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 Impact

These yearly reports highlight key areas of our work and how we improve the lives of refugees.

Our Policies

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


Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs and Emma Thompson champion our work.


These key leaders ensure that we stay true to our mission and help plan ahead for the future.

Board EDI Statement

Our commitment to building an equitable, diverse and inclusive organisation.