Refugee Week 2017



BRWR took part in Bromsgrove’s annual Mediaeval Street Market on Saturday 24th June with a stall and activities. This year we asked visitors to make bunting representing Refugee Week’s theme “Different Pasts, Shared Future”.



We were delighted with the results. Young and old took part and BRWR committee member Claire Davies will now be adding their artworks to the bunting begun at The Bandstand Event in Redditch on St Stephen’s Green.

BRWR provided displays during Refugee Week in both town centre libraries featuring our local work, books about refugees available for loan and Refugee Week materials.

Syrian Refugees – a Year in Worcestershire

To mark Refugee Week 2017 and the first anniversary of Syrian families arriving in Worcestershire, refugees and their support network have come together to highlight the programme’s success.

One refugee family has contributed to a long form story created by the council with additional contributions from Refugee Action, volunteers and the county’s Libraries and Learning Service to illustrate the story of their first year in Worcestershire.

Click here to view.

We remember Mohammad Alhajali

Among the many heartbreaking stories to come out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, you may have heard about victim Mohammad Alhajali, who was a refugee from Syria. Mohammad helped to organise the Syrian Refugee Community Iftar, marking the Great Get Together and Refugee Week, and would have been serving food there. Instead he will be remembered in prayers, and we ask the Refugee Week community to remember him, as we stand in solidarity with those who are mourning his passing.

Watch the unbelievable moment this family is reunited for Father’s Day

Citizens UK post, republished, about a child refugee, finally reunited with his uncle after thousands of miles, months in the Calais Jungle and on the streets of Paris.

Rehan was reunited with his uncle after Safe Passage took legal action forcing the government to bring him to safety. There are hundreds of children just like him desperate to reach their families but prevented from doing so by the authorities.
Working together with communities across the UK we’ve opened legal routes that have brought over 1,000 children to safety.
But the Government is refusing to reunite many more child refugees in Europe safely and legally with their families. That’s why, with your help, we took our Judicial Review to the High Court. They’ve now heard the arguments and we’re waiting for their decision which could open the way for hundreds more happy reunions like Rehan’s.

Watch and share this story of hope.

Will your candidate sign the Refugee Pledge?

Would you encourage your local candidates to demonstrate their commitment to refugee protection by signing the Refugees Welcome Pledge. So far, nearly 470 people have emailed their candidates. That’s an amazing achievement. But we want to do more!
It’s a big target for us but we’d love to get 1000 people to email their candidates because that would translate into thousands of candidates being asked by voters to protect refugees. And the more candidates we can contact, the more likely we’ll end up with MPs in the new Government who’ve made that promise. Will you help us reach more candidates?


It only takes a couple of minutes but it could make a real difference in making sure the next Government includes MPs who’ve promised to protect refugees.
The General Election took us all by surprise but it’s an opportunity to make sure our politicians commit to protecting refugees. Help us make the most of this opportunity by emailing your candidates now.
With thanks,
Campaigns team