Refugee Week - Refugee Council

Refugee Week

Refugee Week (17 – 23 June) is the world’s largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking asylum.

2024 Theme: Our Home

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is Our Home. Home can be a place of refuge, a feeling, or a state of mind. It can be found in smells, tastes, and sounds. From the clothes we wear to the words we grew up with. It’s in food, music, and arts. It’s in our cultures and in our landscapes.


Everyone should have a place to call home, but for many of the people we work with at Refugee Council this is far from guaranteed. Newly recognised refugees in the UK are given a notice period of just 28 days (known as the ‘move-on’ process) to leave their accommodation, making it very challenging to secure housing and financial support, and placing unnecessary pressures on local authority homelessness services. 

We are calling for the next Government to extend the move-on period to at least 56 days, giving people who are granted refugee status more time to find a home and begin rebuilding their lives in the UK.

Renting a home to refugees

Our Home can be a place where we extend hospitality to others. We work with landlords and refugees through our Private Rented Scheme to help people find a secure and sustainable place to rent and call home.



Rent a home to refugees

We can support landlords every step of the way. Find out about Rent a home to refugees

Take action for Refugee Week

Here are two simple ways you can make a difference for refugees this Refugee Week.

Take part in the social media thunderclap:

  1. Download the Refugee Week 2024 heart [Google Drive]
  2. Post it to your social media channels at 12.00pm on Monday 17 June
  3. You can use the caption “This #RefugeeWeek I’m celebrating #OurHome by…” and fill in the blank to inspire those around you!

Run a community event to raise awareness and funds for Refugee Council: 

During Refugee Week, there are thousands of events being run in communities across the UK and around the world! Why not consider running your own event or taking part in a challenge to fundraise for Refugee Council? 




Challenge Events

Take on an active challenge. Find out about Challenge Events