Welsh Refugee Council

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Coordinates: 51°29′33″N 3°08′50″W / 51.492441°N 3.147165°W / 51.492441; -3.147165

Welsh Refugee Council
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Founded 1990
Type Refugee Aid Organisation
Registration no. 1102449
Coordinates 51.492N, 3.147W
Origins Setup in response to increasing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff.
Area served
Product advice services, social policy, campaigning, research, lobbying
Key people
Aled Eirug
Mike Lewis
(Chief Executive)
£1.296 million (2011-2012)
Approx. 32
Approx. 60
Mission The Welsh Refugee Council empowers refugees and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives in Wales.
Website http://www.welshrefugeecouncil.org.uk

The Welsh Refugee Council is a sister organisation to the Refugee Council and Scottish Refugee Council, and works to help asylum seekers and refugees in Wales.[1]

Funding cuts[edit]

In January 2011, the UK Border Agency announced funding cuts for the Welsh Refugee Council, along with other refugee agencies across the country.[2] It is thought that the One Stop Service, which provides advice to asylum seekers and refugees in Wales could face cuts of 62%.[3] Whilst, the Welsh Refugee Council welcomes the decision by the UK Minister of Immigration, Damien Green, to extend funding until early 2013, it remains anxious over the potential impact of spending cuts on the services it offers vulnerable people in urgent need of aid and assistance.[4]

In its response to planned cutbacks, the Welsh Refugee Council issued a joint statement with its counterparts in England and Scotland:

"Savage cuts to the refugee charity sector will force people who have already fled torture, conflict and persecution in their own countries to suffer even further while seeking safety in the UK."[3]


  1. ^ "Welsh Refugee Council: Child asylum seekers at 'great risk'". BBC News. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wales Strategic Migration Partnership e-bulletin issue April 2011" (PDF). www.wsmp.org.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Funding cuts hit Welsh Refugee Council". Welsh Refugee Council. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Migrant crisis: Wales' refugee response too narrow, says charity". BBC News. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.