UK Refugees

Refugee Crisis: Government Must 'Reach Out A Helping Hand', Says Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics

Labour has urged the Government to "look at the TV pictures today" and "show some humanity" over the Syrian refugee crisis by accepting vulnerable fam...

Britain's Asylum Policies Must Be Shaped by Our Best Traditions, Not Our Worst

Stephen Hale | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.

Swarm of People? Human Tsunami? The Words We Use to Frame Europe's Migrant Crisis Are Skewing Our Analysis

Elizabeth Kissam | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Elizabeth Kissam

Throughout the horrors of bodies found in a lorry in Austria and the drowning of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, the reporting and focus on Europe's migrant crisis has been unwavering. Certainly, the fact that this crisis is taking place so close to home justifies the sustained debate, but it doesn't explain the tone.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Celebrates 50 years of Fundamental Principles in Action

Amelia B. Kyazze | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Amelia B. Kyazze

Yet again, the Principles have proved their worth. In Vienna this week, we will gather to mark 50 years since their creation . This summer has shown us that whether people's crises spring from migration, conflict, natural disaster or any other emergency, these seven simple but brilliant tools are as powerful today as they were in 1965.

Theresa May Far More Dangerous Than Migrants

Benali Hamdache | Posted 07.10.2015 | 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 07.10.2015 | 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?

Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

Unni Krishnan | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

I ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up. Half raise their hands to be teachers, the rest want to be doctors and engineers. These children are the future. Despite all the challenges, all my visits to the Middle East have been inspiring. As the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish said, "on this land, we have what makes life worth living." The world failed Aylan. Can we help Amal make her life better?

Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities

Kurt Mills | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Kurt Mills

In Europe, there are attempts to remove even the humanitarian framing - identifying hundreds of thousands of people as migrants who simply want to come to take our jobs, rather than as those who are in desperate need of protection and other assistance. This is a dramatic failure of responsibility at all levels of political leadership.

Taking Emergency Supplies to the Bekaa Valley on the Syrian Border - A Holiday With a Purpose But It's No Hardship

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

Some months ago a conversation with a close friend turned into a bucket list of places we wanted to visit. Some surprise was registered when Beirut c...

Painful Collection Captures The Real Innocents Of Syria's Fleeing Displaced

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Tahira Mirza | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

These pictures are painful, they are distressing. The beauty of the photography contrasted with the tragedy of the subject matter is scarring. Taken b...

Stories of Hope and Humanity in the Calais 'Jungle'

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

The Camp has been developed in a way to suit the refugees living there. In the 'Jungle', the refugees have built a church, mosque, shops, a book store and even a night club. However, the living standards including personal hygiene is lacking, tremendously...

Concrete, Jungles and the Guts of Giants: A Day Trip to Calais

Brother Faisal Ibn Bertiyyah | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Brother Faisal Ibn Bertiyyah

This week, the Nation of OOOG paid a visit to 'the Jungle', the dubiously-named refugee camp on the outskirts of Calais. We took a route well-trodden ...

Charity Begins at Home, But Where's Home?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When did migration stop being a word for the seasonal movement of animals and birds and become the catch-all for a permanent change of life - whatever your past, whatever your circumstances?

Bilingualism: Social Phenomenon or Dangerous Trend?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Some people -- mainly ultra-conservative politicians -- say that the social phenomenon that is bilingualism is a danger for a nation's unity and claim...

Why We Need to Stop Blaming 'The Foreigners'

Anca Carter-Timofte | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anca Carter-Timofte

'Foreigners' is just a term we can use to group everyone who wasn't born in Britain together, allowing economic migrants and refugees become one faceless group. With no name or backstory it is easy to feed into the media frenzy surrounding immigration.

John Oliver Attacks 'Alleged Swine Fellatio Enthusiast' David Cameron & Fox News Over Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Comedy

John Oliver has once again tackled current affairs in his own perfect way, attacking the language used by "alleged swine fellatio enthusiast" David Ca...

Our Moral Duty to Help Save Fellow Human Beings

Qari Asim | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

The tragic conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis has culminated in the now sadly iconic image of Aylan Kurdi on the beach in Bodrum. It has caused much soul searching; for individuals, communities, and nations, about how best to support the millions of people desperately searching for safety.

Facebook Founder Wants To Bring The Internet To Refugee Camps

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook founder, Marc Zuckerberg, has announced plans to help the United Nations introduce the internet into refugee camps. Speaking at the United...

The Comment Section on the Refugee Crisis is an Unsurprisingly DARK Place

Lewis Barton | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Lewis Barton

For the last serval months, the ongoing refugee/migrant crisis has become the dominating story amongst European countries. Whether it is interviews wi...

Refugees Face Impossible Choices

Louise Finan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Louise Finan

For those of us who have been following the humanitarian fallout of the conflict in Syria and in Iraq, the distressing images of men, women and children seeking refuge throughout Europe come as no surprise.

Child Dies Near Channel Tunnel Entrance

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

A boy aged 15-17 has died near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Calais, after reportedly being hit by a freight train. A spokesman for Eurotun...

Let's Show Some Humanity and Accept Our Fair Share of These Refugees

Henry Wilkinson | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
Henry Wilkinson

Will someone please remind me when humans suddenly became intrinsically ranked in terms of importance? Oh wait, this never happened! So who gave the right for people to dehumanise these refugees from the most tormented homelands and turn them into an almost animal-like infection?

Louise Ridley

This Is What Is Happens To Syrian Refugees When They Arrive In The UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

The first of 20,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Britain yesterday, and have begun the intensive process of being settled into their new homes. Prime...

Bombing Islamic State, But Refusing Europe's Refugees: The UK Prefers Weaponry to Refuge

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

If the UK's airstrikes on Syrian targets lead to civilian deaths, panic and further refugee flows, who will be expected to look after those new refugees? Not Britain, presumably.

Hajj - A Model of Unity

Qari Asim | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.