Building Good Relations and Cohesive Communities: A Wales Migration Conference,
Cardiff, 11th December 2012, 9.30am – 4:30pm
This free conference is facilitated by the Wales Migration Partnership and funded by Welsh Government. The conference will celebrate the positive benefits of migration in Wales, set out the challenges and assess the current state of play by drawing on expert opinion. The conference will also assist participants in understanding the link between equalities duties and migration. Speakers include Jane Hutt MP (Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Welsh Government), Professor Terry Threadgold (Pro Vice Chancellor, Equalities Champion, Cardiff University), Professor Heaven Crawley (Director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research, Swansea University) Don Flynn (Director, Migrants Rights Network), Kate Bennett (National Director for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission) Gillian Grainger (Community Cohesion Coordinator, Wrexham County Borough Counci), Dr Minkesh Sood (Manager of the Employment Project, Displaced People in Action) and Norbert Mbu-mputu (Writer, journalist). Further information can be found here . To book your place please contact Leanne.email@example.com
It's RefuTEA time in Llandeilo!
For well over 100 years, refugees have found a safe home in Wales, especially in the ports and valleys of South Wales. In the nineteenth century, Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe settled in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea. In the first half of the twentieth century, people sought refuge in Wales as a result of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. Wales became a safe haven for Jews fleeing Nazi persecution, and communities of Belgians, Spaniards, Poles and Italians were established in Wales.
Today, refugees come to Wales from all over the world - Afghanistan, China, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. But very little is known about their experiences in the countries from which they come or in our communities. And there are few opportunities for people to learn more about the issues facing refugees and meet with them in person to hear their stories.
As part of this year’s Refugee Week, a RefuTEA is being held Llandeilo Civic Hall in Crescent Road on Saturday 23rd June from 4-6pm. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.
The RefuTEA provides an opportunity for people in the community to meet over a cup of tea and a slice of cake and to learn about the experiences of refugees living in Wales. The event is being organised by Heaven Crawley who is Professor of International Migration at Swansea University and lives in Llandeilo.
All donations raised will help the Refugee Council, the leading charity working with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, offer vital support and advice to thousands of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.
You can find out more about Refugee Week by visiting http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk
Innovation through refugee children’s participation
Thinking creatively about child protection in a protracted refugee camp context
This project aims to work with refugee children as innovators in a protracted refugee settlement in Uganda (Kyaka II) to explore what might constitute a more child-friendly, child specific and participatory refugee protection process for children. This will be done through participatory workshops with groups of refugee children (aged 6-10 and 11-16) to map out their broad perspectives, as well as focus in on specific points (arrival, registration, best interest determination) and aspects (environment, child/adult interaction, information) of the refugee protection process.
Observation of protection interviews with refugee children and interviews with humanitarian practitioners will feed into the innovation process.