Jack Sugden writes:
On the day that the UK went to the polls in the European elections, the Action for Refuges network (AFR), in partnership with West Lancs CVS, hosted an activities day to welcome old and new refugees resettled in the surrounding areas. A set of friendly football matches were played on the 11-a-side pitch while off field visiting Phd student Matilda Lindburg from Malmo, Sweden, ran a circus skills workshop for those less inclined to 11-a-side.
Refugee week 2019 is next week! Check out the free resources to celebrate refugee week online via the website.
The site includes a wide range of education resources including lesson plans and resources for primary and secondary classes. We’d love to hear what you’re doing for Refugee Week – share via Action for Refugees twitter or if you’re an FoE student via
The student society Global Unity have held another successful fundraiser on campus raising over £70 for charity.
The Refugee Support Network are currently accepting applications (until 27th May) for the ‘Westheimer Scholarship’, a funding opportunity for asylum seekers (up to aged 28) to pursue HE in health and social care, medicine, nursing or related professions.
Funding is available for up to 3 people each year for fees and living costs.
Full details are available on the Refugee Support Network site.
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On 23rd of May Edge Hill’s Action for Refugees network is running some welcome activities for those resettled in the local area.
We will be running a friendly football competition with circus skills activities alongside.
Maddy Robinson of STAR (Student Action for Refugees) will be speaking about the work of this national NGO, formed by students, which now makes up a national network. She will be discussing the diverse voluntary work carried out by students across the UK, and their influential campaign work including changing universities’ policies for HE Access.
Edge Hill was one of of the first universities to offer fee waivers for students unable to continue their studies due to their refugee status: STAR campaigns to ensure that access is supported and improved, reflecting the demands of students that their university is a place where everyone is welcome, and equality matters.
Find out how you can get involved at 1pm 22nd May E19 (FoE Lakeside)
With thanks for the support of I4P
What is STAR?
STAR is a national charity of 27,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. Together we:
- Volunteer at local refugee projects
- Campaign to improve the lives of refugees
- Educate people about refugees and asylum
STAR is made up of 46 groups at universities and colleges across the UK and a national team which co-ordinates and supports the groups. STAR groups are students’ union societies which are affiliated to the charity. The charity is governed by STAR’s Board of Trustees, elected annually by the students themselves.
Check out this video of Shrouk El Attar, Cardiff STAR and STAR trustee, to find out what STAR is all about!
Forced Migration Review issue 62 on ‘Return’, plus mini feature on understanding and addressing root causes of displacement
Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 17 June 2019
Maximum length: 2500 words
As one of the three ‘durable solutions’, voluntary return in safety and dignity has been a core tenet of the international refugee regime since the signing of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and is also reaffirmed in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Debates around the subject are complex, touching on political, legal and socio-economic questions as well as the central principle of non-refoulement and the humanitarian imperative to ensure that returns are informed, safe, voluntary and dignified.
This new issue of FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, advocates, policymakers, researchers and those directly affected to look at recent developments, share experience and good practice, debate perspectives and offer recommendations.
Mohib Ullah, who is leading on the project for RefuAid told us, “We are working with one of our partner schools in Liverpool and will be starting an OET (Occupational English Test accepted by the General Medical Council as an alternative to IELTS for re-qualification) course for healthcare professionals after Easter. The course will be 6 hours a week and will initially run for 6 weeks, starting on Wednesday the 24th of April. We welcome applications from refugee/asylum seeker doctors, nurses and midwives etc. They can also email me in person at [email protected] I will be happy to answer any questions they may have. During the course, we will pay travel expenses up to £500, and the exam fee when applicants are deemed as exam-ready by their tutors.”
Action for Refugees think that this is a brilliant initiative with potentially great benefits to candidates and the communities they will serve. We wish RefuAid every success with this important programme.