UK Asylum

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.

Inhumanity Is At The Heart Of The Government's Policies Towards Refugees And Asylum Seekers

Barbara Ntumy | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Barbara Ntumy

We should not have an immigration system that devalues the lives of those facing oppression such as Kelechi. We have an urgent responsibility, as one of the world's richest nations, to ensure that those fleeing oppression and discrimination wherever they come from, get the same right to a quality of life in the UK as any UK citizen.

Election 2017: Here's How We Make Britain A Safe Haven For Refugees

Stephen Hale | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Hale

We need to ensure the voices of refugees and people seeking asylum in Britain are heard. Refugee Action will be sharing with our supporters and with prospective MPs of all parties the experiences of the people we work with and how their lives can be improved. This is an important opportunity for parties to make clear commitments to refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

65 Years of Saving Refugees' Lives

Maurice Wren | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

The refugees' stories I've told here are truly heart rending, but they also fill me with pride and with hope. This is who we are as a country. This is who we must remain. This is Britain at its best.

Europe Can Do Better Than the EU-Turkey Deal

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK
Mike Adamson

We, the undersigned European Red Cross National Societies, are gravely concerned by the humanitarian implications of the agreement reached by the EU and Turkey to stem migration to Europe.

Mums Matter

Stephen Fear | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Fear

In my opinion there is another actor, now dead unfortunately, who would have certainly made a brilliant Bond had he been young enough at the time, and that was Cary Grant. Without doubt Grant had the looks, acting talent, and presence, to have made the role his own.

Theresa May Far More Dangerous Than Migrants

Benali Hamdache | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Benali Hamdache

Theresa May's speech yesterday at Conservative Party Conference should be seen as a chilling warning to those who hoped for a humane response to Europe's refugee crisis. Boldly declaring that high migration was a challenge to "societal cohesion" Theresa seems ever more willing to adopt both the rhetoric and policy of Farage and his purple agitators.

Theresa May's Hierarchy of Asylum Is Divisive, Inhumane and Ill-informed

Judith Vonberg | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Judith Vonberg

May argues that these people should not be 'rewarded' with safety. But why should they be punished with deportation for having the courage, perseverance and resources to make the journey to Europe?

What Should #refugeeswelcome Actually Mean?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Jonathan Arnott

Get this right, and I want us to take our share of refugees. Not from Europe, but from the places where the humanitarian crisis is greatest: Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. I want us to provide humanitarian aid in those countries. Get it wrong, and our actions become counterproductive - easing consciences without helping to resolve the problem.

Foster Carers Provide Loving Homes for Refugee Children

Kevin Williams | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

Europe is at a turning point. Now leaders from across the EU are listening to the calls to offer homes to those who are risking their lives fleeing tyranny and violence in their home country.

Chuck a Grenade in There: Why I Voted for Jeremy Corbyn

Gregor Cubie | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

Labour is a crumbling old corner of the temple of British government and we're going to have to rebuild it completely, not just redecorate. So, for now, instead of sending in Burnham or Cooper with the vacuum cleaners and window dressing, let's just chuck the Corbyn grenade into the middle of it, and see what he can set alight.

Not a Political Football, But a Spiralling Humanitarian Emergency

Simon O'Connell | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

It is an outrage that for too long we have been distracted by the semantics and short term political objectives of this crisis, and that it takes the death of a three year old to shake us to our senses. By virtue of our shared humanity, this must change today.

Seven Angela Merkel Immigration Quotes That You'd Never Hear In Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK

Despite arson attacks by far-right protesters on its refugee shelters, Germany is regarded by some as an example of how to treat people coming from di...

Up To 50 Refugees Found In Lorry Feared Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

Austrian authorities say at least 20 migrants have been found dead in a lorry in the country's eastern province of Burgenland. Reports from Krone ...

The Calais Migrant Crisis

Simon Goodman | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK
Simon Goodman

The Calais Migrant crisis is dominating the news at the moment, so there's no way that you will have failed to see something about it. What we're cons...

Cuts Will Push Children Fleeing Violence Even Deeper Into Poverty

Peter Grigg | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK
Peter Grigg

Today marks another major setback for families fleeing violence, war and persecution as new government cuts to asylum support come into force. In a single stroke, the Government's decision to cut crucial financial support for these families will cause severe hardship to thousands of children in the UK, leaving many children living on just £5 a day.

A Surprising Number Of Calais Migrants Might Be Reaching The UK

PA | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

As many as seven in ten migrants in Calais may be reaching the UK, police figures suggest.Research by French authorities estimates that 70% of those w...

End of the Line for the Detention of Asylum Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

Yesterday's Court of Appeal judgment ought to be the end of the line for the systematic incarceration of asylum-seekers in the UK. For the fifth time, the British courts have concluded that the Detained Fast Track asylum process is operating unlawfully.

What Is Asylum And How Does It Work?

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

Asylum seekers are people who move to a new country and apply to stay, seeking refuge from persecution. There are an estimated 126,000 refugees cur...

Migration in the UK and EU: Facts and Figures

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

David Cameron will join the leaders of other EU countries on Thursday and Friday for a special summit to discuss the EU's migration policy, following a dramatic increase in the number of irregular migrants trying to enter the EU this year. In recent months there have also been more cases of migrants drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The Tories Promised to Protect LGBT Asylum Seekers Five Years Ago, So Far They Have Failed - Now It Is Time to Deliver

Paul Dillane | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Paul Dillane

This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.

London Is a Desert

Peter Lind | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Peter Lind

Khaled sits down in what appears to be an awkward position, his back against the wall. Half sitting, half lying. It is how he sat in his cell in Damaskus. During a total of 12 months, locked up in a cell too small to lie down in, and not high enough to stand up, Khaled was tortured by the Syrian Security forces...

Photo Story: Hong Kong's Most Vulnerable Holed Up in Squalid Slums

Tom Grundy | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

With families to look after and housing rents in Hong Kong among the highest in the world, some asylum claimants risk fines and imprisonment by working. For many, it is the only way to survive.

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

Stephen Hale | Posted 19.05.2015 | 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 07.05.2015 | 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.