Anneke Elwes

After 20 years of running a market research consultancy and 6 years of voluntary work in the refugee sector, Anneke took an MA at SOAS specialising in ‘humanitarianism at home’ and the private practice of hosting refugees and asylum seekers. She set up Host Nation in Spring 2017, which makes it easier for others to befriend asylum seekers.  Anneke realised that there were many ordinary people, like her, who want to help and offer friendship, but don't know how. Host Nation provides a simple mechanism for bringing citizens and refugees together in local communities through small acts of kindness, hospitality and companionship.

Anneke first worked with refugees as a volunteer through ICRC in refugee camps for Vietnamese boat people in SE Asia back in the 1980s. More recently Anneke has been a volunteer member of staff at Freedom from Torture (formerly The Medical Foundation). Host Nation was inspired by Freedom from Torture holiday scheme where approx. 100 clients, which Annek co-ran, her research for MA degree dissertation and her involvement in co-founding Camden City of Sanctuary, a grassroots refugee support network.

Anneke Elwes's Project

London is one of the greatest and most potentially inclusive places on earth, but it has become two cities. For refugees and asylum seekers, it can be intimidating, lonely and isolating. Today’s refugees are facing unprecedented challenges, and existing services are struggling to cope.  Cities across the UK are crying out for social integration projects […]

Anneke Elwes's Tweets

"For isolated, traumatised people stuck in grim hotels, a chance at friendship can be transformative." Read our article in @TheHouseMag

Big shout out📢 to the excellent MBA students at Alliance Manchester Business School who worked on HostNation strategy for their not-for-profit module.

We met @AllianceMBS this week and we're excited to benefit from their analysis in our work with #refugees.


🤝 "For isolated, traumatised people stuck in grim hotels, a chance at friendship can be transformative."

✍️ @HostNationUK's Harriet Paterson

This weekend we introduced 4 new friendships in Newcastle and Gateshead 🥳
Here is 2 of them; Mujtaba and Fay, and Yusuf and Graeme meeting for the first time. We look forward to their future adventures 💛
#hostnation #tyneandwear #newcastle #gateshead #RefugeesWelcome

On #WorldChildrensDay, the shameful treatment of child asylum seekers by the Home Office must end. Vulnerable children are at huge risk outside the child protection system.

Dozens of child asylum seekers placed in Home Office hotel for adults

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