Asylum seeking women get a sporting chance

Every week, about 15 asylum seeking and refugee women attend the women's only Women Get Active sporting class at YMCA Cardiff hosted by the Welsh Refugee Council in partnership with YMCA Cardiff and funded by Sports Wales.  Many of the women are survivors of very difficult situations and feel the class provides an opportunity for them to escape, get back in touch with sport and have fun in the process.

Welsh Affairs Select Committee Briefing

A briefing from the Welsh Refugee Coalition

In preparation for the MPs from the Welsh Affairs Select Committee visit to Cardiff's Lynx House accommodation, we produced a briefing to help explain some of our key concerns. You can find this briefing below, which was circulated to all members of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee in advance of their visit.


Statement on Red Wristbands

The practice of forcing asylum seekers to wear brightly coloured wristbands in order to receive food is abhorrent and a regressive step away from Wales’ long history as a nation of sanctuary. The bands were introduced in late 2015 as a cost-cutting measure by Clearsprings Ready Homes, a private company responsible for the provision of asylum accommodation under their COMPASS contract with the Home Office.

Wales: Nation of Sanctuary

The Welsh Refugee Council is working with organisations across Wales, including DPIA, Oxfam, City of Sanctuary, EYST, Oasis Cardiff and Trinity Centre to call for Wales to be the first Nation of Sanctuary. We are asking for people and organisations in Wales to:

  • Offer your support
  • Offer your voice
  • Offer your friendship

Watch our short film to find out more about Wales as a Nation of Sanctuary.

Students teach English to asylum seekers and refugees

Final year English students at the University of South Wales are working with the Welsh Refugee Council (WRC) to deliver English lessons to refugees.

As part of their undergraduate degree, students at the University are offered a unique educational opportunity to teach refugees and earn an extra qualification, while gaining invaluable experience.

Sanctuary in the Senedd

“Every refugee coming to Wales is escaping fear, and has a dream. If we can make this country a place of safety and welcome, we have a chance to make that dream come true...”

BETTY NYAMWENGE - Co-Chair of the Sanctuary in the Senedd Event, Chair of Cardiff City of Sanctuary

Nation of Sanctuary Action Briefing

The Welsh Refugee Coalition

We are a coalition of organisations working in Wales with asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their journey, and with the communities in which they live.  We work together in the interests of asylum seekers and refugees, to ensure that our limited resources can be used to best effect and to speak with one voice on policies and practices affecting people seeking safety in Wales.


Bake Sale - Cardiff University

On Wednesday 25 November 2015, Social Work MA students from Cardiff University held a bake sale in order to raise money for the Welsh Refugee Council’s hardship fund.
The hardship fund is for asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers and refugees who are destitute. It provides emergency payment to help people access food, clothing, and essential transport.

Women's Asylum Project

This Welsh Refugee Council project is crucial to the lives of asylum seeking women in Wales who have been the victim of gender based violence. These women often have complex legal cases due to their gender specific issues.

Welsh Refugee Council is recruiting a Migration Policy Officer

This is an important, interesting and exciting role to work on our Migration Services in Wales project, funded by the Welsh Government. It is a great opportunity for you to be a key player in increasing understanding of migration policy and practice in Wales.

Concert for The Trinity Centre's 'Space4U' and 'Oasis'

Tuesday, October 20th, 7.30 to 10.00 pm

Cathays Sport and Social Club

Cathays Terrace, CF24 4HS

Tickets/Donations on the Door


Come and support the invaluable work of these two organisations that provide much needed support to refugees and asylum seekers. 

'Space4u' at the Trinity Centre offers a drop-in for asylum seekers on Mondays and Thursdays (daytime) and every Wednesday (5:30pm-7:30pm)  that include free refreshments, pool, table-tennis and English classes as well as opportunities to socialise.

Oxfam Cymru calls on Wales to take 724 Syrian refugees

Join the Welsh Refugee Council in supporting Oxfam’s call to get Wales to accept 724 refugees in 2016. 


Oxfam’s updated fair share analysis on how many people should be resettled in Wales on Walesonline yesterday, follows the Home Secretary Theresa May’s “chilling” speech on asylum reform and immigration crackdown.


The Refugee Children’s Consortium’s response to the crisis

The Refugee Children’s Consortium has published a response to the refugee and migrant situation in the UK and the wider Europe. One of the main asks is that as a matter of urgency, the UK Government should welcome a fair and proportionate share of the amount of people fleeing persecution and war. Welsh Refugee Council is a member of the Refugee Children’s Consortium and is signatory to the response statement. Please read the full response here and share it as much as possible.

Response to Welsh Government Summit

Welsh Refugee Council response from the Welsh Refugee Summit 2015

We are pleased to see Welsh Government’s commitment to relocating refugees in Wales through the setting up of a task force to provide support to refugees.  It is great to know that Welsh Government, Welsh Local Government Association, Local Authorities and the third sector in Wales will be working together to coordinate a response to resettle refugees and consider the wider context of refugee inclusion.

The Situation in Syria

Mansour Abohalawa, a Syrian refugee from Darayya, living in Cardiff explains; the situation in Syria is much more dire than what is being shown in the media.  His town Darayya is all but destroyed and all his family members have fled.  They are now displaced living in Saudi Arabia which is not the best situation for them. Before the war they had a great life and was very happy in Syria. Leaving Syria was not their choice

He feels safer in the UK.

“Syrian people only come to the UK because they want safety and protection due to the war in Syria”

Wales Cares About Refugees

Wales Cares About Refugees

We are inspired by the surge of support for refugees and other migrants in Wales. We are heartened by the compassionate response of people who want to do something to support people fleeing conflict and to stop people drowning in the Mediterranean, dying in the back of lorries and suffering across Europe. Here are some things that we think you would like to know and some suggestions of practical steps that you can take to show your support.

Applying for ILR or Naturalisation

Changes to English Language Requirements for ILR/Naturalisation

Information for those wishing to apply for ILR or Naturalisation


If you are applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Naturalisation/Citizenship, the UK Home Office now requires you to prove your knowledge of English Language through:

Introduction to the New Welsh Syrian Association

Ferass Nadde

Written by Ferass Nadde

Ferass has been volunteering with the Welsh Refugee Council and has been instrumental in the founding of the new Syrian Association in Wales (SAIW).


Thanks to the people of Wales, and to the Welsh Refugee Council for the support and great help that they offer to refugees in Wales.

Welsh Action on Refugees

Urgent Action:

This is the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War with nearly 60 million[1] people forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution. There are over four million refugees[2] forced to flee Syria, most people living in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many refugees continue to take hazardous journeys to seek sanctuary.


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