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.


Prayer 

Among those fleeing war and persecution are unaccompanied children. The UK government has recently agreed to provide sanctuary for some Syrian refugee children who have travelled to Europe and has been resettling a number of children directly from refugee camps in countries neighbouring Syria. The prayer sheet for the summer months provides a Biblical perspective for the care of unaccompanied refugee children and encourages prayer for them and those most directly involved in their welfare. Download the prayer letter here.
Please use the prayer letter to inform your prayers.
Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here


UPCOMING EVENTS JULY 2016

Opportunities to improve English language ability during the summer
Belfast Metropolitan College is running a number of ESOL courses for different levels of ability in July and August. For details see www.belfastmet.ac.uk/SummerCourses/

International House is running a CELTA course from Monday 4th July, offering 10 hours of afternoon classes spread over a week for a fee of £10 (free to people seeking asylum and refugees). Classes are taught by trainee teachers and students must do a level test in advance (Thursday 30th June at 3pm). For more information see flyer.

The Meeting Point 133 is running an English Summer School for people with intermediate and above language ability. Classes are free and run weekly from Wednesday 6th July 2016 from 7-9pm. For more details see www.facebook.com/Themeetingpoint133/.


RESPONDING TO THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

To help provide information on the Syrian refugees coming to Northern Ireland within the context of the broader scope of asylum locally EMBRACE has prepared Refugees in Northern Ireland: some basic facts. Hard copies of this booklet are available free on request from our office.

For background information and the latest details on refugees being brought to Northern Ireland through the government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme see our Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland page.


Building understanding in Churches

lampost3If 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 our office for more information on 028 9066 3145 or email info@embraceni.org.
A list of what EMBRACE can offer church groups is available to view here.


English Classes

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There are many opportunities to improve English language ability with classes run in most towns across Northern Ireland, for details of classes and when they are run see our list here and on our English Language Classes page. If you know of any other classes which are not listed, or know of any changes to the information given, please send the details to Aneta aneta@embraceni.org.

For EMBRACE resources to support learning English see our toolkit.


New Resources 

For all EMBRACE resources visit our resources page

EMBRACE News sheet 32 Autumn 2015
Our latest news sheet is focused on the current Syrian Refugee crisis and the reception of Syrian refugees locally.

Who’s Who? Who’s Here? 2015
A leaflet providing an overview of migration locally. Hard copies are available on request from our office.

EMBRACE Hear My Voice DVD


The EMBRACE Hear My Voice 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 Revised Spring 2015
Migration and Us Revised Spring 2015
Refugees in Northern Ireland Summer 2016
Responding to Racism Revised Spring 2015
Roma People Revised February 2014
The Polish Community Summer 2013
Attitudes Towards People of African Descent Autumn 2014
Opinions on Immigration in Northern Ireland Revised Spring 2015
Interfaith Relationships Autumn 2015
Syrian Refugees Summer 2016

Racial Equality Strategy Response

You can read the consultation response from EMBRACE to A Sense of Belonging: Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014–24 prepared by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister here.


BUILDING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY

I was a stranger…

strangerNorthern 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 

welcomeEMBRACE 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.

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‘I was a stranger and you made me welcome’
Matthew 25:35

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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.