Matthew Carter

Writer working with the British Red Cross on issues to do with refugees, asylum and international family tracing.

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Refugees arrive in Italy to uncertain futures

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refugees arrive in italy

The port looks almost festive as the evening settles in. The last rays of the setting sun reflect off a shimmering mass of silver and gold.

Yet this is anything but a festive occasion.

The silver and gold reflections are from emergency blankets. They are wrapped around the shoulders of people who, only hours ago, were bobbing in small boats on the surface of the Mediterranean.

These people have travelled over what is currently the deadliest known route in the world for migrants making a bid for safety: the journey from Libya to Italy by sea.

So far, 2,521 people have died this year attempting the crossing.

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Burundi refugee crisis: carrying scars from the past into an uncertain future

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 Divine Kagajo with daughter

Her eyes hide behind dark glasses. Her head is covered in a red scarf.

She speaks to no one as she winds her way back to her temporary home – a tent, pitched amid thousands of others, one virtually indistinguishable from the next.

Here Divine Kagajo finds her parents, and her two daughters, aged five and 11. She left her husband behind in Burundi.

“He was shot and died on the spot,” said Divine, recalling the day in early 2014 when she and her husband were attacked by a group of men.

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Refugee football match brings Hope from Plymouth to Arsenal

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Freedom-from-Torture vs Hope FC

Finally the day of the big match had arrived.

Not a crucial decider at Euro 2016 – but Plymouth Hope FC vs a football therapy group from charity Freedom from Torture.

The matches kicked off Refugee Week, the international week which celebrates the positive contribution that refugees make to society.

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“Smiling is the best way to say welcome”: watch a new film by refugees

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Question: What do Rachel Weisz, Omid Djalili and Rita Ora have in common?

Answer: They are all refugees.

Their families have all had to flee their homelands and make a new life in a new place.

This Refugee Week, a host of budding refugee-directors are following in their footsteps down the red carpet. They have been working with the arts organisation Cardboard Cameras to create this fantastic stop motion animation.

Check it out and enjoy!

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Dynamo brings a bit of magic to refugees in Liverpool

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Dynamo in Liverpool

Don’t believe in magic?

Many of the refugees in our Liverpool drop-in centre could be forgiven for not believing.

They have fled their homes and fetched up halfway around the world.

Some of them, owing to bureaucratic delays and restrictions in the immigration system, are homeless and hungry.

Enter Dynamo, world-renowned magician and illusionist.

The magician made a surprise visit ahead of a gig in Liverpool. And he put on quite a show.

Take a look and see for yourself. More