Today, individuals across the nations will be forced, by fear of life threatening events, to make a choice. “Do I stay and suffer worsening circumstances that could be fatal, or do I find a way of escape that will offer a place of safety?”
The UK government recognises the right of those who genuinely need sanctuary, granting them leave to remain as refugees.
Many such refugees have thus settled and become respectful citizens contributing equally into the communities where they live. All over the nation during the annual Refugee Week, celebratory events will take place to appreciate the positive benefits of their investment into our society and the achievements we make in partnership for a better future.
Our city of Plymouth is richer in its diversity, skills and culture because we welcome refugees to integrate and share their lives, artistic and traditional expressions with respect of the freedom we all enjoy.
A welcome is offered to everyone to come and join in these events that are free to all, whether outdoor events or those facilitated during the week at various venues.
- Saturday 13 June: Refugee Week opening event: Plymouth Hope Festival and Family Fun Day
- Sunday 14 June: Calstock trip and fun day
- Monday 15 June - Friday 19 June: Refugee Week display in association with Plymouth Libraries
- Monday 15 June: Taste the Difference 'Afghanistan'
- Tuesday 16 June: Film screening and Q&A session - 'Leave to Remain'
- Wednesday 17 June: Fire Service Open Day (Greenbank Fire Station)
- Wednesday 17 June: Film screening and Q&A session - 'New Walls'
- Thursday 18 June: Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support Open Morning
- Thursday 18 June: Film screening and Q&A session - 'Welcome'
- Friday 19 June: START (Students and Refugees Together) Walk
- Friday 19 June: Cultural Kitchen 'Open House'
- Saturday 20 June: Refugee Week Finale, part of Plymouth University's Big Festival Weekend