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May meets remarkable refugees to celebrate World Refugee Day

Home Secretary Theresa May today marked World Refugee Day by meeting and hearing about the remarkable lives of five people given sanctuary in the UK after fleeing war and persecution in their home countries.

To mark the start of Refugee Week, which begins today, the Home Secretary invited the refugees to have tea with her at the Home Office in central London.

"The UK has a proud and enduring tradition of helping those in genuine need of our protection and giving them support to build new lives in this country,” Ms. May said. "It has been a privilege to meet these inspiring individuals and hear about the contribution they make to life in the UK. Refugees like those I have met today have played a vital part in shaping Britain in the last sixty years."
 

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British Red Cross: Look beyond the label for Refugee Week

To celebrate this year’s Refugee Week (June 20th -26th), the British Red Cross is urging people to ‘Look Beyond the Label’ and find out more about the positive contributions refugees are making to life in the UK.

For its ‘Look Beyond the Label’ campaign, the Red Cross is tackling preconceptions head on and exposing the all-too-popular myths surrounding people who come to the UK seeking refuge from persecution.
 

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Enter the 100 Images of Migration Competition

The Migration Museum Project in conjunction with the Guardian newspaper, is running a "100 Images of Migration" competition. The Africa News fully endorses this initiative.

The definition of “migration” is as broad as possible – your picture may be something you or a family member brought to the UK, an image from a migration journey; or it might be something completely public – from border agency buildings to, say, bank notes printed on Huguenot Portal family paper. Your images can be historic or contemporary; the migration they evoke can be voluntary or forced.
 

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Angelina Jolie leaves her fingerprints in Lampedusa

Angelina Jolie joined the United Nations High Commissioner António Guterres on a surprise visit to Lampedusa on the eve of the International Day for Refugees.

Together they visited the First Refuge centre of Imbriacola with its 130 refugees, then the former military base of Loran with its 265 unaccompanied minors. Finally, they stopped at the 'Door of Europe', the monument dedicated to migrants.
 

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80% of world's refugees in developing countries - UNHCR

There is a deep imbalance in international support for the world's forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world's refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialized ones, a new report by UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has revealed.

UNHCR's 2010 Global Trends report shows that many of the world's poorest countries are hosting huge refugee populations, both in absolute terms and in relation to the size of their economies. Pakistan, Iran and Syria have the largest refugee populations at 1.9 million, 1.1 million and 1 million respectively.

Pakistan also has the biggest economic impact with 710 refugees for each US dollar of its per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product), followed by Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya with 475 and 247 refugees respectively. By comparison, Germany, the industrialized country with the largest refugee population (594,000 people), has 17 refugees for each dollar of per capita GDP.
 

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