This site supports the work of EMBRACE in building a welcoming community by providing background information, details of EVENTS and ideas for response. Please browse through the pages and if you require further information, CONTACT US.


LATEST November 2014


The November prayer sheet is available to view and download here. This month the sheet reflects on the challenge of communicating in English for newcomers who do not speak English as their first language. Please use this resource to inform your prayers.
Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here.


Meet Your Neighbour
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Thursday, 20th November 2014
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Minor hall, St Macartin’s Cathedral, Halls Lane, Enniskillen, BT74 7DR
EMBRACE, the Irish Churches’ Peace Project and the Ulster Project Enniskillen invite you to hear the first-hand accounts of people who have recently arrived as migrants to Northern Ireland. This evening of story sharing is free and prebooking is not required. Refreshments will be served. For further information contact Aneta Dabek on 07731378037 or email aneta@embraceni.org 

And You Welcomed Me
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Date: Monday 24th November 2014
Time: registration from 6.30pm, workshops 7 -9pm
Venue: Gortalowry House, Cookstown, BT80 8HX
Details: An evening of discussion on how local churches and church groups can encourage and build relationships with people from other countries and backgrounds. The workshops will look at issues relating to migration in a rural context. The event is free but must be booked in advance. For more information or to book, contact Aneta on 0773 137 8037 or email aneta@embraceni.org. A flier is available here

Building understanding in Churches
If your church is interested in learning more about migrant people and ways in which the local church can build relationships, EMBRACE can offer talks, workshops and migration awareness training. Please contact EMBRACE Development Worker, Aneta Dabek for more information on 077313 78037 or email aneta@embraceni.orgA list of what EMBRACE can offer church groups is available to view here.

English Classes

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English language classes offered in greater Belfast, Bangor and Newry are listed on our English Language Classes page. If you know of any other classes which are not listed please send the details to Aneta  aneta@embraceni.org.

For EMBRACE resources to support learning English see our toolkit.

New Resources

For all EMBRACE NI resources visit our resources page

Building A Welcoming Community
EMBRACE Newsletter 29
The Autumn Newsletter is available to download here and in hard copy on request from our office.
Embracing Diversity
EMBRACE Information Update 2014
The 2014 edition of Information Update, Embracing Diversity, is available to view and download here. Hard copies are available on request from our office.


The new EMBRACE Hear My Voice DVD was launched on 16th January as part of the Belfast 4 Corners Festival, in an evening of story-telling at Clonard Monastery. The DVD is a collection of personal reflections of migrant people and people seeking asylum as they settle in Northern Ireland, and includes some of the challenges and some thoughts about what the local church has done to help. The DVD can be viewed here, or a hard disc copy is available free on request from our office.

Information Sheets

EMBRACE has prepared a series of information sheets on aspects of migration
Opening our Eyes to the Reality of Human Trafficking
Migration and Us Revised Spring 2013
Refugee Issues Revised Autumn 2014
Responding to Racism Revised Summer 2014
Roma People Revised February 2014
The Polish Community Summer 2013
Opinions on Immigration in Northern Ireland Winter 2013



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Northern Ireland is becoming richer in its diversity of culture and ethnicity as it becomes home to an increasing number of people from other countries. Some come seeking asylum, others to fill job vacancies or to study in our universities and colleges. There are also people from minority ethnic backgrounds who have always lived here. The needs of each are as individual as the experiences each person brings, but common to all is the desire to be safe and to know the acceptance of the local community.

and you made me welcome

EMBRACE seeks to equip the church to fulfil its call to welcome our new neighbours, by providing information, training, materials and channels for practical help. In doing this we seek to build a community which welcomes and respects diversity. See About Us for a fuller description of our activities.

On this site you will find information relating to the situation for people seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from resident minority ethnic backgrounds within Northern Ireland. There are also links to related sites. Please use our Contact Us link for further information or to comment on this site.

‘I was a stranger and you made me welcome’

Matthew 25:35


We have taken reasonable measures to check the accuracy of the information on this site and trust that it is useful. However, it is intended as a general summary of information and should not take the place of written law or regulations.

The inclusion of links to organisations in any section is not an endorsement of these groups. We cannot take responsibility for information contained on other websites.

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