Refugee Week 2021

Refugee Week 2021 is a festival of community friendship and welcome. There are a range of online and in person events we are hosting and supporting that reflect this spirit. Please join us in saying #WeCannotWalkAlone

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival highlighting the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees here.

It’s a celebration, and a way of saying #WeCannotWalkAlone, and demonstrating just some of the ways we can all stand #WithRefugees.

Join us in celebrating Refugee Week from 14 - 21 June. This year, the festival is taking a hybrid approach. There are many in person events for you to attend, whilst a range of online webinars, cookalongs and much more mean that you can attend - where ever you are located.

Programme of events from UNHCR and partners

Friday 11 June

Goal Click Refugees returns with new storytellers from Spain, Australia and Ukraine.

Lives of the Displaced through the Lens of Football​.

Using disposable cameras participants offer a snapshot in to their lives on the pitch, at their clubs and on the streets. The tell us why football is so important to them, and how it has helped re-centre their lives in displacement. Explore the series.

Tuesday 15 June 6pm - 7.30pm

Live cookalong hosted by UK for UNHCR and Migrateful.

UK for UNHCR, in association with Migrateful & Majeda Khoury, invite you to a virtual cookalong to celebrate Refugee Week.

Inspirational Syrian refugee chef, Majeda Khoury will take you through her mother's recipe for Harrak Isbaao, a delicious, healthy, vegan dish from Syria. The event is free but you need to register in advance. Find out more and sign up.

Wednesday 16 June 6pm - 7:00pm

Communities for Refugees webinar with RESET and UNHCR.

Community Sponsorship is a refugee resettlement programme enabling you to welcome a refugee family to your neighbourhood and support them as they settle in to their new life in the UK.

Join UNHCR and Reset to find out more about Community Sponsorship in the UK and how you can play your part.

We'll be hearing from people who've experienced the transformative impact of Community Sponsorship.

The session will be led by Reset, the charity that trains Community Sponsors across the UK. Register to attend.

Sunday 20 June 12pm - 12.30pm

On World Refugee Day, our charity partner UK for UNHCR and Forced to Flee are hosting an online panel discussion to explore the challenges of refugee protection, the implications of climate change and the public role in supporting the displaced globally.​


Gulwali Passarlay, Refugee & Author of The Lightless Sky, 

Lord Alf Dubs, Refugee & Member of the House of Lords

Jaz O'Hara, Founder of The Worldwide Tribe

Emma Cherniavsky, CEO of UK for UNHCR

This free event takes place at 3PM on Sunday 20 June. Register to attend.

Saturday 26 June 11am - 4.00pm

On June 26 UNHCR will be joining refugee support groups in Exeter to celebrate the area’s centuries-old tradition of welcoming  people forced to flee. ​

Hosted by Refugee Support Devon, the day will bring the community together and invite visitors to learn about the county’s longstanding tradition of offering sanctuary to those in need. UNHCR will join experts to discuss the history of sanctuary in the region. Talks, music and dance throughout the day reflect all aspects of the way generations of migrants and refugees have transformed Exeter and its surroundings into the multicultural community it is today. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. Events take place at The Transit Shed, Exeter Quay, Saturday, 26th June 2021, 11:00 - 17:00

Thursday 8 July 11am - 12.00pm

UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, will address Chatham House to discuss the 1951 Refugee Convention as we mark its 70th anniversary. 

As the cornerstone of refugee protection, and in the face of rising global displacement, the Convention, along with the 1967 Protocol, remains as relevant as ever. This online event will explore the Convention’s relevance today, the impact of COVID-19 and what can be done to mobilise support for refugees globally.

This event is free for Chatham House members. Register to attend.


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