Asylum Seekers

The Next Five Years: Let's Give Refugees the Support and Protection They Deserve

Stephen Hale | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

In just over six weeks, we'll wake up to a new Parliament. Immigration will doubtless be a prominent and divisive issue in the run-up to the election. What does this mean for the refugees that will come to Britain fleeing war and persecution over the next five years? The welcome we give to refugees to Britain during the next Parliament depends not on the outcome of the election, but on what happens once it is over. Whoever wins we need to impress on them, and on the public, that a fair and just asylum system is the right thing for Britain and the right thing for the asylum seekers that need our support and protection.

Eight-hundred, Seventy, Fifty, Five

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Detaining refugees in this way can be a scarring experience. Conditions are oppressive. Experience shows that LGBT refugees are more at risk than others.

Immigration Detention: A Disproportionate Deprivation of Liberty

Maurice Wren | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Maurice Wren

If the government wants to prove it's serious about justice and protecting vulnerable people, then it will recognise that the detention estate is a product of the dark ages. Instead of tinkering with processes, Ministers should focus their efforts on consigning the whole system to the history books where it belongs.

Our Asylum System Is a Litmus Test of Our Humanity

Stephen Hale | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

Britain can and must provide asylum seekers and refugees with the protection and support they deserve. Its political parties must outline their proposals for an efficient and fair immigration and asylum policy, which reflects our national self-interest and the rights of those feeling war and persecution.

Europe's Broken Asylum System

Jo Simmons | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

The EU needs to prioritize the human rights and wellbeing of asylum seekers, but the participation of all 28 members is necessary. Operation Triton and the Dublin Regulation must be adjusted in order to accommodate the current volume of asylum seekers.

Fifteen Years

Juliet Simmons | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Juliet Simmons

When someone is brave enough to make the decision to live rather than die shouldn't we help them? Don't we have some kind of obligation to provide safe haven, to help them rather than, as our government suggested, just last week, to let them just drown in the sea?

Students Plan To Buy £6m Castle - So Asylum Seekers Can Live There

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students are attempting to raise enough money to buy a £6m Scottish castle - so they can give it to asylum seekers to live in. The grou...

The Promised Land

Mary Turner | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Mary Turner

These bones from arid countries that have walked, run, climbed, crawled, sailed, clung on and hidden for two years on the journey from Africa and the Middle East to reach their promised land, the United Kingdom... when winter comes, having made it this far, if it is an unkind one, some will almost certainly die.

Detention Breaks the Soul

Nabil Al-Inzy | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Nabil Al-Inzy

I have seen how detention is bad for the physical and emotional wellbeing of those detained, especially those who are kept there for months, not knowing when it will end. It is important to remember that these are not criminals but people who have been refused asylum or broken immigration rules - complex systems which few people understand. I believe that if an asylum seeker has the reasonable reason to stay within the government rules they should grant them asylum or send them home with dignity -not keep them in detention for a long period. Detention breaks the soul.

Jack Sommers

The Graphic Questions The Home Office Is Still Asking LGBT Asylum Seekers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

LGBT asylum seekers trying to find sanctuary in Britain to avoid persecution - for their sexuality are still being subjected to questions that "query ...

Student Deported To Mauritius Despite 175,000-Strong Protest, Aces A-Levels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Yashika Bageerathi, the student deported to Mauritius despite a 175,000-strong protest, has passed her exams and achieved the results she would have n...

Tantrums and Hurt Feelings: The Reality of Becoming British

Pavla Kopecna | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Pavla Kopecna

In truth I was grateful for all the things that eventually made Britain my home. But I was also angry. Angry for all the hoops I had to jump through to get the same rights as others who were born here, as if begging entry to some exclusive club I wasn't allowed to join even though it was located at my house.

Protesters Shut Down Israeli Hip-Hopera at the Edinburgh Fringe. I'm Not Sure How I feel About This.

Axis of Awesome | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Axis of Awesome

My thoughts on this have been very mixed. I too have very strong views on Israel's aggression towards Palestine. But I find myself questioning whether picketing a small hip hop show at an arts festival is the best way to make a demonstration. Does the theatre company's receipt of a government grant really make them complicit in the assault on Gaza?

The High Court and the Unfair Detention of Asylum Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

They are locked up for days or weeks without access to a lawyer, not knowing what is happening... They receive the decision the next day. The refusal rate is 99%... "I was lucky... Many more have not been lucky. And justice should not depend on luck."

Welcome to Britain!

Frances Harrison | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

It was when the barrister casually mentioned the torture methods that I recognised her client's country of origin. Beaten with pipes filled with sand, hung upside down and forced to inhale chilli smoke. It's the standard menu of Sri Lankan security force torture for Tamils...

Thank you UKIP!

Bruce Goodison | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bruce Goodison

I've made a film called Leave to Remain - an odd title that displays the absurdly English wordplay that describes the 'permission' that the home office grants asylum seekers to give them 'leave' to 'remain' in this country either definitely or indefinitely. It's a fitting title for the wilfully confusing system that determines worthiness for refugee status.

How Are Anti-Asylum Arguments Justified?

Simon Goodman | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Goodman

Arguments against asylum seekers are designed to present their users as caring about others, fair and non-prejudiced, while at the same time supporting policies which seem to be quite the opposite.

Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Shami Chakrabarti

Refugees consistently face some of the toughest choices imaginable - whether to stay where they are and face rape, torture or death or leave behind their family, everything they have and know to embark on a dangerous - all too often fatal - flight into the unknown. Here's where I'm supposed to say: 'Imagine if it were you, facing such a choice. Imagine if it were your mother or brother". But you don't need to be patronised. We're all more than capable of empathy. Yet we continue to treat refugees with ignorance and even contempt. Why does our collective empathy so often fail to manifest in our treatment of such a vulnerable group?

It's Unacceptable That New Refugees Face Homelessness and Destitution

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Being granted refugee status and leaving the nightmare of the asylum system behind should be a moment of relief; the starter gun to be able to rebuild your life in safety and come to terms with your traumatic experiences in your country of origin. But it's not.

New Refugees' First Steps Should Not Be Towards the Nearest Homeless Hostel

Lisa Doyle | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

"The 28 days is hard on refugees...all of a sudden in a country you don't know and then it stops and you don't know what you are going to do. It was such a surprise when I ended up without a bed to sleep in."

Asylum Seeker Accommodation 'Unacceptably Poor'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

Vulnerable asylum seekers were left in "unacceptably poor" accommodation following a bungled Home Office project, an influential committee of MPs has ...

Jessica Elgot

Nigerian Fights To Stay In UK To Stop Daughters Having Genitals Mutilated

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK

A Nigerian asylum seeker is pleading with the government to let her stay in Britain, claiming her abusive husband will taking their two little daughte...

Theresa May Must Listen to the Courts and Allow Asylum Seekers to Live in Dignity

Sarah Teather | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

In our report, we found that systematic failures from successive governments had left many destitute, with levels of support inadequate to meet even basic living needs. As one mother told the panel, "I would buy one meal which I will share with my son. My son, is my priority, therefore I will provide his nutritional needs before my own and occasionally starving myself." The government said that they would take our findings into consideration, but I was extremely disappointed when, in June last year, the Home Office announced that they were freezing the support rates.

Students' Asylum Seeker Pub Crawl At Australian University Slammed As 'Shocking'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at a university in Australia have been slammed for organising an asylum seekers pub crawl where attendees were asked to bring ID to avoid bei...

We Must Take Full Advantage of Refugees' Skills

Maurice Wren | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

Refugees come to the UK in fear of their lives, having fled the horrors of violent conflict, persecution, rape or other forms of torture or harm. They are met by a complex, insensitive and fiercely adversarial asylum system that all too often lets them down and, by association, lets us and the liberties we cherish, down too.