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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. Libraries across Northern Ireland along with other venues are hosting events during Refugee Week. Monday 18 June The Belfast Falls Road Library is the venue for Music Building Bridges between 4pm and 5pm. Tuesday 19. Belfast’s Whiterock Library will host a storytime and…

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. The Welsh Refugee Council’s focus this year is celebrating sanctuary: the people who find sanctuary in Wales, as well as the people and organisations who work to make newcomers feel welcome and to defend and uphold their human rights. The Council’s art programme…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

There are an enormous number of events planned across England for Refugee Week which begins on Monday 19 June. You can find many of them on the Refugee Week website. Only a tiny selection are previewed in this blog post. Quakers are running a series of events in London and across England. The Library in…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

You can see a full list of events in Northern Ireland on the Refugee Week website. There’s a launch event for Refugee Week at Belfast City Hall on Monday 19 at 2pm organised by NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and other NGOs. Immigration detention will be highlighted with the free screening…

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WelcomeFest – fresh sights and sounds from new friends

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WelcomeFest – fresh sights and sounds from new friends

Four hundred people attended a WelcomeFest celebration held in Belfast’s St Anne’s Cathedral as part of Refugee Week. The evening was organised by the Red Cross, Belfast Friendship Club and NI Council for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS). A diocesan news article on the Church of Ireland website explains that the diverse line-up of local performers from BeyondSkin…

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Refugee Festival Scotland – visibly and proudly standing in solidarity

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Refugee Festival Scotland – visibly and proudly standing in solidarity

Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual Scotland-wide programme of arts, cultural, educational, heritage and sports events, coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council. Suzi Maciver is arts and cultural development officer of the Scottish Refugee Council. She says that Refugee Festival Scotland is about “recognising this difficult present” of refugees who have “been forced to flee their…

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Welcome Fest in Belfast Cathedral (Thu 23 June)

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Welcome Fest in Belfast Cathedral (Thu 23 June)

As part of Refugee Week, there will be a family-friendly world music gig in Belfast’s St Anne’s Cathedral on Thursday 23 June from 7pm. Organised by the British Red Cross, Belfast Friendship Club and the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) in conjunction with Belfast Cathedral, Welcome Fest is taking the theme of…

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1 in 113 people globally (65.3m) displaced from home

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1 in 113 people globally (65.3m) displaced from home

Today is World Refugee Day. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report (video) has been published. It contains some startling statistics. “On average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when six people fled every 60 seconds.” Combining data from its own field staff as well as…

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Joint statement from Scotland’s faith communities for International Refugee Day

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Joint statement from Scotland’s faith communities for International Refugee Day

Faith communities across Scotland have released a joint statement to mark International Refugee Day on Monday 20 June. As representatives of faith traditions and organisations assisting faith communities in the struggle against poverty we share an imperative to offer compassion and justice to those who are afraid and oppressed. We are saddened that there are…

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