Working with partners

The Refugee Council works with partners nationally and internationally to help improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers or to co-deliver projects or services.  Our partners include Refugee Week, ECRE and the Asylum Support Partnership.

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a week of events that celebrate the contribution of Refugees to the UK.  Their are 12 partner agencies involved in producing Refugee Week, with representatives from each partner organisation forming the UK steering and operations group which decides the theme for Refugee Week each year.  The partner agencies also run events to raise awareness and promote Refugee Week.

The Refugee Week partners are  UNHCR, Student Action for Refugees (STAR), Refugee Action, British Red Cross, Freedom from Torture, Amnesty International, Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council, City of Sanctuary, The Children's Society, British Future and the Refugee Council.

Read about Refugee Week 2013 on our blog

The European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE)

ECRE is a pan-European Alliance of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations. ECRE is concerned with the needs of all individuals who seek refuge and protection within Europe.

It aims to promote the protection and integration of refugees in Europe based on the values of human dignity, human rights, and an ethic of solidarity.

ECRE seeks to achieve this aim by:

  • Advocating a fair and humane European asylum policy and by promoting the development of a comprehensive and coherent response by the international community to refugee movements.
  • Strengthening networking between refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations in Europe.
  • Developing the institutional capacity of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations in Europe.

ECRE draws on the energy, ideas and commitment of an active membership of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations and a strong secretariat. It also strives to involve wider civil society, the political community and refugee communities in its work. It respects the cultural values of different parts of Europe.

It aims to ensure that its ideas and positions are of high quality, legally accurate and representative of a wide range of knowledge, experience and best practice throughout Europe.

Its working methods are guided by democratic values and the principle of seeking to mobilise the widest possible active involvement of its member agencies through working groups, advisory groups, regional fora and Europe-wide networks. It encourages, wherever appropriate, its member agencies to take the lead on a particular project.

Working Internationally

The Refugee Council help on a range of international issues, including:

  • Monitoring and influencing the development of European asylum policy
  • Providing input into the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' consultation and decision-making processes
  • Contingency planning for emergency programmes
  • Working with other partners and networks to establish country of origin information

We cover a broad spectrum of issues through our work and produce regular newsletters, briefings, reports and policy documents. Although we do not have offices outside the UK we maintain close working relationships with governmental and non-governmental organisations both in the UK and overseas.

Our current aims are to:

  • support the development of the UK's resettlement programme for refugees from overseas
  • ensure that refugees are able to access protection in the EU
  • raise awareness of the links between the different aspects of UK policy that impact on refugees' countries of origin and how they impact on flows of asylum seekers to the UK
  • maintain international commitment to the 1951 Refugee Convention

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