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Last Updated: Monday, 19 June 2006, 05:14 GMT 06:14 UK
Procession to celebrate refugees
A carnival procession through Leeds will celebrate the contribution refugees make to life in Britain.

The procession of refugees and their supporters on Monday will mark the beginning of Refugee Week 2006 and will be joined by Leeds MP Fabian Hamilton.

Other events planned for the city during the week include a "Refugee World Cup" tournament, fashion show, arts showcase and film screenings.

The procession through the city will begin at the Central Library.

'Enormous potential'

Charlotte Cooke, Refugee Council Yorkshire and Humberside manager, said: "Albert Einstein, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud all came to the UK as refugees.

"Fish and chips and the Mini were both brought to Britain by refugees.

"They were grateful for the sanctuary given to them and went on to put Britain on the map as a place of free thinking and endeavour.

"We see enormous talent and potential among the people who we help at the Refugee Council in Yorkshire and Humberside. Who knows what skills, insight and talents there are among the refugees who have found welcome here?

"People all over Yorkshire have been very generous in welcoming refugees and this is an opportunity to remember that and to celebrate our future together."


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