Every good friend was once a stranger.
London is home to thousands of people who escaped violence and persecution in their countries. Today, they are our neighbours. Yet we never have the opportunity to meet up and get to know each other. In fact, studies show that London is becoming more diverse but also more segregated.
90% of people with refugee status at Refugee Connection, who have been living in London for at least 2 years, but some for up to 20 years, told us that they did not know a single British person before joining our organisation
We aim to change this by providing Londoners and people seeking asylum and those with refugee status, the chance to get to know each other better through our meet-ups. We believe that true integration isn't about organising special activities just for refugees, it is about making sure people feel welcome to join in with what is already going on in London. We are a wide network of individuals who spend time together over a coffee, a beer, or shared interests such as film nights or table tennis. You can find out what's on this month by clicking here.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, we run a free advocacy and advice clinic for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to access their rights to welfare benefits and housing, and from 2018 we will be regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to provide immigration advice. You can book an appointment for advocacy or advice here.
Are you interested in meeting new people? Register your interest in our organisation today and we will be in touch.