UK Refugees

Government Accused Of 'Consigning Refugees In Britain To Homeless And Hunger'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK

Refugees are being left homeless and destitute because Government policy fails to support them, a cross-party parliamentary committee has warned. Asyl...

Failing Children In Dunkirk

Lily Caprani | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

We must learn from what happened in Calais, when the UK showed it could do what it takes to get children to safety in a crisis. Similar support must be given to children in Dunkirk currently facing an uncertain future, to prevent these children disappearing and falling into the hands of traffickers looking to exploit them.

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.

Easter Is About Service And Hope - Let's Show It To Refugees As Well

David Burrowes | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
David Burrowes

At Easter Christians will be remembering how Jesus Christ showed the ultimate service and hope of eternal life through his death and resurrection. Let us resolve to show some of that service by giving some of our most vulnerable a new life, and a hope for the future.

What Easter Has To Say To A Broken, Hurting World

Johan Eldebo | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Johan Eldebo

As we approach Easter, it's easy to look around and find a rather bleak, even devastating, picture of the world. There's famine in East Africa, with 16 million people on the brink of starvation and 22 million in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. The British public have been incredibly generous in their response but without even more funding, people are at risk of dying from hunger.

Devastation For Children In Dunkirk

Hayley Cull | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Hayley Cull

With the embers of the fire in Dunkirk still glowing, now is the time for our Home Office to act to ensure children are protected by our laws and kept away from smugglers and traffickers. The horror faced by children in these awful camps can be ended by changing our Immigration Rules to ensure there is a sustainable legal process for getting children to the safety of their extended family in the UK when they are forced to leave their home.

The Fires In Dunkirk Were An Entirely Preventable Catastrophe

Benny Hunter | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Benny Hunter

The only home had by some 1,500 men women and children has been reduced to ashes. This is a dire and deeply tragic situation, that was entirely preventable. It is important to remember, these are not criminals to be interned, but individuals experiencing the deepest tragedy of their lives, fleeing war, persecution and violence. They don't need our pity, but they deserve dignity and respect, because without this, their suffering will only be intensified.

Dramatic Images Show Huge Fire Reduce Dunkirk Refugee Camp To 'Heap Of Ashes'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK

A French refugee camp housing around 1,500 people has burned to the ground. The Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk caught fire on Monday night. Dramatic ...

Bulldozing The Calais 'Jungle' Did Not Solve The Challenge Of Migrants On The Move - It Merely Displaced It

Diane Abbott | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Child refugees have been emphatically failed by the British government. Wanting to help children is a worthy impulse. But in the end we have to engage with, both the children and, their families. Waves of migrants are moving across Western Europe driven by war and famine. So far European governments have tried to deal with the problem with barbed wire, walls, bulldozing encampments and criminalising the migrants themselves. There has to be a better and more sustainable response. We need much more genuine co-operation between European governments, whether they are in Schengen or not. Sadly, with Britain leaving the EU, better co-operation seems further away than ever.

Croydon Attack: We Know Britain Is Better Than This

Stephen Hale | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Stephen Hale

This appalling incident contrasts with much of our experience at Refugee Action. Every day we see the generosity of people in Britain. Individuals, schools and companies contact us to ask how they can volunteer, donate and campaign to improve the lives of refugees living here.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

Refugees Got Talent

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Theopi Skarlatos

When I first decided to make this film the one question that kept repeating itself in my head was this: what does a person do, when they feel like the...

Siege, Transfer And Occupation In Syria - The Evacuation Of Al Waer

Chris Doyle | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Doyle

The story of the evacuation and transfer of Syrians from Al Waer sums up so much of what is going on in Syria in 2017 - a mix of siege, bombings, forcible transfer and foreign occupation.

Immigrants Make America Great

Ashish Prashar | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Our leaders must remember that immigrants have created some of our largest companies, built America's global dominance and if we created barriers to bringing talent to the US the likes of Apple and Google wouldn't exist today. The immigrants who did important, world-changing things did them here because this country welcomed them and that's what makes America so great!

I Crossed The Hungarian Border As A Refugee: Their New Refugee Detention Bill Doesn't Surprise Me

Maudie Fraser | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

On 13th October 2015, I crossed the border from Croatia to Hungary, along with hundreds of refugees travelling northwards through Europe towards Germa...

Today Marks Six Years Since The Syrian Conflict Began

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

As the horrors continue in Syria and fighting is focused on religious and sectarian lines, it is vital that faith groups come together to help those most affected. This sends a powerful message that we are not a divided people but stronger when we work together in times of crisis.

Why We Must Not Turn Our Backs On A Generation Of Syrian Children

Gemma Chan | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Gemma Chan

Tomorrow, on March 15th, we will reach the 6th anniversary of the war in Syria. At that point this brutal conflict will have lasted for longer than WWII. At least 250,000 people have been killed and 5 million more have been made refugees, half of them children.

Irony Of Immigrant-Hating Troll's Thai Wife Prompts Disbelief

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK

An Observer film examining the lives of internet “trolls” has highlighted the remarkable case of an immigrant-hating Brit with a Thai wife. ‘The...

In The Era Of Fake News It's Essential We Listen To The Stories Of Children Like Emran

Jamie Roberts | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Jamie Roberts

Emran is an 11-year-old Afghan boy. He's speaks near perfect English. We're walking along a busy road in Central Europe, lined with seedy sex shops, dilapidated eateries and a grimy bus terminal. I'm filming him for a Channel 4 documentary - War Child - and he's been questioning me on the finer points of British culture for the past hour.

‘There Is No Us And Them': Why Power Structures Halt Social Justice Movements

Bethan Sproat | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Bethan Sproat

all women everywhere Bralo tells me that it is important to give a platform to refugees and migrants so that their voices are listened to, and action is taken to bring justice. But it's not as simple as it seems. This needs to be done in a meaningful way. We need to avoid these efforts being just tokenistic.

How My Charity Works With People Sleeping Rough From Non UK Countries

Petra Salva | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Petra Salva

Working with migrants who are sleeping rough is challenging and complex work. We often get asked about the approach we take and the partners we work with, in particular what our relationship is with the Home Office in such cases.

Is The West Failing To Uphold Their Response To Protect (R2P) Commitmnt

Lewis Barton | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

Western states have always prioritised domestic responsibilities over international ones, as all countries do. However, the gap between these responsibilities has never seemed so wide. Recent political events seem to suggest a possible cultural shift when it comes to Western states becoming embroiled with an international crisis.

It's Time To Change The Rhetoric On Immigration

Ged Grebby | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ged Grebby

President Trump has hit the ground running in terms of building 'fortress USA' and in doing so has failed to recognise the undeniably significant history of migration on which his beloved USA was founded and the contribution of migrants in helping to make America 'great'.

The Little Grecian Island Of Spinalonga

Lauren Medlicott | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Lauren Medlicott

I have recently finished a book called The Island by Victoria Hislop. A friend lent me this book following my repeated attempts at starting books that...

The Mayor Of Calais Has Banned Food Distribution To Refugees - A Response And A Plea For Harmony

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I feel the resolution to this refugee crisis, and all global crises is with kindness. There ultimately needs to be infrastructure to provide for the care of the refugees. Whether this is with the full support of major NGOs or the UN, or simply local communities welcoming refugees in with arms open.