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Sunday, 19 June 2016 marks the launch of this year’s Refugee Week festivities in the UK at the Southbank Centre, London. As a partner of Refugee Week, IOM will be joining the celebration the Portraits of Welcome project, a participatory arts project creating visual messages of welcome for refugees. Portraits of Welcome will also be part of the Refugee Week special event at the British Museum on Friday, 24 June 2016.

In addition to many other exciting and free activities at the Southbank Refugees Welcome Marketplace and the British Museum special Friday Late event, IOM invites attendees to come to our storybooth and respond to theme questions about welcoming refugees and have their portrait professionally taken. These portraits and stories will then be hung as a growing exhibition at the event. Most importantly, portraits will also be displayed in the cultural orientation sessions refugees attend prior to their arrival in the UK, preparing them for life in their new communities. These portraits give an opportunity to convey your individual message of welcome to refugee families, giving them a better sense of what (and who) awaits them in the UK.

Please join us and share your message of welcome!