and beyond. 

Join the Lift the Ban campaign

Add your voice to the campaign for asylum seekers to be given the right to work

Join the Families Together campaign

Take a stand against rules that prevent refugee families being reunited in the UK

Call for #SafetyforEveryone

Sign Refugee Council’s petition calling on the Home Secretary to protect people seeking asylum during the pandemic

Join a City of Sanctuary group

Join others to support and stand with refugees and asylum seekers in your area

Join a Stream of Sanctuary

Embed welcome in your arts organisation, health or maternity setting, school or university

Join your university’s STAR group, or start your own

Be part of the national network of student groups working to improve the lives of refugees in the UK

Get creative

Contact Platforma Arts and Refugees Network for guidance about starting or joining an arts project about migration

Going Deeper

Refugee Week invites important questions about representation, power and inclusion. Here are some resources for reflection as we move onwards in our social change work.

Platforma Manifesto: A guide to good practice for the arts, refugees & migration, Platforma Arts and Refugees Network (Counterpoints Arts)

Sanctuary in the Arts Resource Pack, City of Sanctuary Round up of workshops at Refugee Week Conferences 2020

Owning Power and Privilege, Quakers

How to Have Difficult Conversations, Hope Not Hate

Key themes from the 2020 Refugee Solidarity Summit in London