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'Welcome to Sheffield'

Welcome to Sheffield: Reflections on 8 years experience of receiving resettled refugees at the local level

ICMC Europe and the UK city of Sheffield are delighted to announce the publication of ‘Welcome to Sheffield: Reflections on 8 years experience of receiving resettled refugees at the local level’.

In 2004, Sheffield became the first UK city to receive resettled refugees.  Since then, 640 refugees – from Liberia, Congo, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq and Somalia – have found safety, security and a new home in the city. ‘Welcome to Sheffield’ describes how strong local partnerships - between the city, its NGO and civil society partners and Sheffield citizens - have contributed to the ongoing success and growth of the Sheffield resettlement programme. 

‘Welcome to Sheffield’ also profiles resettlement in the UK Yorkshire and Humber region in which Sheffield is located, including via contributions from resettled refugees themselves, and provides top tips for ‘doing’ resettlement at the local level in areas including planning, arrival and reception, support for integration and working with local media.  It includes case studies and personal reflections from refugees resettled to the UK, including those from Congo, Iraq, Burma and Somalia.

If your city or town is thinking about receiving resettled refugees in the future, if there is a national resettlement programme established in your country, or if your country is considering establishing a programme in the near future, then this publication is for you! 

Although resettlement programmes are decided upon at national level, it is at the local level that the reception and integration of resettled refugees takes place.  Whilst towns and cities must develop local resettlement programmes that suit their specific local contexts and priorities, ‘Welcome to Sheffield’ provides an opportunity to learn about the approaches that have made a local resettlement programme a successful, long-term reality in one city. 

The publication of ‘Welcome to Sheffield’ marks the launch of ICMC Europe’s ‘Cities that Care, Cities that SHARE – the SHARE Project’, an 18-month programme to build a resettlement network of European municipalities, cities and regions.  The SHARE network will acknowledge the many and varied contexts for resettlement in Europe – regions, big cities and smaller towns and municipalities – and develop the tools and expertise that all can use to establish, continue and expand high quality reception and integration for resettled refugees at the local level.

You can download the Welcome to Sheffield publication here. To purchase hard copies of the publication (EUR 3.75 each plus postage and packing), please contact Magdalena Boehm (ICMC Europe) at boehm@icmc.net.

For more information about the SHARE project, download a summary of the project’s activities or contact Magdalena Boehm, Programme officer at ICMC Europe at boehm@icmc.net.