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Who We Are

How we treat refugees reflects who we are. At our best, we are welcoming and kind to those facing difficult times. If any one of us feared for our lives or the lives of our loved ones, we’d want to know that others would help us to safety.

But, too often people fleeing war, persecution or violence are treated with hostility in the UK,
rather than compassion. And now, the UK government is planning to introduce new rules for how we treat refugees. The plans represent a major attack on people seeking safety. And they may undermine our obligations under international law.

We’re joining with Together With Refugees and Birmingham City of Sanctuary to call for a kinder, more humane approach to refugees – so they can seek safety in the UK, rebuild their lives and make a valuable contribution to our society.

How can we show that Brum is a welcoming city, proud to be a place of sanctuary?

Pop into Peace Hub, from October through to the end of 2021 to:

  • Read personal stories & find out more;
  • Have your say;
  • Spot the Orange Heart trail, and make your own;
  • Stand up for a kinder, fairer system.

Together With Refugees is a new coalition of national and local organisations, refugees living in Britain, and people from all walks of life who believe in showing compassion to people fleeing war, persecution or violence. Thanks to them for sharing many of the words and images used in this theme.

Latest Posts on Together With Refugees

Refugee Week: a time for Healing - It’s Refugee Week, and this year the theme is Healing: “Through creativity and conversations, Refugee Week 2022 will be a celebration of community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again.”Counterpoint Arts, organisers of UK Refugee Week In Birmingham, events to mark this week include: 11:30am Thursday 23rd June: a visit to Victoria Square […]
photo of woman doing heart shaped hand gestures Keep Taking Action Together With Refugees - At Peace Hub our theme Who We Are is coming to an end, but there are still many ways that you can continue to stand Together With Refugees. The Nationality and Borders Bill has passed through the House of Commons and will now go to the House of Lords early next year. It can be […]
Who We Are - Refugees have always been a part of the UK, and of Birmingham. It’s who we are. Visitors arriving in the city by coach are greeted by a sign declaring ‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ (photo above by ell brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0). Here are just a handful of the generations of refugees who […]
Is Sanctuary Under Threat? - The UK government is planning to introduce new rules for how we treat refugees. The plans represent a major attack on people seeking safety, and they may undermine our obligations under international law. Under the current rules, people are accepted as refugees having shown that they have fled war or persecution following rigorous official checks. […]
Show Your Heart - Over the coming weeks and months, you’ll hopefully start noticing orange hearts appearing around Brum. You may have already spotted them on social media. But what’s it all about? The orange heart is the symbol adopted by Together With Refugees – a new coalition of national and local organisations, refugees living in Britain, and people […]
Refugees Welcome in Brum - The situation in Afghanistan has been a stark reminder of our responsibility to offer welcome to people fleeing war and persecution – in the UK, and specifically here in Birmingham (where we have declared ourselves a City of Sanctuary). If you’d like to do something to help by donating or volunteering (as an individual or […]
Join in: Be the Friendly Face of Brum - We are pleased to announce that our theme for January & February 2020 at Peace Hub is: Be the Friendly Face of Brum – how can we welcome refugees & asylum seekers? Refugees are fleeing from danger in their home country and come to Britain to ask for safety.  Sadly, they face a ‘hostile environment’ […]
Tackle Climate Breakdown - In this article, we’re looking at how we could Tackle Problems like Climate Breakdown. Our most basic security need is to have a liveable planet. Yet climate change is often left down the list of security priorities. Climate breakdown could also make increase conflict, as resources become more scarce. Could tackling problems like climate breakdown […]
You, Me & Those who came Before - Refugee week is here! The theme for 2019 is you, me & those who came before.  It’s an invitation to explore the lives of refugees (and those who have welcomed them) throughout the generations. People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in Birmingham for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions […]
Refugee Week 2019 - Refugee Week is nearly here! 14th – 23rd June is a week to celebrate all the things that refugees and asylum seekers bring to the UK, and to show solidarity and friendship. The theme for 2019 is you, me & those who came before.  It’s an invitation to explore the lives of refugees (and those […]