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


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


The Reality of Life as a Refugee in the North of Ireland
The West Against Racism Network, Refugees Welcome and Housing 4 All are holding a discussion event to look at the reality of life for those who arrive here seeking asylum and how local people can respond with practical support.
Venue: St. Mary’s College, Falls Road, Belfast
Date & Time: Friday 12th August from 1pm
For more details see Life as a Refugee Flyer or contact Sara Boyce on 0771 0953 270.

Teaching English to Absolute Beginners
An opportunity for people teaching English to adult learners who do not have sufficient ability to manage a Beginner (A1) course, to meet, learn about the issues, develop tools to support students and access resources.
Venue: 45 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FN
Date & Time: Monday 15 August, from 6pm to 8.30pm
For more details and to book your place visit the Eventbrite page

Bilingual Support Worker Job opportunity with the North West Migrants Forum
The North West Migrants Forum is seeking to employ an Arabic and English speaking Bilingual Support Worker for its work in the Derry/Londonderry area. Further details are available on the vacancy sheet and applications should be made using the Job Application Form.


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
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

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.


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.


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.


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

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