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Welsh Refugee Council

“Welsh Refugee Council is the beginning of the end of the trauma. It is where the running stops and recovery starts.”

We are a charity with 30 years’ experience working with asylum seekers and refugees in Wales. We are driven by a passion for human rights, equality and social justice and a desire to make Wales a welcoming nation of sanctuary for those seeking our protection.

We help victims of torture, persecution and war to build futures in Wales through specialist advice, support and advocacy services. We provide urgent support for those in the asylum process and seek to ease the transition to life as a refugee.

We empower our communities to have their voices heard. We campaign for changes to the asylum
system and provide a leading voice for the asylum and refugee sector in Wales.

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Inaugural Sanctuary Awards – 15 July 2019
14th January 2020 |

Inaugural Sanctuary Awards – 15 July 2019

Welsh Refugee Council organised the inaugural Nation of Sanctuary Gala Awards in conjunction with the Welsh Refugee Coalition. The awards were hosted by BBC presenter Jason Mohamed – helped by our very own Hazar! The event celebrated the contributions and achievements of sanctuary seekers with nominees from across Wales including Aberystwyth, Swansea, Wrexham, Newport and …

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Hate Crime awareness
10th January 2020 |

Hate Crime awareness

We are committed to making Wales a welcoming nation to all those seeking sanctuary here. Unfortunately, we know that’s not always the experience.   Asylum seekers and refugees can be the targets of hate crime but often worry about reporting it.  This can be because of bad experiences with authorities in their own countries, that …

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First Minister meets sanctuary speakers
10th January 2020 |

First Minister meets sanctuary speakers

Assembly Members including the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford AM joined asylum seekers and refugees from Wales as they toured the Senedd to learn about democracy in Wales. As well as meeting with Assembly Members, the group had a session with Assembly Staff to understand how the Assembly works and attended First Ministers Questions …

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UNHCR Representative comes to Newport
4th December 2019 |

UNHCR Representative comes to Newport

We were delighted to welcome Rosella Pagliuchi-Lor, the UN Refugee Agency’s Representative to the UK to Newport. This was her first visit to Wales since taking up her position in December 2018.   She met with the multiple projects based in our Newport Office including our Move On service for refugees, the Asylum Rights Programme …

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