Asylum Seekers

Britain Welcomes More Than 4,000 Syrian Refugees Over Past Year

Stephen Hale | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

Our research shows that 73% of Brits agree that learning English is not only beneficial to refugees - it also benefits Britain. If they are to make friends, find work and start contributing to their communities, all refugees must have full and equal access to English language lessons. Enabling all refugees to access free English lessons isn't a handout; it's an investment in Britain's future.

Hosting A Refugee At Home - A Small Answer To A Big Problem

Sara Nathan | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Sara Nathan

Our hosts offer anything from a sofa-bed in the living room of a little flat above a shop in the edgy part of North London, to spacious suites with bathrooms in Notting Hill. What each does offer though is a generous heart and a desire to do something to those, and it could be any of us, fleeing war and persecution and facing a deeply uncertain future

LGBT Asylum Seekers Are Not Safe In Detention, The Home Office Must Do More

Paul Twocock | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Paul Twocock

Detention, in its current form, is not safe for LGBT asylum seekers. There are some urgent steps that the Home Office must take to ensure all LGBT people who are seeking refuge from violence and persecution in their own country can be safe during their claim for asylum in the UK.

Women For Change: Making A Small Commitment For A Big Difference

Meenal Sachdev | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Meenal Sachdev

There is no doubt that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face wide ranging challenges. But change is possible. Successful small contributions can result in a substantial impact. If you want to use your skills and resources to help make a real change, find out more about joining Women for Change and sign up to attend our event.

We Fact Checked The Daily Express Claim 12,000 Asylum Seekers Are 'On The Run'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK

A Daily Express front page has been branded “wholly incorrect” by the Home Office and “dangerous” by a charity, after it claimed 12,000 asylum...

Data Shows Why Building A Wall In Calais Is Bound To Fail

Natalie Stanton | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Natalie Stanton

If policymakers are serious about resolving the crisis in Calais, they need to take immediate steps to fix this broken system. It has become clear that no progress will be made until funds are invested in educating and empowering the camp's residents, rather than continuing to segregate and dehumanise them.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

Refugees Without Refuge: England's Forgotten Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

For people who have escaped war, torture and rape; being granted asylum in Britain should be a moment of immense relief; a time to finally stop running and instead to focus on rebuilding their shattered lives.

Up to 1,000 Asylum Seekers at Risk of Being Returned to Afghanistan as Major UK Refugee Charity Challenges the Government's Policy

Sam Bright | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Sam Bright

With many politicians already calling for a more compassionate approach from the UK towards refugees, there will surely be mounting pressure on the government to reconsider its stance and to provide sanctuary for those at risk of depravity and insecurity if they are returned to Afghanistan.

This Moving Poem Forces People To Re-Think Anti-Refugee Prejudice In A Very Clever Way

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK

A poet has forced people to re-think their prejudice against refugees with a startling poem highlighting the plight of those fleeing conflict and pers...

MPs Reveal Why Theresa May Knows Less About Refugees Than She Thinks

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK

Many parts of the country are not taking their fair share of asylum seekers - including Home Secretary Theresa May's constituency, MPs have complained...

MP's Dangerous Warning To Cameron About The 'Burden' Of Asylum Seekers

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.02.2016 | UK

Simon Danczuk has warned the government that the "unfair burden" of asylum seekers on the UK's poorest towns could lead to a "major incident". The ...

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...