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Let the people decide

Today, an important choice about Britain's future will be in the hands of its citizens, writes Sunder Katwala.

Today let’s celebrate Jo Cox MP and show we have #MoreInCommon

People all over the world will gather today to honour Jo Cox MP and to show that we have #MoreInCommon than that which divides us. Steve Ballinger details today's events and what they hope to achieve.

Biggest Refugee Week Ever Supports UK Welcome for Refugees

This week Refugee Week, the UK’s biggest cultural celebration of refugees, takes place with over 400 events planned across the UK, making this the biggest celebration to date writes Mike Hough. As the refugee situation across Europe continues, this annual celebration of the contribution made by refugees to British society provides an opportunity for people up and down the country to stand in solidarity with refugees.

More Refugee Week events are happening this year than ever before, reflecting the public’s desire to help. This year’s theme is “welcome” with case studies available illustrating how the British public have welcomed refugees into their communities.
The contributions of individual refugees to British society will also be celebrated with a new “I am a refugee” initiative, which will see plaques celebrating individuals who came to the UK as refugees – like Freddie Mercury, Rita Ora and Alek Wek – appearing on buildings across the UK during the week.

There are many highlights to the week including Making Stories: A Refugee Week special at the British Museum; the award-winning film Beats of the Antonov at the British Film Institute; and major events in in towns and cities all over the country:

In Nottingham, events will take place across Refugee Week, including a world food night, theatre performances and special film screenings at the New Art Exchange. In Bradford there will be an International Refugee Festival with free entertainment, workshops and family activities.

In Leicester, a city that has welcomed hundreds of refugees from Syria there will be a Refugee Week Celebration in the Town Square.

In addition to the events, a t-shirt designed by Marios Schwab and Studio Moross has been produced to celebrate refugees and the theme of welcome.

Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council and Chair of Refugee Week summarises by saying:

“Now more than ever, as refugees continue to seek protection in Europe, it’s vital that we welcome them to the UK.

“Simple acts of kindness have helped people who’ve fled the horrors of war, violence and oppression in Syria and other troubled parts of the world to feel safe and secure in Britain. That’s something we can all be proud of.”

A full list of events and how you can get involved can be found at http://refugeeweek.org.uk/.

This week Refugee Week, the UK’s biggest cultural celebration of refugees, takes place with over 400 events planned across the UK, making this the biggest celebration to date writes Mike Hough. As the refugee situation across Europe continues, this annual celebration of the contribution made by refugees to British society provides an opportunity for people up and down

Refugee Week to honour Jo Cox MP

Refugee Week campaigners will commemorate Jo Cox MP, who was tragically killed in her constituency this week

Could football be coming home?

Mike Hough reports for #WeAreAllEngland from the Euro 2016 Fanzone in Paris

#WeAreAllEngland – in France!

Mike Hough of British Future reports from Euro 2016 in France where he has been flying the flag for the #WeAreAllEngland campaign

The UK at Euro 2016 – it’s not All England

The UK has three team competing at Euro 2016 - Steve Ballinger looks at why the #WeAreAllEngland campaign is focused on the English

Referendum truce breaks out for England’s Euro 2016 kick-off!

Pictures: A referendum truce appeared to break out for Euro 2016 as two people looking *remarkably* like Boris and the PM took their England flag out on the streets

Will Euro 2016 bring Wales Together, Stronger?

Wales are taking part in their first international football finals since 1958. Ashok Ahir asks: can the team show why football is the true national game and can appeal to all?

Support #WeAreAllEngland and win an England shirt signed by Geoff Hurst!

Show your support for England at Euro 2016 this summer and with #WeAreAllEngland and win an England shirt signed by World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst!

Are Aussie rules fair dinkum for immigration after Brexit?

The ‘Australian points system’ for immigration, proposed by the Leave campaign, is a popular slogan - is it a workable policy?

A town called Malvern: the long road to welcome refugees in Worcestershire

How a picturesque town in Worcestershire decided to open its arms to refugees

London election poll shows party colours matter more than skin colour in British elections

Sadiq Khan’s victory in London's mayoral election was achieved by securing a strong swing from the Conservatives among white British voters, according to new analysis of YouGov's London polling.

ONS statistics – net migration target surely dead if UK votes ‘Remain’ in June

Responding to May's ONS migration figures, Sunder Katwala says the net migration target is surely dead if the UK votes on 23 June to remain in the EU.

Why refugees want to learn English

“Now I can say what I want to say; I'm not frightened to make mistakes and even when I do make mistakes, people are very helpful with us. They help me to say what I want.” A new refugee action study calls for the barriers to learning to be broken down.

Viv Anderson: The Man Who Changed the Face of English Football

Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to play for the England national team, was a pioneer who helped change perceptions of race in British society, writes Sathesh Alagappan.

NEW: Download a print-it-yourself England flag & show that #WeAreAllEngland!

Keen to show your support for #WeAreAllEngland? Fresh out of England flags? Worry not - you can now download a print-it-yourself #WeAreAllEngland flag!

This is the most diverse England squad ever – and no-one cares

Football fans will ask many questions about the England Euro 2016 squad announced today. But will anyone be counting up the non-white faces in the team? Unlikely

Euro 2016, VIDEO: Blackburn kids show that #WeAreAllEngland

As England's Euro 2016 squad is announced, a new film shows how people from all backgrounds are coming together to get behind the England team.

Immigration: the referendum conundrum

Will the EU referendum come down to the question of immigration versus economics? Sunder Katwala looks at new Ipsos MORI findings on on public attitudes to immigration and the EU referendum.