A new campaign to celebrate the contribution of refugees to British society is being launched, with singer songwriter Rita Ora the first high-profile figure to back the idea.
The initiative will aim to put up a series of blue plaques on buildings – similar to ones used on historic sites – to mark the homes or workplaces of refugee “ambassadors” who have been given safety and built a new life in the UK.
One of the first to sign up as an ambassador is Ora, who moved to the UK with her family as a refugee when she was a baby after her family fled Kosovo to escape the war in Kosovo.
The project is being set up by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which previously ran a successful campaign to highlight the contribution immigrants are making to society.
Nearly 1,000 posters were displayed across the UK at train stations and on giant billboards showing bus drivers, mental health nurses and sports stars with the message “I am an immigrant”. One featured Lukas Belina, a firefighter from Dundee, who came to Scotland from Poland in 2007.