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22 Jan 2018 description

Living in London, Areej spends her time volunteering with asylum-seekers while she looks for work in her area of environmental management

Areej, a 30-year-old refugee from Sudan, knows all too well how difficult it is to start a new life in a new country. She has a master’s degree from Nottingham University in environmental management but spends most of her time doing voluntary work and looking for employment.

18 Jan 2018 description

The UK is to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Africa by deploying three RAF Chinook helicopters to Mali.

The Prime Minister is expected to make the announcement as part of the UK-France Summit at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where she will discuss the UK’s strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with President Macron.

The helicopters, which will provide logistic support to French troops, are part of a wider effort to increase stability in the Sahel region of Africa in order to tackle Islamist terrorism.

16 Jan 2018 description

Hasan, a refugee, was initially ‘terrified’ of living with strangers but Hamish and Tamsin gave him space to settle and adapt. Now, he is learning English, trying to integrate

By Nadine Alfa | 16 January 2018

Hamish Dunlop and his partner Tamsin Chowdry used to let out their spare room to bed-and-breakfast guests. Then, one weekend, they visited a family friend who was hosting a refugee. Within hours, the couple had signed up to do the same, with an organisation called Refugees At Home.

16 Jan 2018 description

This national action plan is the UK government’s 5-year strategy for how we will meet our Women, Peace and Security commitments under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 to reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls and to promote their inclusion in conflict resolution. It is part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK’s foreign policy consciously and consistently delivers for women and girls.

16 Jan 2018 description
report RESET

Chatterbox, a social venture based in the UK, is training refugees to become language teachers.

The UK is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled war and persecution in their home countries and are looking for a better future. But, despite their high levels of education and their ability to speak (often several) different languages, many of them often struggle to find a job.

15 Jan 2018 description

A series of photos by Aubrey Wade, backed by UNHCR, highlights how UK households have discovered that offering a room to a refugee can benefit both parties.

By Matthew Saltmarsh

LONDON - Opening one’s home — and life — to someone who has been forced to flee their own country is not a decision to be taken lightly. But, as a new photographic exhibition on refugee-hosting in Britain demonstrates, it can bring real benefits to both parties.

09 Jan 2018 description

City of Sanctuary, a ‘movement for cultural change’, is expanding often in deprived areas, helping instil values of hospitality and welcome

BOLTON, England – Upstairs at Victoria Hall Methodist Mission, a warren of meeting rooms tucked around a 1,250-seat concert hall in this once prosperous northern English city, the strains of a Mozart serenade fill a makeshift studio where untrained dancers move with surprising grace.

26 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

Without any idea where their relatives are or the ability to search for them, people around the world turn to international family tracing teams for help

Six months after he arrived in the UK, Hassan’s calls to his family started going unanswered. He would send WhatsApp messages to his wife and children, but the blue double tick sign for message read did not appear. From April 2016 until January 2017, nothing.

19 Dec 2017 description

Edinburgh pledges to remain part of programme as UNHCR urges London to expand its resettlement to assist those fleeing war and persecution

By Kim Nelson | 19 December 2017

EDINBURGH - Scotland is celebrating its achievement of providing new homes for 2,000 resettled Syrian refugees, three years ahead of schedule.

06 Dec 2017 description

Building anew in northern England, refugee Ryad Alsous has become an advocate for native species and passes on his beekeeping knowledge to others.

By Caroline Brothers in Armitage Bridge, England | 06 December 2017

01 Dec 2017 description
report Refugee Council

The Home office has today published its quarterly immigration statistics covering the period between July and September 2017. You can see the Refugee Council’s response to these statistics below, and the statistics themselves here.

09 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR study finds integration is working well and Syrians appreciate their welcome. More can be done to help refugees find work, learn English and contribute to their new home country

By Kim Nelson and Matthew Saltmarsh | 09 November 2017

Syrian refugees given protection in the UK are benefitting from efforts to help them integrate in their new society, although more could be done to allow them to find their feet quickly, according to a new study by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners released today.

09 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR study: Integration efforts advancing in UK Syria refugee resettlement

Halfway through programme, Syrians feel welcome; more can be done to improve language and employment support; UNHCR urges rollout of National Integration plan and resettlement expansion post 2020

09 November 2017

31 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

A British demand to use aid money to repair hurricane damage to its semi-autonomous territories in the Caribbean looks set to be blocked. Donor countries meeting today in Paris to hammer out new rules on international aid will not agree the proposals, but may consider them later, according to multiple sources.

Read more on IRIN.

02 Oct 2017 description

By Stephen Thompson

Institute of Development Studies


  • The global context of international development.

  • UK Parliament’s guiding principles, legislation and strategic priorities.

  • Official Development Assistance spending: cross-government approach, classification and recipients.


20 Sep 2017 description

Prime Minister Theresa May hosted an event on tackling modern slavery at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Refugee Council

A new survey, commissioned by the Guardian and published by the Refugee Council today has found high levels of homelessness and destitution among refugees shortly after they have been granted their refugee status.

02 Sep 2017 description
report Refugee Council

The private security company G4S has today announced that it has suspended nine staff members from an Immigration Removal Centre following allegations of abuse and assaults against people detained.

An investigation has been launched into the allegations ahead of a BBC Panorama programme scheduled to be shown on Monday evening that is reported to include covert footage recorded at Brook House IRC near Gatwick airport. The footage is said to show officers “mocking, abusing and assaulting” people being held there.

04 Aug 2017 description

New funding from the UK for polio eradication will immunize up to 45 million children a year against polio.

The United Kingdom is helping make history by eradicating a human disease for just the second time ever, after smallpox. On August 4, Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel announced £100 million in new funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which will help to give the world’s children protection against this crippling disease.

20 Jul 2017 description

In a picturesque English village, one couple have transformed their home into a haven for people who have fled violence and persecution.

By: Warda Aljawahiry in Norfolk, United Kingdom

Sudanese refugee Noah, 27, admits that when he first came to The Grange he wasn’t sure what to expect. But after meeting the manager of the farmhouse an instant friendship was struck, which is still going strong two years later.