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Refugee of the Year 2011 - Yorkshire and Humber

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The ‘Refugee of the Year’ award which began in 2009, coordinated by Migration Yorkshire. The award recognises the contribution of refugees to the Yorkshire and Humber region, focusing on the extraordinary individuals who embody this in their daily lives.

Refugee of the Year 2011 
Beatrice Botomani

Photo of Beatrice Botomani, the Refugee of the Year 2011

Beatrice Botomani holds the title of ‘Refugee of the Year 2011, Yorkshire and Humber’ and received a prize. The award ceremony was part of the Refugee Council and Migration Yorkshire event in November 2011, ‘Celebrating 60 years of refugee protection’.

The finalists

The finalists of Refugee of the Year 2011 were Almaz Woldemichael, Beatrice Botomani, and Ben and Kongosi Mussanzi. To read information about them and why they were nominated, download Refugee of the Year 2011 Yorkshire and Humber - finalists [368 KB - pdf document].

Refugee of the Year 2011 - the finalists

Finalists - Refugee of the Year 2011

How did we choose the winner?

A small judging panel, made up of a previous winner and representatives from Migration Yorkshire and the Refugee Council, chose the winner. We wanted nominations to reflect at least one of the two themes of the Regional Refugee Integration Strategy:

  • Finding sanctuary  How has this person overcome personal hardship and rebuilt their life in Yorkshire and Humber?
  • Enriching Yorkshire and Humber  How has this person contributed to the local community, neighbourhoods and British society? This could include personal achievement such as education, employment or volunteering, or for example helping their neighbours.

For further information

To find out more, contact Cath Peart:
phone  0113 395 2439

See also

This award was mentioned in the Big Issue. Follow the links below to see coverage in the Guardian and the Telegraph and Argus.

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