Category Archives: refugees living in Brighton & Sussex

Space For All estate agency

An off-shoot of the Make It Happen! Homes for Refugees art project has just popped up!

Artists, activists, young people and local people were involved in art workshops that considered how to ensure that the important legend “Refugees Welcome” become a reality, how we can ‘Make it Happen!’ The biggest obstacle in Brighton is the expense of our housing, high rents that are unregulated in the private sector. We created a series of artworks that expose the difference between homes and properties, feeling at home and the market value of houses.

Space for All Estate Agency is located, temporarily, on the corner of Hartington Road and Brading Road, BN2 3PD.

Come and take a look at our window displays of current sales and lettings, all are the result of a collective effort of creativity.

Free. Viewing from the pavement.
Open 24 hours 7 days a week but hurry along, before a landlord spots an investment opportunity and evicts us.



SPACE 4 ALL festival

Thousand4£1000 to host #SpaceForAll Fundraising Festival 13th August 2016 to support housing for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

Date: Saturday 13th August 2016
Venue: The Rose Hill Tavern, Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JL
Times: 2pm – 11pm
Tickets: £7 or £5 unwaged, includes an evening meal (vegetarian/vegan-friendly). Available at or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern

Line-up of confirmed musical acts:
Koma Bênav  – Kurdish and Turkish folk music
Harry’s Tricks – Brighton’s futuristic swing ensemble
Sam Berkson – Settled Wanderers feat. Jules Arthur and Nick Wilsdon, poems from Western Sahara
Kora Mbye – Kora music from West Africa
Elsewhere Cinema – Silent films from across the globe
Bryony Bird’s Badge Station
Plus AfroBass DJs -Tropical DJ duo John Warr and Guy Morely playing new and old, rare and scratchy, dance and funk friendly tracks from the African continent and its diaspora. As heard on Totallyradio and Radio Reverb.

The Space for All Festival on August 13th begins at 2pm and goes on til late. As well as music throughout the day there will be games and activities for children in the afternoon, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly meal included in the cost of the ticket, and a raffle. Tickets for the event can be found at or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern.


The festival is to raise awareness of Thousand4£1000’s efforts to house destitute migrants in the city. Thousand4£1000 is reaching out to the local community, asking a thousand people to donate £1 per month (or more!) in a unique micro funding social enterprise. With that income the project plans to provide the rent for secure accommodation for vulnerable migrants in the Brighton and Hove area – people who have been made destitute after arriving in the UK and who without this support have absolutely no means of finding stable and secure accommodation.
Thousand4£1000 began in 2015 and has grown as a response to the increased number of refugees and immigrants coming to the area without support or the ability to build a life.  Rejected or left in limbo by the UK’s immigration system and its ‘border everywhere’ policy, they are not allowed to work or claim state support and are left homeless with no options or means to contribute to society.

“By providing a safe and secure place to live, we can take care of some basic needs to enable this vulnerable community to thrive in the area,” said Jacob Berkson, who is involved in the project. “We had met so many people who were either street homeless or sofa surfing simply because they had the wrong sort of immigration status. By not taking care of these people we are making the problems worse, increasing homelessness and crime. These people have escaped war and persecution to come here to live in safety. If the government won’t help, we can take matters into our own hands and help make our city a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”

To become a supporter of Thousand4£1000 visit and set up a monthly micro-donation.
Thousand41000 is the only migrant housing project that is involving the local community in taking collective action to house vulnerable migrants. Communities can take direct action to assist with basic housing needs for some of the most vulnerable people in society: those who have arrived from persecution or war torn regions. By accepting donations of only £1 per month, Thousand4£1000 can rent accommodation in which these people can have a safe and secure home in the UK. To donate, visit

A Walk In Solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees

Refugee Tales 2016
From Canterbury to Westminster

In June 2015 the Refugee Tales project walked in solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigration Detainees, from Dover to Crawley along the North Downs Way. As the project walked it reclaimed the landscape of South East England for the language of welcome, and everywhere it stopped it was met with hospitality and enthusiasm. Working directly in collaboration with those who had experienced the UK asylum system, and taking Chaucer’s great poem of journeying as a model, established writers told a series of tales en route. Through that sharing of other people’s tales the project gathered and communicated experiences of migration, seeking to show, in particular, what indefinite detention means.

refugee tales

From July 3 to July 8 2016, Refugee Tales will walk again. Starting with a Day of Thought, Performance and Action on the issue of ‘Being Detained Indefinitely’ the project will leave Canterbury on July 4, moving north to Gravesend and then along the Thames into central London, calling once again for the practice of indefinite immigration detention to end. At every stop of the way leading writers will help tell the tales of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees, as well as the stories of those who work with them. As the project walks it will create a space in which the language of welcome is the prevailing discourse, a political carnival in which the act of listening is a common resource.

Since Refugee Tales walked first time the debate around human movement has fluctuated dramatically, as pressure for a change of policy on indefinite detention has continued to build. It is a cruel and debilitating practice that continues to do untold damage to tens of thousands of lives. From to Westminster, Refugee Tales will call again for indefinite detention to end.

for more information on Indefinite Detention, and about the project visit the Refugee Tales website.

RadioReverb on Brighton’s Syrian community

A 4-episode RadioReverb series takes us into the homes of Brighton’s Syrian community. In each episode, presenter Gilly Smith cooks and chats about food, music and memories from the old country, and the humanity and warmth of the Syrian people.

Gilly Smith is an author, journalist and biographer, lecturing in media at the University of Brighton.

episode 1 — To Calais, from Brighton with Love
episode 2 — Jaibli Salaam: A Syrian Story, from Brighton with Love. John and Juliet’s Story
episode 3 — Jaibli Salaam, A Syrian Story, from Brighton, with love: Nadine’s Story
episode 4 — Jaibli Salaam : A Syrian Story, From Brighton with Love : Mothanna’s story