Category: Refugee services

Exodus – enter the world of young refugee artists

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For so many people, art is a means of expressing how we feel about the world. In this respect, the young refugees adjusting to life in Kent are no different to the rest of us.

Selassie and Helen are two young refugees from Eritrea. They arrived in the UK alone, travelling from the Calais ‘Jungle’. Both are seeking asylum after traumatic experiences.

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From Calais to the UK – a view from the window

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As the light again began to stream through the windows of the bus, one word above the rest was audible from the boys who sat quietly in nervous anticipation: “England?”

14 boys, mostly Afghans and Syrians, had arrived.

They are the first of the unaccompanied children living in Calais the Home Office has agreed to transfer to the UK.

The next week should see many more bus journeys like this one: many more packets of crisps and cheese sandwiches consumed; more vulnerable children glimpsing the British Isles for the first time.

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Refugee football match brings Hope from Plymouth to Arsenal

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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