Regardless of where they are born, people can contribute to making our communities better places for us to live and call home. To mark Refugee Week 2021, we celebrate the strength and resilience of refugees by telling their stories of hardships overcome, lives rebuilt and dreams fulfilled. Under the UK Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, over 20,000 refugees escaping the conflict in Syria have been resettled since September 2015. Among those supported by IOM UK under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, Alaa Alibrahim, Samer Alhaffar and Nisrin Kakhy, all of whom arrived in the UK in 2016. Years later, they are thriving as Middlesex University students and in their fields of work.