Cambridge will come together to celebrate the contributions that refugees make to British society during this year’s Refugee Week, 20-26 June. Refugee Week is a yearly initiative celebrated around World Refugee Day, which this year is going to be held on 20 June. The programme includes film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions and theatre plays and is organized by several Cambridge-based organizations refugee campaigns and the City Council. In an emergency appeal, Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group is collecting donations to rebuild parts of the refugee camp in Calais, which were recently destroyed by a fire.
Oscar Gillespie, councillor for Market Ward and member of the Cambridge City of Sanctuary steering group says: “Refugee Week has always been about showing how refugees enrich society in the UK. Telling their stories will be in the focus of this year’s celebrations. The response of the citizens of Cambridge to the current refugee crisis has been amazing, and we are proud to showcase Cambridge as a place of sanctuary and welcome for those fleeing war and persecution.”