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Refugee Week Wales
1st June 2020 |

Refugee Week Wales

Refugee Week Wales back! From June 15th – 21st, the world will be celebrating Refugee Week a  worldwide week to one-month long of art, cultural and educational festival that celebrates and highlights the contributions, talents, and skills of asylum seekers and refugees. Despite the nationwide lockdown, Wythnos Ffoaduriaid Cymru 2020, Refugee Week Wales 2020 will …

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Stay Home and Get the Help You Need
29th April 2020 |

Stay Home and Get the Help You Need

Stay Home and get the help you need! Protect your children online: London School of Economics For parents and children: UNICEF Bulletin from Newport City Council Ramadan Mubarak to all those observing Ramadan over the coming month. Please download BAME/Faith communities bulletin below from Newport City Council where you can access information on food preparation, …

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Help Stop Hate Crime in Wales
6th April 2020 |

Help Stop Hate Crime in Wales

Help Stop Hate Crime in Wales. 90% of refugees and asylum seekers said that they did not know what a hate crime was 100% said that they would worry about reporting it because of their asylum claim. They thought it was just something that they would have to put up with. It isn’t. If someone …

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WRC calls for more support for asylum seekers
3rd April 2020 |

WRC calls for more support for asylum seekers

Welsh Refugee Council today joined forces with 60 other organisations across the UK to call on the UK Government to raise the asylum allowance by £20.   We welcomed the commitment by the Chancellor to increase Universal Support rates by £20 per week which reflects the increased living costs which people are incurring during this …

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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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New ESOL classes in Newport
4th December 2019 |

New ESOL classes in Newport

We are now offering English classes (ESOL) to asylum seekers and refugees living in Newport in our Newport Office!   The classes take place on a Friday morning.   No prior booking is required.   For more information, contact our ESOL co-ordinator here  

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Response to call for evidence for Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme
7th August 2019 |

Response to call for evidence for Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme

We have responded to the call from the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration for evidence on experiences of UK Resettlement Schemes for Vulnerable Refugees.   You can read our full response here 

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