Asylum Seekers

Daily Express Lampooned Over 'Voodoo Poll' That Even Ukip Couldn't Endorse

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK

The Daily Express has been criticised by pollsters for publishing the results of an "exclusive" online vote from its own website on Friday's front pag...

Beyond Red Doors and Wristbands: Britain Needs an Asylum Policy We Can All Be Proud Of

Stephen Hale | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

These cannot be written off as isolated incidents. They expose the underlying failings of the way Britain responds to refugees arriving here. Current government policy does not provide the support that refugees so desperately need, and fails to build the positive relationships we all want to see between refugees and host communities.

Here's Why Cameron's ‘Bunch of Migrants' Comments Are Dividing The Nation

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

When David Cameron stood at the Commons despatch box yesterday and dismissed those camped in Calais as a "bunch of migrants", debate over the rhetoric...

How Do We Expect Refugees in Britain to Integrate When We Label Them So Enthusiastically?

Anca Carter-Timofte | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anca Carter-Timofte

We should stop seeing people as 'the refugee' and distancing the problem, and instead we should view them as individuals who are not defined by labels hurled at them.

42 People, Including 17 Children, Dead In Horrific Aegean Sea Boat Accidents

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.01.2016 | UK

A father who lost his mother, wife and four children is among 42 people who died whilst crossing the Aegean Sea today, medical workers in Greece have...

G4S Contractor Admits Red Door 'Apartheid' Issue Was Known 4 Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

The contractor charged by G4S with housing asylum seekers in North East England, has admitted it knew four years ago about issues housing clients in p...

G4S Leaked Emails Show Security Bosses Knew Of Red Door 'Issue' For Years

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

G4S bosses knew for years that there was an issue with homes that marked out asylum seekers with red front doors but refused to do anything about it, ...

'Apartheid' Door Painting Policy For Asylum Seekers To Be Changed

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

The front doors of asylum seekers' houses will be re-painted different colours, after it was revealed almost all their doors were red, leaving them op...

David Cameron Is Facing Yet Another Battle Over EU Asylum Rules

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron is set for a fresh battle over EU rules which could see more people seeing asylum in the UK. The European Commission is expected to p...

Migrants Banned From German Swimming Pool Until They 'Get The Message'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK

A swimming complex in Germany has become the first in the country to ban migrants after a spate of sexual harassment claims. Men from a nearby asy...

Stay Awake, Solutions Exist

Ralph Burgess | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Ralph Burgess

2015 exposed the truth of children drowning in Greece, of frozen families walking thousands of miles and of the squalid conditions of camps. 2016 should be a time to talk more about, and demand, solutions to the refugee crisis.

Police Use Water Cannon To Break Up PEGIDA Protest In Cologne As Fury Mounts

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.01.2016 | UK

Women’s rights activists and members of Germany’s far right demonstrated on the streets of Cologne on Saturday in protest at the New Year's Eve se...

Angela Merkel Says She'll Consider Stricter Deportation Laws After Cologne Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.01.2016 | UK

Angela Merkel is considering making Germany’s immigration laws tougher in the wake of the Cologne attacks on New Year’s Eve. The German Chancel...

Glove Love - Turning Facebook Likes and Amazon Wishes Into Real Life Love

Juliet Simmons | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Tech
Juliet Simmons

I wasn't asking for much money (the price of a cup of coffee), I wasn't asking people to leave home, to choose anything, to drive anywhere. I'd done all the work for them, they trusted me, they knew the project was real, they knew the gloves were going to real people and all they had to do was press one button. So they did. Facebook likes and Amazon wishes were turned (as if by magic) into real life love.

Cologne: How Should We React?

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

In an age of rampant Islamophobia, it is entirely responsible of politicians to reject arbitrary anti-Muslim rhetoric, seek to insulate oppressed communities from the adverse impact of runaway prejudice and emphasise equality before the law, regardless of a person's origin. Conversely, we liberals must be resolute in our opposition to both Islamophobia and misogyny...

Daily Mail Readers Are Outraged That A Refugee Charity Is Actually Helping Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK

The Daily Mail has published an article detailing the "jollies" refugees are being treated to in an effort to help them integrate in British society. ...

Disabled Student Activist Considered 'Curse' By Family Faces Deportation To Nigeria

The Huffington Post UK | Jasmin Gray | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The Home Office has rejected a claim for asylum by a disabled student activist who says her family in Nigeria believes she is a "curse". Kelechi C...

This Christmas, Think of the Thousands Spending Next Week in Detention With No Hope of Release

Rachel Robinson | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Rachel Robinson

While we and our elected representatives enjoy turkey with all the trimmings, the Downton Abbey finale, presents and crackers and family feuds and everything else that comes when you are lucky enough to be safe and free at Christmas, thousands of people across our country will spend next week in detention with no hope of release.

Open Letter to Asylum Seekers

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Dear Asylum Seekers... First of all, welcome to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - the cumbersome name of my home country, a name that not many of my fellow Brits actually know. We tend to call ourselves English, Scots, Northern Irish or Welsh.

Media Interest in Refugees May Have Peaked ... the Influx Hasn't

Alistair Burnett | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

If they think their readers and audiences are zoning out, journalists need to find fresh ways to report and explain the whys and wherefores of the influx and to hold politicians to account for the way they have dealt with both the refugees arriving and the reasons they are fleeing their homes.

Refugees: Dispelling Myths

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

There is a lot of conflicting terminology that surrounds refugees. The media often mixes up the terms 'migrant', 'refugee', 'asylum seeker' and 'immigrant'. So how are these words actually defined? And what is the UK really doing to support those who seek entry from overseas?

6 Things You Need To Know About This Week's Immigration Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics

The Government's controversial Immigration Bill is this week ruffling feathers - as MPs trade blows in Parliament and debate the proposals pros and co...

Where Asylum Seekers In The UK Are Coming From And Why

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK

Much has been made in the press about the real reasons thousands of refugees are fleeing their home countries and seeking asylum in the UK. Last mo...

Britain's Asylum Policies Must Be Shaped by Our Best Traditions, Not Our Worst

Stephen Hale | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.

Despite 'Cast Iron Case' For Asylum, This Refugee Received 'Truly Disgraceful Treatment' In Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK

A woman who sought asylum in the UK after she was raped and tortured in Sudan can claim damages against the British government after she was unlawfull...