Refugee Week

Written by Ellen Teague

 Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.

Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.

People Not Walls/Seeking Sanctuary are holding an online rally event next Saturday.

It will include Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin of Dover leading a small seafront commemoration event at the plaques for migrants in Dover, along with Seeking Sanctuary coordinator Ben Bano. It will highlight the deaths of 58 dead young Chinese in a sealed container at Dover docks during the night of 18 June 2000. Also, stories of why people including families with children, and unaccompanied young people, are taking to the seas and trying to cross the Channel.


 Short Columban Video of the Dover event on 22 June 2019 at:

 Articles about Fatima House in Birmingham – a house of sanctuary for destitute asylum seekers


An internet conversation ‘The Pope, The Pandemic and The People we leave behind’

With Sarah Teather and Austen Ivereigh on 18 June.

Jesuit Refugee Service @JRSUK