How can Refugees and Asylum Seekers Learn English in the UK?

Reading Time: 4 minutes     by Zoe Allen, Sona Circle One of the most common questions refugees and people seeking asylum have when they settle in the UK is… ‘How can I improve my English language skills?’ You may have some proficiency in English and want to improve, or you may have no knowledge of English at all. […]

5 Great Initiatives Supporting Refugee Integration in the UK

Refugee Intergration

Reading Time: 3 minutes     by Katie McAdam, Sona Circle Settling into a new country can be very daunting for many refugees. Language barriers, new cultures and lack of social connections make integration a difficult process. Integration is vital not only for improving local community relationships but also for reducing the problem of social isolation among refugees. Those […]

Germany’s Progressive Approach to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Reading Time: 3 minutes     by David Cregan, Sona Circle To understand Germany’s current policy on refugees and asylum seekers, you need to revisit the post Second World War period, 1945-1960. This 15 year period transformed a destroyed West Germany into its current economic powerhouse that we know today. There was a significant movement of refugees back to […]

4 Ways to Support the Refugee Crisis in Yemen

Reading Time: 3 minutes     by Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle   The situation in Yemen has been described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with various threats to the safety, security and well-being of the population hitting Yemen all at once. Firstly, a five-year long war has caused the deaths of over 12,000 civilians and extensive damage to […]

The Perilous Journey Refugees Face

Reading Time: 4 minutes     Chiara Fabbro (@chi.fabb), Sona Circle Contributor Imagine for a moment… It is night, pitch black, although by now your eyes have gotten used to the darkness. You’re in the middle of the sea, on a rubber dinghy, and around you a large expanse of water. You’re driving the dinghy. You have no experience […]

Refugees Impact on the Tech Industry

Reading Time: 3 minutes   by Katie McAdam, Sona Circle In the 21st century, technology is present in all facets of our lives. The tech industry has become one of the most lucrative sectors in our economy and is home to some of the world’s most successful firms. From Silicon Valley to bedroom studios, refugees have and continue to […]

Are Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Allowed to Work in the UK?

Reading Time: 3 minutes     by Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle The terms ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ are often confused by many people and have incorrectly been used interchangeably. Though to many people, these terms may seem like they mean the same thing, there are important distinctions between refugees and asylum seekers which have implications for their legal right […]

Six Apps that Support Refugees in the UK

Reading Time: 2 minutes     by Zoe Allen, Sona Circle In the technological age, mobile apps have become an adaptable and efficient way to share information, create communities and connections, and support refugees. We’ve put together a list of six great apps that support refugees, both directly and indirectly, in the UK. Most of these apps can also […]

The Story of Tendol Gyalzur, the ‘Mother of Tibet’

Reading Time: 3 minutes     by Aanya Bhandari, Sona Circle Orphaned at the age of eight, during the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising, Tendol fled to India then immigrated to Germany where she became a nurse, and later helped the Chinese government to aid needy children in her homeland.  Tendol Gyalzur was born in Shigatse, located within the historical […]

Global Connectivity and Today’s Refugees

Reading Time: 3 minutes     by Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle In the past, refugees have often been perceived as isolated individuals, struggling to become fully integrated and to understand the culture of their host country. Although refugees still face various barriers to integration, globalisation and developments in technology have given refugees more agency to integrate themselves into new […]