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Refugee Week 2020 – Continue the journey

Thank you to everyone that has got involved in Refugee Week. We hope this becomes the start of discussions and learning.

We’ve put together easy ways to reflect, engage and continue getting involved.

1. Remember the terms

Here at RMC, we work a lot with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants of many kinds. These terms can get confusing and often cross over, so we thought we would help share some ways to find out more about the people we work with.

Economic migrant

Someone who leaves his or her country of origin purely for financial and/or economic reasons. Economic migrants choose to move in order to find a better life and they do not flee because of persecution. Therefore they do not fall within the criteria for refugee status and are not entitled to receive international protection.


A person who has fled their country of origin and is unable or unwilling to return because of a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

Asylum Seeker

An individual who is seeking international protection. In countries with individualised procedures, an asylum seeker is someone whose claim has not yet been finally decided on by the country in which he or she has submitted it. Not every asylum seeker will ultimately be recognised as a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker.

See more about these terms and what it means for people:

What does this all actually look like?

All of this affects real people with real lives. Whether you have been in the UK for many years, or just a short time, it can have an impact. Below is a powerful conversation between two people – Owen, 45, a Jamaican born immigrant who came to the UK when he was four years old, sits down with Mo, 22, a Syrian refugee who came to the UK after fleeing ISIS in his home country.

Disclaimer: Contains some strong language

2. Learn more

There are many useful resources to learn more yourself.

Take the free asylum support e-learning provided by ASAP

Use the Right to Remain toolkit to find out about the asylum process

Read about more of the Windrush cases that RMC has been involved in

Find out more about different terms with Amnesty

Read up on some of the incredible stories HuffPost put together for Refugee Week and The Metro

Attend a training course with Restore on befriending

3. Keep up to date:

If you have social media, follow some of our friends to keep up to date with news and local events:

Help Refugees – Twitter, Facebook, Instragram, Website
RestoreTwitter, Facebook, Website
Hope ProjectsTwitter, Facebook, Website
UNHSC Twitter, Facebook, Instragram, TikTok, Youtube, Website
St. Chad’s Sanctuary – Twitter, Facebook, Website
Brushstrokes Facebook, Website
Asylum Matters – Twitter, Facebook, Website
Bearwood Action for RefugeesTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
City Of Sanctuary Twitter, Facebook, Website
Celebrating SanctuaryTwitter, Facebook, Website
Red Cross – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Refugee Action Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Coventry Refugee Migrant Centre – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Baobab Womens ProjectTwitter, Website
Birch NetworkTwitter, Facebook, Website

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