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


The October prayer letter reminds us of the importance of prayer in our lives and activities. We are empowered through prayer and strengthened when fatigue sets in. Prayer recognises our dependency on God and his ability to transform lives and situations. Download the prayer letter here.
Please use the prayer letter to inform your prayers.
Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here


ESOL Workshops for teachers and Volunteers     19th October
This is a workshop for ESOL teachers, specifically for those teaching zero beginners classes. It will be held from 5pm (registration) in South Eastern Regional College, Lisburn Campus, Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4SU Programme: Workshop One, 5.30pm – Reading from Zero | Workshop Two, 6pm – Recycling + Pronunciation | Workshop Three, 6.30pm – Zero Beginners at NW Academy of English | Workshop Four, 7pm – BURC, Hands On Activities, Prizes and Attendance Certificates  For more details or to book a place visit

New English Language Class in East Belfast       From 19th October
Beersbridge Elim will host a 5 week, free, informal English language class on Tuesday evenings. Classes run from 7pm to 9pm, 19th October to 16th November.
Address: Beersbridge Elim Church, 1a Abetta Parade, Belfast BT5 5EH
Contact: email – or tel – (028) 9045 6689
Please contact in advance to indicate how many will attend
The classes will be taken by Milad Korkis who is fluent in Arabic and English

Places of Sanctuary Ireland Networking Conference         12th November
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is a movement of cities, towns, villages, schools, universities, faith, arts and sports groups and others across the island of Ireland, united in the vision to build a culture of welcome for refugees and migrants and celebrate their contribution to society. The movement is committed to welcome and inclusion in our communities through practical, volunteer-driven grassroots initiatives. This conference seeks to inspire, envision and equip people to make sanctuary a reality for their area of life, study or work.
The conference is free and runs from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 12th November. It will be held in Dublin Central Mission, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
For more details and to book visit


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.

If you would like to provide practical assistance, please see a list of suggested means of support.  

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 our office,

For EMBRACE resources to support learning English see our toolkit.

New Resources 

For all EMBRACE resources visit our resources page

EMBRACE News Sheet 33 Autumn 2016
Our latest news sheet includes information on the refugee sponsorship scheme currently being piloted in England and an update on Syrian resettlement programme refugees in Northern Ireland.

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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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.