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20 Years of Refugee Support in Suffolk: 1999-2019

Martin Simmonds

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019,
18:00 to 20:00
Location: 
Waterfront Building, Ipswich

Registration from 17:30 with the lecture starting at 18:00

In 1999, numbers of asylum seekers and refugees began arriving in Suffolk, leading a group of concerned local people to set up the charity Suffolk Refugee Support. Twenty years on, Suffolk has given support and protection to people fleeing nearly all the world's major conflicts and situations of human rights abuse of the past two decades, from Kosovo to Syria. This talk will look at some of the people who have made Suffolk their home during this time, how they have been supported, and how they have contributed to their new communities.

Martin Simmonds
Martin is Communications Officer at Suffolk Refugee Support. With a degree in history from the University of Sheffield, he has worked with refugees in Ipswich in a variety of roles for the past 18 years. He has recently updated SRS' booklet of local refugee stories, which will be available for free on the evening. He also works as a freelance journalist, proofreader and copy editor.

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