CARA (the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics)

CARA (the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics)

Charity information

CARA (the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics)

Helping Academics in Need - Defending Learning - Since 1933

Founded 1933

  • Mission statement

    CARA assists academics, who have been, or are, or are at risk of being, subject to discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, to relieve needs among them and their dependants and ensure that their specialist knowledge and abilities can continue to be used for the benefit of society.

    Our work also includes the advancement of education by supporting academics and their educational institutions in countries where their continuing work is at risk or compromised, to ensure that such academics and institutions can continue to fulfil their critical role as educators.

    CARA was established in 1933 by leading British academics and scientists of the day to provide refuge and support for academic colleagues who were being forced by Nazi discrimination and violence to leave Germany and Austria. Of these first grantees, sixteen became Nobel Laureates, eighteen were knighted. Sadly the need to protect science and learning did not end with Hitler’s defeat and our work is as important today as ever.

    Our UK Programme supports asylum seekers, refugees and threatened academics to re-establish their careers in the UK. Since 2006 CARA's work has included a Middle East Programme that focuses on helping sustain the region's academic capital to ensure it can play a vital role in the reconstruction of countries such as Iraq and Syria.

  • Aims

    CARA (the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) aims to:

    • To support academics and their educational institutions in countries where their continuing work is at risk or compromised, to ensure they can fulfil their critical role as educators.
    • To assist academics, who have been, or are, or are at risk of being, subject to persecution, to ensure that their specialist knowledge and abilities can continue to be used for public benefit.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1933

    Registered Charity Number: 207471

    Board members: 19

    Full time staff: 5

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 4

    Phone number: 02070210880

    Address: 90 London Road LSBU Technopark SE1 6LN

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