Asylum Seekers

Being An Asylum Seeker Means Waiting – Always Waiting. We've Been Waiting For Four Years Now

Maheen Habib Gill | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK
Maheen Habib Gill

We arrived in Newcastle and applied for asylum. After two months, we were sent to Cardiff, then Newport. We had no idea where it was. We were given a small house up a hill and went to Poundshop to buy everything we needed. When you move to a new country, you don't know anything about life there, but you have to adapt.

This Is Not News: Our Clients In Brook House IRC Have Been Complaining About Abuse From G4S Detention Officers For Years

Patrick Page | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Patrick Page

Many of our clients watched the Panorama exposé whilst in detention. One, Vitor Cassombe, a Portuguese national, was detained at Brook House until the day the documentary was aired.

Now Is The Time To Build On Britain's Commitment To Protect 20,000 Syrian Refugees By 2020

Stephen Hale | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Stephen Hale

Today is the second anniversary of probably the biggest decision in UK refugee policy in more than a decade. The then Prime Minister David Cameron announced on 7 September 2015 that the UK would welcome 20,000 Syrians before 2020.

Immigration Detention Is Inhumane, Costly And Unnecessary - We Are Committed To Ending It

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

There is so much more we can do for refugees. Reinstate the Dubs amendment to help child refugees reach safety. Widen reunification plans so families dispersed by war can find each other again. But once asylum seekers reach the UK we must not assume their journey is over. No one deserves to flee their homes and complete a dangerous, harrowing journey, only to be indefinitely locked up or abandoned by the country they thought would help them.

People Fleeing War And Persecution Face Unbearable Poverty In Britain

Stephen Hale | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Hale

The Government must take urgent action to ensure that no-one is left hungry or homeless. People who have lost everything have the right to support and must be able to rebuild their lives with dignity.

Don't Deport Me, I'm British

Bashir Naderi | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Bashir Naderi

When people like me who have arrived in the UK as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children turn seventeen and a half, the Home Office starts the process of removing us back to our countries of birth. The system requires us to prove why we should be allowed to stay and why we should not be sent back. The Home Office thought it safe for me to go back to Afghanistan, so under the system I was automatically detained and placed behind bars ready to be removed from the country.

The Queen's Speech Presents An Opportunity To Help Refugees - We Urge The Government To Grab It With Both Hands

Maurice Wren | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Welcome news that the proposed legislation and policies for the next session of parliament as set out in Wednesday's Queen's Speech included a new Immigration Bill and a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. These present real opportunities to improve the lives of refugees - and we so hope the government grabs them with both hands.

Different Pasts, Shared Future - What The Theme Of This Year's Refugee Week Means To Me

Farid Mall | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Farid Mall

The journey was stressful, my wife cried a lot, but we did our best to hide it for the sake of our young boys. We finally arrived in Gatwick Airport on 16th September 1998, very thankful to be safe.

What It's Like When Your Best Friend Is An Asylum Seeker

Jenn van Twillert | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK
Jenn van Twillert

I carry some of her pain with me, wherever I go. I will always be proud of her, whatever happens. I will always admire her resilience, patience, self-sacrifice and kindness. My hopes have grown weaker but the little braveness that is left says that one day we will share the same privileges and she will finally be allowed to hit the play-button of her own life.

Yazidi Villages Have Been Liberated, But The Community Still Needs International Support

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK
Louisa de Albuquerque

There is simply not enough qualified help and resource in the region to deal with the needs of those who have survived sexual torture and significant trauma. Yazidis have been victims of extremists for centuries and don't feel safe.

I'm Crowdfunding For The Croydon Asylum Seeker So The Public Can Help Him Like They Did Me

Bridey Watson | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Bridey Watson

We could see the outpouring of love and shock across the United Kingdom and wanted to facilitate a way for people to channel this love into something that could physically help the boy and show him that he is not alone. So we teamed up and set up the page.

Home Truths About Torture

Kolbassia Haoussou | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kolbassia Haoussou

I stand with her in her belief that only a humane, fair and efficient asylum system will enable torture survivors to gain asylum and begin to repair the terrible scars of torture on our bodies and minds.

This Is What It Means To Be A Syrian Refugee

Sleman Shwaish | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Sleman Shwaish

The emotional torment of fleeing your home is not easy to describe. I remember arriving at London Heathrow airport like it was yesterday. It was a freezing cold December night and I could not think straight. I felt so sad and guilty at leaving my parents behind. But equally I was happy and relieved to be in a safe place. I never wanted to leave Syria. I never thought that, some four years later, I would have a new life in Yorkshire. What makes someone abandon their home and travel over land and sea for a better future? In recent days, there has been so much focus on refugees around the world. I am a 'refugee'. But first and foremost, I am a person.

Restricting Asylum Seekers' Right To Work Is Not Only Morally Questionable - It Doesn't Make Economic Sense

Alison Thewliss | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alison Thewliss

We know that permitting asylum seekers to work would allow them to integrate better into society, develop their English and make friends in what can often be a lonely and new environment. Many are professionals with skills they would love to put to use and which would benefit our economy. It makes complete sense to make this modest change to the immigration rules in line with other European countries. By changing the restrictions on working, we can restore asylum seekers dignity and self-confidence, whilst saving money for the public purse in the long-run.

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 29.09.2017 | 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 22.09.2017 | 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 06.07.2017 | 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 20.05.2017 | 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 06.04.2017 | 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...