Refugee Week


National Refugee Week 16 – 22 June.

Later this month the British Red Cross (in conjunction with several other organizations) will encourage thousands of people around the UK from a variety of different backgrounds will gather together to celebrate National Refugee Week. There will be lots of events taking place and plenty of opportunities to get involved! Events include music festivals, art exhibitions, political debates, film screenings, conferences, school activities and sports activities.

Refugee week was created to encourage a better understanding between communities through interaction. It gives different communities the chance to come together to learn more about each others backgrounds and to form new friendships.

The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

The key aims of Refugee week are:

  • To encourage a diverse range of events to be held throughout the UK, that facilitate positive encounters between refugees and the general public in order to encourage greater understanding and overcome hostility
  • To showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
  • To provide information which raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences

There is a full list of events on the British Red Cross website. But here are a few which caught my eye.

Comedy night with Stephen K. Amos

After the massive success of his recent sold out performance, BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Stephen K Amos brings his dazzling stand up show to Glasgow for Refugee Week on Friday 20 June.

Unity Cup and Family Fun Day

Come along and support our British Red Cross team at this six-a-side football tournament – which is a great day out for all the family!

Useful links

The British Red Cross Refugee Week site.

Refugee week radio.

Events in your local area.

Different Pasts, Shared Future.


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