Swansea City shows solidarity with refugees

1st April 2022

Swansea City is joining football clubs across the country this April to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum, as part of Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes campaign.

Now in its fifth year, Football Welcomes celebrates the contribution players from refugee backgrounds make to the game and highlights the role football can play in bringing people together and creating more welcoming communities for refugees.

We are currently living through the biggest refugee crisis Europe has seen since the Second World War. Images and stories of people fleeing Ukraine have once again shown the plight of refugees, the trauma they face when fleeing conflict, and the need for countries and communities around the world to welcome them.

Swansea City is one of many clubs from across the Premier League, English Football League, FA Women’s Super League, Championship and National League, Cymru North and South, and grassroots teams that have signed up to take part in Football Welcomes.

The club will be dedicating its home Championship match against Derby County on April 9 to Football Welcomes.

Naomi Westland, head of Football Welcomes at Amnesty International UK, said: “The current refugee crisis in Ukraine shines a light on the importance of welcoming refugees wherever they're from, whether it’s Ukraine, Afghanistan, Eritrea or elsewhere. Football Welcomes is a great initiative to do this.  

“It’s heartening to see clubs like Swansea City using football as a powerful force for good, bringing people together and a providing a sense of belonging.

“With the support from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, Amnesty will continue to welcome refugees alongside football clubs across the country to show there is more that unites us than divides us.”