7 things you might not know about refugees

food map - refugee week

18 – 24 June is refugee week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

There are a lot of things said about refugees in the media, below are 7 facts that may challenge the way you think about them:

  1. An asylum seeker is someone who has left their country of origin and applied for asylum in another country but whose application has not yet been concluded.
  2. Asylum seekers are given around £5 per day to live on whilst they wait for their application to be decided.
  3. A refugee is a person who has been given the right to stay in a new country because they face being harmed or killed if they return to their own country due to persecution.
  4. Refugees make a huge contribution to society, in fact some of them go on to become famous in their chosen field; Freddie Mercury, Rita Ora and even Albert Einstein have all been refugees at some point in their lives.
  5. Britain is only home to 1% of the world’s refugees. Around 86% of the world’s refugees are living in developing countries – often in camps.
  6. We said we would resettle 131 Syrian refugees through the resettlement programme and to date we have settled 27 families 111 individuals.
  7. The majority of support for asylum seekers and refugees is provided by our fantastic voluntary, community and faith sector.

Real refugees stories

Brave refugees share their stories of travelling from Syria to the UK.

Nefise’s story

Nariman’s story

Ryad’s story

Razan’s story 

Sleman’s story

What’s happening during refugee week?

During the week community groups and organisations are holding events.

Some of the many events taking place…

Anyone can enjoy international food, dancing, music and culture at REACH, New North Road Baptist Church 10.30am – 3pm on Tuesday 19 June. Food will be served from 12.30 with a wide variety of dishes ranging from English to Eritrean, to Syrian, Kurdish, Iranian expected.

Make a real difference to the lives of newly arrived migrants and their families in Kirklees by becoming a welcome mentor – on Wednesday 20 June Paddock Community Trust  is running training session for people who want to learn more. Email info@paddocktrust.org.uk to book a place call 01484 431400 to find out more.

Everyone is encouraged to celebrate what we have in common at the Great Get Together in Batley Market Square on Saturday 23 June from 12noon – a free family event to which all are welcome.

If sport is more your thing, why not get involved in the football tournament and family fun day at the Leeds Road Sports Complex in Huddersfield 11am – 3pm Saturday 23 June.  If you want to play in the tournament or enter a team please call Andy Helliwell on 07528252495

Find out more  

The majority of events are FREE and open to all, but some are by invitation only – please check the event for details.

A full list of events can be found on the Refugee Week 2018 events page and more information about the week will be shared on twitter under the hashtag #kirkleeswelcomes.



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