Resettled refugees' stories

Refugees fleeing persecution, violence and conflict are often unable to travel far beyond the borders of their home country. They often live in refugee camps for years; many children have lived their entire lives in such camps. One of the ways in which the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) helps such refugees is to offer resettlement to another country.

Refugee resettlement involves the selection and transfer of refugees from a country in which they have sought protection to a third country which has agreed to admit them as refugees and where they can rebuild their lives.

Every year, Britain resettles around 750 refugees from all over the world. We work to support new arrivals, helping them settle into their new lives in safety. Here are the stories of some of the people we've helped.

BusilanaBusilana and his family fled conflict in Congo when he was just seven years old. He spent nearly 15 years growing up as a refugee in Rwanda before being resettled in Hull in 2011. Read his story.

SeverineSeverine is a refugee from Congo. Now a teacher in Hull, she reflects on being resettled from a refugee camp in Zambia. Read more.

Hamed HullHamed worked with British forces in Iraq and was forced to flee when militias targeted his family. Then war took over their new home in Syria. This is his story.

emad1Emad AlTaay is an award winning artist and refugee from Iraq.

He was resettled in the UK in 2009 and has since opened a successful art studio in London.

Read his story.


Need permission to useSom is a refugee originally from Bhutan.

He was resettled in Britain from Nepal with his mum and his wife after spending over 20 years in a refugee camp.

Now Som has two jobs and dreams of going to university in the future.

Read Som's story.


Badasso - use with permission onlyBadasso, an Ethiopian refugee, spent nine years living in refugee camps in Kenya before being resettled to Britain in 2011.

Having adjusted to life in Britain, Badasso is now studying at Sheffield University, working towards a career in Community Development.

This is his story.



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