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 […]

Refugees in Entertainment

Statue of refugee, Freddie Mercury in Switzerland

Reading Time: 3 minutes     Katie McAdam, Sona Circle In 1969 Farrokh Bulsara fled Zanzibar, (modern-day Tanzania) due to the ensuing genocide of Arab and South Asian minorities. With a great songwriting talent and an impressive vocal range, he dreamed of stardom. After joining the band Queen, he changed his name and then changed the history of rock […]

7 Tips to Creating Refugee-Friendly Recruitment Practises

Reading Time: 3 minutes     By Zoe Allen, Sona Circle A diverse and inclusive workplace is an asset to any business. If you have read our previous blog post on the key benefits of hiring refugees, and are now ready to integrate refugees into your workplace, congratulations on making a great business (and humanitarian) decision! Here are our […]

6 Ways to Convince your Employer to Hire Refugees

Reading Time: 2 minutes     By Katy Cottrell, Sona Circle If you feel passionately about workplace equality and the social integration of refugees, addressing a lack of diversity in your own workspace is a great place to start. But having these types of conversations with your employers can be difficult, which is why we have created a list […]

Refugees and Mental Health: The Hidden Pandemic and the Value of Kindness

Reading Time: 3 minutes   By Agnese Pierobon, Sona Circle I remember a couple of weeks after my move to a new country, I was walking around, trying my best not to get lost in a city unknown to me, when out of the blue, I heard a friendly voice. I turned and saw a refugee from the camp […]

Miss Manchester, Miss Yorkshire and an aspiring 2020 Olympic swimmer

Reading Time: 3 minutes   What do the current Miss Manchester 2018/19, Miss Yorkshire 2018/19 and an aspiring 2020 Olympic swimmer have in common? Aside from a future filled with the opportunity of fame and glory, this trio of talented individuals who have already displayed an distinct talent for propelling themselves into the spotlight for their remarkable achievements in […]

Poems by Refugees

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some of our readers and followers on Instagram, have sent in some of their poetry inspired by refugees and their own journeys. The Guilt Trip The infant soul, pelted stonesTo save it’s father from greedy souls.The father lost at zero cost, made the infant weep.The infant wept and blamed itself for not pelting enough.Later, the […]

Business Because

Reading Time: 2 minutes   Social Enterprise: Aston MBA’s New App Helps Refugees Find Jobs According to UN figures, there are 65 million people in the world now officially registered as refugees, living in temporary camps awaiting resettlement. 4.9 million are from Syria. Only 134,000 refugees were resettled in 2015. Millions more live in informal settlements or slums, or […]

ABC News

Reading Time: 3 minutes   For highly skilled refugees, an opportunity to translate language skills into work by Davi Merchan, ABC News LONDON — Ahmed fled Syria knowing he might never return. He understood he would have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, to the life he had worked so hard to build. But he never thought […]