How Family Reunion Policy Affects People in Wales

Current family reunion rules place huge barriers on which family members of refugees settled in the UK are allowed to reunite within the UK. For many families who have already experienced untold horrors, this enforced separation is heartbreaking and significantly adds to suffering. On Friday 16th March 2018,  MPs will vote on the Family Reunion Bill that would make vital changes needed to allow more refugee families, torn apart by war and persecution, to be reunited in safety in the UK.

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Welcome to the Welsh Refugee Council's Strategic Plan for 2018 -2020.

The plan sets out our vision and mission and how we will be supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Wales for the three-year term. 

Download a copy below.



Woman to Woman - International Women's Day 2018 event

Woman to Woman – An event to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 08th, 2018


Response to the National Assembly of Wales inquiry into Rough Sleeping in Wales

We Have Moved

Swansea's New Office 

From Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the new address for the Welsh Refugee Council's Swansea Office is:


Telephone: 01792 630181   


Newport's New Office 

From March 06th, 2018, the new address for the Welsh Refugee Council's Swansea Office is 

66 Lower Dock Street, Newport, NP20 1EF

Telephone: 01633 266420

 Please be guided accordingly.



Higher Education and Voluntary Sector Collaboration For ESOL Provision

Read the Welsh Refugee Council's insert, Higher Education and Voluntary Sector collaboration for ESOL Provision on page 32.

The essay provides insights into the way educational organisations are uniquely placed to enact a crucial role in the cultural and linguistic integration of forced migrants in the United Kingdom. “If you could do one thing…” is a series of essays about local actions to promote social integration developed by the British Academy for humanities and social science that examines successful integration projects in the UK.

Hate Crime - Learn How to Report it!

Learn about Hate Crime and What you can Do about it 

The Hate Crime Awareness Programme is a Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Funded project to help raise awareness about hate crimes and incidents with asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in the Gwent area.

Asylum Rights Programme - ARP

Find the Right Service For You

Services in Cardiff for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Are you new to Cardiff? Would you like to know where you can find the services you need to help you navigate your journey in Wales?  Then download a copy of the service directory with information on where to go to do your biometric enrollment or where to get access to public services.



An Award for our ESOL Classes

Welsh Refugee Council Inspire Award for Community Project of the Year

The Welsh Refugee Council's is the proud recipient of the Inspire Award for Community Project of the Year 2016.

Seven Steps to Sanctuary: Welsh Refugee Coalition Manifesto

Making Wales a Welcoming and Prosperous Nation: Influencing the National Assembly for Wales Elections 2016. Read the Manifesto below 

Seven Steps to Sanctuary: Welsh Refugee Coalition Manifesto

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.


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