Our #RethinkingRefugee campaign
The #RethinkingRefugee campaign began in 2015 as a reaction to the so-called ‘refugee crisis portrayed in the media at that time. We felt we needed to confront the language used to talk about refugees and migrants in the mainstream media, and challenge any stereotypes, misconceptions, or politically motivated rhetoric.
Through the campaign, we want to create a space to discuss how to change broken systems for refugees and migrants that restrict opportunities for people seeking refuge in the UK. We believe that by changing the conversation, we can advocate and innovate for increased access to support, training and education that will in turn create the spaces and opportunities for people to thrive.
We deliberately use refugee in the singular, as each refugee is an individual with their own skills, ambitions and needs, requiring an individual approach not just a one size fits all approach. We see refugees as people with talents, skills, and aspirations, assets which will boost our economy and enrich our communities. We don’t focus on the story on how they came to be here, we focus on where they want to be.
We currently partner or lead on a variety of projects that aim to enhance integration services for refugees and migrants and disrupt the systems that have entrenched inequalities in our society.
Join the #RethinkingRefugee campaign in supporting refugees and migrants to build a better, brighter future.