Refuweegee – embraced by the people of Glasgow upon arrival in the city

Refuweegee homepage snapshotRefuweegee is a community-led project set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style.

Selina, a working Mum in Glasgow watched the news about the refugee crisis and the Hungarian border closing and decided to get involved.

People were, and still are, fleeing their homes every day. So if people were to arrive in Glasgow there was surely a way that we weegies could make sure that people felt part of that warm, occasionally overwhelming welcome? The idea of a welcome pack came first and then the realisation that weegie and refugee together make a beautiful portmanteau word.

Refuweegee definition squareEvery Refuweegee who arrives in the city is given a community-built welcome pack containing

  • essentials – blankets, toiletries, toothbrushes, writing paper, soft toys and books;
  • Glasgow welcome – items to enjoy and understand life in Glasgow like People Make Glasgow umbrellas or Tunnocks teacakes; and
  • letters from the locals’ – postcards and letters to leave refugees “in no doubt as to their acceptance, their safety and their future”. You can pop one into the ‘letters fae the locals’ drop boxes in Oxfam stores around Glasgow.

Shortly, Refuweegee also collect ‘Letters to Calais’.