We want a future where refugees
are welcomed with open arms

We want a future where refugees are welcomed in the UK and supported to rebuild their lives. You can help make that happen with a gift in your Will.

When you leave a gift in your Will, you’re helping to make sure Refugee Action is there to give tomorrow’s refugees a warm welcome. When people seek safety here, we treat them humanity and respect.

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Message from our Chief Executive Stephen Hale

With the help of supporters who share our values, we have helped refugees to claim asylum, get the rights and benefits they’re entitled to, access English lessons and integrate with their new communities. We don’t know what will force people to seek safety here in years to come, but by planning ahead we can ensure they are met with compassion and treated with fairness. A gift in your Will enables us to do so. Thank you.

"It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that after your death you will still be giving someone else the chance to experience the freedoms you’ve had."
 - Refugee Action pledger

Elsa and her family fled war

“I was a frightened and bewildered eight-year-old when my family fled to England. Our lives had been torn apart by the Kosovan war. When I stepped off the plane in Manchester, I had no home to go to, I couldn’t speak a word of English and I knew nobody. But we were not alone.

“The kind people from Refugee Action welcomed us so warmly. There was a private room for us to go to with phones, so we could tell our relatives we were safe. I remember the table piled high with food and the play area for us children.”

Read Elsa's full letter

We’ve been welcoming refugees since 1981…

1981

Refugee Action is founded in response to the refugees fleeing Vietnam.

1992

Bosnian refugees coming to England are welcomed and given support.

1999

We help refugees from the war in Kosovo to find safety and settle here.

2004

The Gateway programme begins resettling refugees from across the world.

2007

Our Liverpool team launches an advice service for people seeking asylum.

2016

The new Good Practice team works nationally to improve immigration advice.

2018

We launch and lead Lift The Ban, a campaign to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

With your help we can continue to welcome refugees. A gift in your Will is one of the most effective ways to ensure that we're there to support them in the future.