UNHCR’s new 1 Billion Miles to Safety campaign invites the public to step in solidarity with refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distance travelled by refugees each year. The 1 Billion Miles to Safety campaign will encourage people to support refugees by championing individual acts of solidarity. These acts, when taken together, acknowledge the resilience and strength of refugees. UNHCR traced the journeys of refugees around the world and calculated that collectively, people forced to flee travel approximately one billion milesevery year to reach the first point of safety. In 2016, Syrian…

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UNHCR and Silatech sign cooperation agreement to support livelihood programmes for refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Silatech signed today a cooperation agreement aimed at supporting UNHCR’s protection and assistance activities for refugees and displaced persons globally. The agreement was signed at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva in a ceremony attended by Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, and Ms. Sabah Ismail Al Haidoos, Chief Executive Officer of Silatech. Spanning a period of five years, the agreement formalizes a commitment by Silatech to support UNHCR’s programmes in the area of livelihoods and economic empowerment with a minimum annual contribution of…

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UNHCR and OECD launch action plan to boost refugee employment

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, is launching today an innovative action plan to expand employment opportunities for refugees. The document not only identifies the challenges, opportunities and best practices in the integration of refugees to the labour market, but also offers a list of concrete actions to support the successful employment of refugees. “This Action Plan shows the way forward to ensure that the economic potential of refugees is fully harnessed, contributing to their social integration and offering a win-win situation…

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Football Welcomes Campaign unites football Clubs

Football Welcomes 2018 has kicked off and it’s even bigger than last year.  Over the weekend of 21-22 April, sixty football clubs across the country – from the Premier League to grassroots refugee teams and celebrity fans– laid aside their rivalries and come together to celebrate the contribution refugee players have made, and continue to make, to the beautiful game. More than half of the Premier League football clubs – including Arsenal, Everton, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Leicester City -took part. They were joined by clubs from…

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Football clubs to celebrate the contribution refugees make to football in Amnesty’s second Football Welcomes weekend

Football clubs across the country will be taking part in Amnesty International UK’s second Football Welcomes weekend next month to celebrate the contribution refugees have made to the professional game since the Second World War. Football Welcomes, supported by a range of Premier League clubs, the English Football League and the FA Women’s Super League, will take place on 21-22 April. The first Football Welcomes weekend took place last April, with 30 clubs participating. This year even more are set to take part. Clubs will put on various events and…

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