You, me and those who came before
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 have welcomed them – throughout the generations.
People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From the Jewish refugees of the 1930s to people fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s, Kosovans in the 1990s to those arriving today; they are part of who we all are.
Join us 17-23 June 2019 as we bring together the old and the young, those who have been here for decades and those who have just arrived – and find out what we can learn from those who sought safety in Britain generations ago.
As Refugee Week approaches, we’ll be sharing resources and creative calls to action relating to ‘You, me and those who came before’. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider the theme while planning your Refugee Week 2019 event or activity.
Jillian Edelstein’s portrait commission of famous refugees, as seen in the photographs above, feature on our free printed materials produced for this year’s Refugee Week. Your free posters and postcards are available to order here.