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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

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 […]
A Sense of Belonging: Welcoming Refugees & Asylum Seekers - Junior Peacemakers workshops for Primary School groups. We are delighted to be joining up once again with Peacemakers to host a free workshop for primary schools (Years 5 or 6). The theme of this term’s Junior Peacemakers workshops is: A Sense of Belonging – Welcoming Refugees & Asylum Seekers. We will explore how and why […]
Take your #NewUnionFlag selfie! - Our current theme at Peace Hub ‘Be the Friendly Face of Brum‘ is all about celebrating and welcoming refugees into our community. As part of the theme, we’re delighted to be displaying the New Union Flag in our window.  It’s been designed by artist Gil Mualem Doron as a celebration of our diversity. The flag […]
Paying to be Stuck in Limbo? - Join us to take action against unfair fees! People who have their asylum claim accepted are recognised as refugees, and have the right to live and work in the UK. After living here for 10 years they can apply for full citizenship, but this comes at a high cost – over £1000 per person. Some […]