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Raising Awareness

SolidariTee x Laugh4Change Comedy Fundraiser - Durham 2019

We invest in students so that they can invest in the future. SolidariTee seeks to inspire the next generation of policymakers and advocates in the refugee crisis, either through educational talks and workshops, or by keeping the conversation alive through events and fundraisers. You can read more about our awareness-raising activities below, or explore our infographics and mythbusters on 'Get The Facts'.

Mythbusters and Infographics

As media coverage of the refugee crisis dwindles, we fight to keep it alive and accurate. Two of our most popular social media campaigns debunk popular myths surrounding the crisis, and inform our followers of events taking place on the ground in an accessible way. 

UEA Dance for SolidariTee
UEA Dance for SolidariTee

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Bondi Beach Stall
Bondi Beach Stall

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Laugh 4 Change
Laugh 4 Change

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UEA Dance for SolidariTee
UEA Dance for SolidariTee

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SolidariTee is a well-loved name on campus. Since 2017, we've been setting up events all over the world to spread the word and fundraise for our cause. These include, to name a few: club nights across Europe; panel discussions in London; pub quizzes in Amman; pottery evenings in Madrid; theatre company collaborations at the Edinburgh Fringe; and comedy nights in Durham and Bristol in partnership with Laugh 4 Change. We’ve partnered with student balls and with university fashion shows, and are always open to new ideas!

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Oppidan Camp
Oppidan Camp

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University of Law Talk
University of Law Talk

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Oppidan Camp
Oppidan Camp

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Talks and Workshops

The refugee crisis teaches courage, cultural integration and empathy. In 2019, we ran 11 workshops (UK and Switzerland) for secondary-school students on the journey of a refugee, and ways in which young people can help. We've also set up talks and panel discussions for university students, with legal advocates straight from the field giving their insights on the crisis.



Ezadeen incident sees 450 Syrian refugees abandoned in Mediterranean


European Council agree to relocate 40,000 refugees from Italy and Greece to other EU Member States and to take 20,000 refugees from outside the EU.

August 22nd

In one day only, 4,400 migrants are rescued off the coast of Libya

August 31st

Angela Merkel's 'Wir schaffen das' - there will be no limits on the number of asylum seekers taken in by Germany

September 13th 

Germany introduces temporary controls on border with Austria.

September 22nd 

120,000 refugees to be relocated in EU


Just under 1,250 asylum seekers die in the Mediterranean. After this, deaths in the Mediterranean continue steadily.


Hungary begins to build a barrier along its border with Serbia to stem flow of asylum seekers into the country.

August 27th

71 asylum seekers, including 4 children, are found dead in an abandoned lorry in Austria - they are believed to have died from suffocation

September 2nd 

Death of Alan Kurdi

September 17th 

Croatia closes off majority of its borders with Serbia.


Austria, Sweden and Macedonia introduce border controls.

October 16th

Afghan man shot dead by Bulgarian border guard.


UNHCR reports that 1 million refugees had reached Europe by sea in 2015.



100 black-clad masked men attack immigrants at Stockholm Central Station.


Both Austria and Norway break international and EU law. Austria announces that it will set a daily cap on the number of asylum seekers allowed to enter the country, and will limit daily asylum claims. Norway says they will reject all asylum seekers coming to the country. 


French authorities start to demolish part of the 'Calais Jungle'.


Clashes at Idomeni refugee camp on Greece-Macedonia border result in 200 asylum seekers and 15 police officers being injured.


Locals protest against establishment of a screening centre; protests see petrol bombs thrown against police officers. Meanwhile, Turkey threatens to send millions of asylum seekers into Europe unless Turkey receives further funding to host the millions already in the country


Two Pakistani asylum seekers try to publicly hang themselves in Athens.


EU-Turkey deal: irregular migrants will be sent back to Turkey. Each Syrian sent back to Turkey will be replaced by a Syrian refugee resettled in the EU. 


June 2017

906 refugees are picked up off Libyan coast in one day.

May 2018

Two-year-old Mawda is shot dead by Belgian police as they were chasing a van carrying an asylum seeker.

August 2018

Sara Mardini, a Syrian refugee who saved 18 asylum seekers by swimming and pulling along their waterlogged dingy to Lesvos, is arrested for her work, along with co-volunteer Sean Binder, with a search and rescue NGO.

July 2019

Tajoura detention centre, where many aslyum seekers attempting to cross to Europe had been sent back to, is hit by an air strike. 53 are killed; 130 are injured. Questions are raised about the EU's policy of cooperating with militias to detain migrants and training the Libya Coast Guard which sends refugees back.

November 2017

CNN footage shows asylum seekers being sold at slave auctions in Libya

June 2018

Italy and Malta both deny entry to the NGO ship Aquarius. The ship has 629 people on board, including 7 pregnant women, 11 small children, and 123 unaccompanied minors.

July 2018

Italy says it will reject all foreign navy, as well as Frontex ships, which have boarded refugees at sea.


August 2019

European statistics office estimates that close to 900,000 asylum seekers in the EU are waiting for their claims to be processed.

December 2019

UK government drops promise to replace the EU law that allows child refugees in Europe to reunite with their parents. 

August 2020

Number of people who have crossed English Channel in small boats in 2020 passes 5,000. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel says the government is working to make the route ‘unviable’, and blames ‘activist lawyers’ for frustrating deportations. 

September 2020

Fires destroy Moria camp, leaving thousands of people without shelter.

November 2020

A fire breaks out at Vathy refugee camp on the island of Samos, which also suffers an earthquake a few days later.  

October 2019

Italian coastguard find the bodies of twelve people off the coast of Lampedusa. They drowned when a boat carrying fifty asylum seekers capsized.

February - March 2020

Turkey stops preventing people from crossing into Europe. Refugees and asylum seekers attempting to enter Greece are met with tear gas, water cannons, and stun grenades. 

September 2020

Mass quarantine is imposed on Moria camp, despite warnings the camp is too overcrowded for social distancing, and that sanitation is insufficient. People in at-risk categories are not evacuated from the camp. 

October 2020 

Four people, including two young children aged five and eight, die whilst attempting to reach Britain by boat across the Channel.