The Refugee Council is a leading charity working with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. Founded in 1951 following the creation of the UN Refugee Convention, we exist to support and empower people who have fled conflict, violence and persecution in order to rebuild their lives here in the UK.

We work with over 13,000 women, men and children each year who are desperately seeking safety. From the moment refugees arrive in the UK, we are here.

  • We provide crisis advice, mental health counselling and practical support to help people settle and integrate into their new community
  • We are specialists in working with refugee children who arrive in the UK alone
  • We work with refugees and our partners to fight for improvements to the asylum protection system
  • We inspire change in attitudes towards refugees and people seeking asylum—speaking out for compassion fairness and kindness.


Contact Us

A guide on how to reach the Refugee Council's different services and executive functions.

Our History

Founded in 1951, the Council has a long and storied history of providing support to refugees from across the world.

Our Policies

A directory of links to our relevant policy pages, across fundraising, safeguarding, complaints and more

Our Leadership

An overview of some of the people that help the Refugee Council achieve its goals.