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 2015


The April prayer sheet is available to view and download here. This month Aneta Dabek considers the contribution of carers, and their needs, drawing attention to carers who feel increased isolation due to being from other countries. Please use this sheet to guide your prayers.
Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here.


‘Inclusive Church’ Conference
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April 2015
Venue: Wellington Park Hotel, 21 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RU
Details: EMBRACE and the Irish Churches’ Peace Project are holding a residential conference which will look at how churches can be more welcoming to people from different cultural and language backgrounds. A flier with more details including the programme for the event is available here. There are options to attend over the two days or for the Saturday only, see details here.

EMBRACE 2015 AGM & Spring Meeting
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Thursday, 14th May
Time: AGM from 6.30pm – 7pm, Spring Meeting from 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast
Details: The AGM will provide an overview of the last year’s activities, including the presentation of the history and review of the first 10 years of the charity, 10 Years On: A History and Evaluation of EMBRACE. The theme of the Spring Meeting is Young Voices: The Future is Now, exploring diversity and youth from a youth perspective. The EMBRACE DVD Our Voice with reflections of young people as they settle in Northern Ireland will be launched. Refreshments will be served and all are most welcome. An invitation with more details is available here.

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 EMBRACE Development Worker, Aneta Dabek for more information on 077313 78037 or email aneta@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.  A list of classes is available 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

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

Building a Welcoming Community News sheet 30
The Winter 2014/15 news sheet carries information about recently published research, and other publications which inform about migration locally, initiatives and comment from concerned groups and church leaders and EMBRACE activities.


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 Revised Spring 2015
Migration and Us Revised Spring 2015
Refugee Issues Revised Autumn 2014
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

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.





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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


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