EMBRACE is a group of Christians from different denominations working together as a charity to promote a positive response to people who are seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority-ethnic backgrounds living in Northern Ireland.
They have developed many resources that can be used by groups to explores issues of migration including a short summary of information pertaining to the Syrian Refugees being resettled in Northern Ireland under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.
EMBRACE maintain and update an online directory of English Language Classes that are run across Northern Ireland as well as a list of local providers of IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
Launched in 2003, the charity offers talks, workshops and migration awareness training to Northern Ireland churches and groups interested in learning more about migrant people and ways in which the local church can build relationships.
While produced in Northern Ireland, many of EMBRACE’s resources can be applied and reused across the UK and Ireland.
They have drawn up a toolkit with ideas and guidance for churches who want to welcome newcomers, including a poster proclaiming ‘Welcome’ in nearly thirty languages and a booklet with commonly used words and phrases of greeting in 20 languages.
EMBRACE’s Hear My Voice video is a collection of personal reflections of migrant people and people seeking asylum as they settle in Northern Ireland. They explain some of the challenges they face, reflect on what local churches have done to help. It’s a great starting point for discussion on migration as are the set of six leaflets looking at different themes relating to migration.