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Former refugees awarded honorary degrees at University of Wolverhampton

Two former refugees have been recognised for their community initiative with a special award.

Arten and Mohammed have been awarded honorary degrees for their community initiative

Mohamed Mustafa and Arten Llazari have been awarded Honorary Doctorates in Science by University of Wolverhampton in recognition of their work through their charity, the Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC), and their dedication to supporting migrants by removing barriers to their integration.

Mohamed co-founded the RMC after leaving Iraq and settling in Wolverhampton with his family, while Arten is the Chief Executive Officer of the RMC, having arrived in the UK from Albania in 1999.

Mohamed is an alumni of the university with a Higher National Diploma in Building Studies and a degree in Civil Engineering, while Arten has a humanities degree and is fluent in several languages.

Both men spoke about the honour of receiving the doctorates, which are presented to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.

Arten said: "I am humbled to receive this honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of my work at RMC and the charity sector.”

Mohamed said: "It is a privilege to serve my community and I feel that work is all worth it just to know that someone is safe and has hope.”

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