Supporting refugees in the North East: launch of ANEW

Refugees welcome

A group of volunteers in the North East are working to support and resettle refugee families who find a home in our region.

The ANEW team (that’s Amnesty North East Welcomes) must raise funds, find suitable accommodation and work for at least one year – if not two – on integrating the new arrivals into life here in the North.

ANEW coordinator, Hellen Jowett says:

“They say it takes a village to raise a child, but they never mentioned anything about registering with doctors, arranging language classes and finding the quickest bus routes in an unfamiliar city!”

The ANEW team has committed to resettling refugee families by working in close partnership with both established and emerging Community Sponsorship groups in the region.

The team is made up of individuals and members of Amnesty International in the Tyneside, Wearside and Hexham areas.

The new Community Sponsorship team springs from the Amnesty International bookshop on Westgate Road in Newcastle’s City Centre and from the local groups who met there regularly before moving online during the lockdowns.

A recent Amnesty survey* revealed that 83% of the UK population were prepared to accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home: despite current anti-immigrant rhetoric, the UK scored 2nd-highest in Europe for hospitality towards refugees, second only to Germany at 84%. 

About Amnesty International

Starting off in 1961 with its mission to protect and promote Human Rights, the organisation now numbers more than 7 million members worldwide and campaigns to put pressure on governments to comply with international law and standards.

About the ANEW launch

The launch will be held via Zoom 18:00-19:30 on Thursday 28 October 2021. More information is available at the event page here. The launch will include videos and further information about how to help, as well as wonderful speakers from Amnesty Wearside and RESET.

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