Refugee Week


Different Pasts, Shared Future

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

Refugee Week was first held in 1998 and developed in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain, fuelled by persistently hostile media coverage of the asylum issue. It is the only UK-wide event that attempts to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

MRSN organises a variety of events each year, involving a wide range of partners and refugee community organisations to raise the profile of refugees and those seeking asylum and to highlight their talents, skills and their valuable contributions to the UK economy as well as its artistic and cultural heritage.