Refugee Week 2022

Refugee Week 2022 this year centres around healing. There are a range of online and in person events we are hosting and supporting that reflect the solidarity and welcome around the country that help people move forwards.

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

It’s a celebration, where we recognise the contribution of asylum-seekers and refugees to life in the UK, and a chance to demonstrate just some of the ways we can all stand #WithRefugees.

Join us in celebrating Refugee Week from 20 - 26 June. 

Programme of events from UNHCR and partners

Thursday 17 - Sunday 26 June 

Refugee Festival Scotland

Venues across Scotland will bring people together, encouraging them to ‘meet, mix, and get to know each other.’ Events all focus on the theme of storytelling, with a huge variety of workshops, performances, talks and more.  

Explore events here.

Monday June 20, World Refugee Day

Tears of Gold - a new exhibition by Hannah Rose Thomas explores themes of loss and trauma through portraits of displaced women around the world

To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, UNHCR is proud to support the launch of Tears of Gold, an exhibition in the UK Houses of Parliament featuring a powerful series of portraits of some of the women Hannah Rose Thomas met during the past decade.

Simple As Water: UNHCR hosts a screening of the moving documentary at the Barbican

To mark World Refugee Day, UNHCR is hosting the London premier of Megan Mylan’s documentary Simple As Water. 

This powerful film follows Syrian refugee families in different countries, coping with the impact of war, separation and the ongoing search for a safe future away from their home country. 

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Book here

Wednesday 22 June 6pm - 7.30pm

Live cookalong hosted by UK for UNHCR and Migrateful.

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

Inspirational Pakistani refugee chef, Noor will take you through her one of her grandmother’s secret recipes, delicious aloo parathas - vegan flatbreads stuffed with the most flavourful potatoes. Find out more and sign up.

Thursday 24 June 6pm - 9:00pm

Refugee Week Late at the Migration Museum

Join the Migration Museum and friends for a special Refugee Week late opening, featuring art workshops, performances, guided exhibition tours and more led by artists, practitioners and storytellers with refugee backgrounds.

Buy tickets.

Sunday 26 June 12pm - 7.00pm

Sanctuary Festival Hastings

This annual celebration is back to celebrate the contribution of asylum –seekers and refugees, and those who have helped them to establish themselves and rebuild their lives.  

This year, the Festival will focus around the Refugee Week theme of healing, with a range of events to inform, entertain and create.  

UNHCR will be joining representatives Freedom From Torture, The Refugee Buddy Project and poet Loraine Mponela for a panel discussion, ‘Routes to Healing’ which will explore how people heal from traumatic events like war, displacement and torture.

Learn about the day's activities.


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