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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Gwendoline Christie and Laura Mvula to lead celebration of refugee and migrant women at Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival

The 2018 Women on the Move Awards, presented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Migrants Organise, will on March 9 recognise exceptional refugees, migrants and those working on their behalf for their outstanding work in empowering women. Hosted by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, the awards will be presented by the actor Gwendoline Christine (Star Wars, Game of Thrones), and Southbank Centre Artistic Director and founder of WOW – Women of the World Jude Kelly CBE. Acclaimed British singer- songwriter Laura Mvula will perform at the ceremony as part…

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Amnesty International highlights plight of refugees through groundbreaking film

In a bid to shed light on the dangerous journeys refugees are forced to make on a daily basis, Amnesty International has launched a groundbreaking short film, “Through the eyes of a refugee”. The film documents an extraordinary project in which five people from the Netherlands and Belgium were brought into a state of hypnosis, so they could gain deeper insight into the journey of a Syrian refugee. Under the guidance of a professional hypnotherapist, the participants experienced the journey of 29-year-old Marwa, from Syria, as she made her way…

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