Refugee Council

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The Refugee Council originated from two independent organisations, British Council for Aid to Refugees (BCAR) and the Standing Conference on Refugees (SCOR), which were both founded in 1951 following the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. In 1981 these two organisations merged to form the British Refugee Council which was later renamed the Refugee Council due to the establishment of various other regional refugee councils.

Founded in 1983 "The Refugee Council is the leading charity in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. We not only give direct help and support, but also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed." [1]

"Our patrons are Emma Thompson, actress, writer, director, comedienne and campaigner, author Hari Kunzru and Lord Bill Morris, former leader of the Transport and General Workers Union." [2]


Accessed October 2012: [3]



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  1. Refugee Council About, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2012.
  2. Refugee Council Patrons, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2012.
  3. Refugee Council Board, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2012.