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 April 2014
EMBRACE Spring Meeting and AGM   ‘Migration: It’s about Europe, it’s about you’
2014 invitation birds 2 plus titlesDate: Thursday 15th May
Venue: Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast
The 2014 EMBRACE Spring Meeting and AGM will be held on the evening of Thursday 15th May. The programme for the evening includes a meal, the Annual General Meeting and our Spring Meeting:
Meal: at 6pm a hot dish will be served. All are welcome to share in this time of food and fellowship. For catering purposes please let us know by 8th May if you intend to join us for the meal and if you have any particular dietary requirements. Contactinfo@embraceni.org or call the EMBRACE office on 028 9066 3145
AGM, 7pm to 7.30pm EMBRACE members and interested parties are warmly invited to a short AGM to learn of EMBRACE activities over the past year and vote in a committee for 2014-2015.
Spring Meeting, 7.30pm to 9pm. Our guest speaker is Dr Torsten Moritz, Executive Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME). Dr Moritz will share something of the emerging issues relating to migration in Europe and some of the experiences and good practice of local churches as they respond to the issues and welcome newcomers. All are most welcome to attend.


The April Prayer sheet is available to view and download here. This month the sheet encourages us to examine ourselves for attitudes of racism, and as Christians to challenge racism around us and model welcome which is free from prejudice.
Please use this resource to inform your prayers. Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here.


Gospel of Welcome
welcome cups of teaA two seminar series as part of the Belfast Bible College School of Missions
Dates: Fridays, 11th April and 2nd May
Time: 10am to 1pm, (both dates)
Venue: Belfast Bible College, Glenburn House, Glenburn Road South, Dunmurry, BT17 9JP
Friday 11th April: Refugees and People Seeking Asylum
This seminar will provide an overview of the local situation including the number of people who come here to seek sanctuary and the countries they come from. There will be first-hand accounts from those who have sought a safe place in Northern Ireland and consideration of what a Biblical response from Christians might mean in practice.

Friday 2nd May: Stories of Migration
This seminar will consider migration in Northern Ireland. It will provide information on why people come here and the opportunity to discuss what the Church’s role and response might be to newcomers from other countries.

The seminars are free. For more information or to register contact Aneta on 07731378037 or email aneta@embraceni.org.

A Cultural Experience
1 welcome word artDate: Saturday, 26th April
Venue: Millers II Suite, Canal Court Hotel, Newry BT35 8HF
Details: EMBRACE and the Irish Churches Peace Project invite you to a morning of music, table quizzes, stories and dance which help long-time residents and newcomers understand the many cultures of those who live in Newry. The event runs from 10.30am to 1pm at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry and will be followed by lunch. The event is free and suitable for the whole family. Registration is not required. For more details contact Aneta on 0773 137 8037 or email aneta@embraceni.org

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 News sheet 27 
The latest edition of our news sheet 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 Spring 2013
Responding to Racism Revised Spring 2013
Roma People Revised February 2014
The Polish Community Summer 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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