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


EMBRACE is a group of Christians working together to promote positive responses to people seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority ethnic backgrounds in Northern Ireland.


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. 

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. 

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. 


Advice, Information and Support


Latest News

EMBRACE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

We are not able to meet together in person for our Annual General Meeting this year, due to the pandemic restrictions. So the AGM will take place online instead, via a Zoom video conference. The date of the AGM is 29th September, at lunchtime, from 1pm – 2pm.

If you would like to attend, please email info@embraceni.org as soon as possible to confirm your attendance. Confirmed attendees will receive log in details and joining instructions prior to the meeting. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th!

English Classes

In the past EMBRACE listed English language classes on this site. We are delighted that there is now a dedicated ESOLNI multilingual regional website for people looking for a suitable course. Click here for additional information and a list of courses. It is important that church classes are on the new site. So please get in touch with regional co-ordinator, Ligia Parizzi, (LParizzi@belfastmet.ac.uk) to set up a member profile

Response to Covid Crisis

EMBRACE has been working in partnership with other groups to respond to the Covid crisis. £30,000 given by the Community Foundation for NI and Belfast City Council has been allocated by EMBRACE to partner organisations working on the ground to deliver services to those in need. These groups include South Belfast Foodbank, NICRAS, South Belfast Roundtable, Homeplus, Storehouse and other Refugee Asylum Forum members. Over 160 parcels are being distributed each week to asylum seeking families in Belfast, nearly 2000 food parcels and baby essentials have been delivered so far. Find out more here.

Volunteers at The Storehouse in Belfast pack food parcels to be distributed to Asylum seeking families

EU Settlement Scheme

The UK’s decision to leave the EU means all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in Northern Ireland must now apply for ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status in order to protect their right to continue to live and work in the UK. The deadline for applying is June 30, 2021. Click here for more information and where to access advice. (Click here for pdf version).


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.