Refugees from 7 decades mark the 70th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention which took place on 28 July 2021 Left to right standing: Linh Vu (arrived 1979) Bharat Gheewala (arrived 1964) Paul Lorber (arrived 1968) Baraa Halabieh (arrived 2016) Darius Nasimi (arrived 1999) Abu-Zayd Abdulrahman (arrived 2004) Karim Shirin (arrived 1994) Remzije Duli (arrived 1991) Mukund Nathwani (arrived 1972) Ibrahim Dogus (arrived 1991) Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi (arrived 1999) Tom Leimdorfer (arrived 1956) Aloysius Ssali (arrived 2005) Tesfai Berhane Sebhat (arrived 1981) Left to right sitting Gillian Slovo (arrived 1964) Dr Saad Maida (arrived 2010) George Szirtes (arrived 1956) Hong Dam (arrived 1980)

70 years on: the Refugee Convention

Last week we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. It’s the only global legal mechanism for protecting refugee rights and has saved countless lives since its creation.

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Fighting for our right to education

When I arrived in the UK, I was confused about how to start my academic life – until I found the STAR website, which was the first key to my higher education.

Fifteen people stand outside smiling, they are a combination of Birkbeck students and staff from the STAR team or Birkbeck university

Join the movement: Refugee Week 2021

This year’s Refugee Week was a busy one for STAR, with STAR groups holding events up and down the country, from yoga classes and a treasure trail to a parliamentary workshop and an exhibition.

'We Cannot Walk Alone' with Maya Ghazal, Pilot & UNHCR goodwill ambassador, pictured for Refugee Week 14 - 20 June 2021.

#WeCannotWalkAlone: Your guide to Refugee Week 2021

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Read about the events and activities taking place here.

Five panellists pictured, Emily Crowley from STAR, Jon Featonby from the Red Cross, Sophie Morbey from Oxfam, Walter from the voices Network and Alexa Netty from SolidariTee

The New Plan for Immigration: the road ahead

In case you missed it, in March the government proposed a series of unfair changes to the UK’s asylum system entitled the New Plan for Immigration. Read more here.

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