UK Refugees

Scrapping the Minister for Refugees Shows Theresa May's Government Is Shrinking Away From Its Role in Solving the Refugee Crisis

Tim Farron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The minister, amongst other things, oversaw the implementation of Britain's commitment to take 20,000 Syrian refugees from the region and an additional 3,000 vulnerable refugee children from the Middle East over the course of this Parliament. This process was already moving at a snail's pace - by the end of March of this year only 1,602 people had been resettled in the UK. Now, with no one holding the ball on this issue you have to wonder how anyone can remain optimistic that we will hit this target.

May Under Fire For Axeing 'Minister For Syrian Refugees' Post

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May has come under fire for axeing the ‘Minister For Syrian Refugees’ post created by David Cameron. The Prime Minister quietly made the c...

When the Skill of Questioning Is Listening: Interviewing Refugees in Europe

Katy Williams | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Katy Williams

Having recently undertaken the perilous journey from Damascus to Berlin, researcher and filmmaker Reem Karssli - now seeking asylum in Germany - had a strong connection with the people she interviewed for BBC Media Action's research into the communication needs of refugees in Europe.

#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...

World Population Day: Building a Sustainable Future

Simon Ross | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Simon Ross

We know that population growth exacerbates every challenge we face. To address that, population growth, which is continuing at 80 million a year, should no longer be accepted as inevitable. Instead, we should mark World Population Day by calling on people to have smaller families and advocating for policies that support them, both in the UK and abroad, so that we can build a sustainable future with a healthy environment and decent living standards for all.

What's Next?

Katherine Press | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

The first thing I read upon waking today was a twitter alert about the shooting of Philando Castile. Yesterday my morning news was of Alton Sterling. I sat and cried wondering what we can do, when would we start making this world better instead of breaking it apart?

In Changing Times Britain Must Play Its Full Part in Supporting Refugees

Stephen Hale | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

Wow. We certainly live in changing times. As the dust settles, Britain must play its full part in the global response to the refugee emergency and use this unsettling period to renew our commitment to helping people rebuild their lives in safety. The EU Referendum is of course the most momentous of the many changes in recent weeks. But it's not a turning point for Britain's approach to asylum seekers and refugees. UK refugee policy is made in London not Brussels.

A Global Welcome

Angela Junanto | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Angela Junanto

I have lived in many places. Togo, France and Indonesia have all been my home and I know that when we move to a new country, a warm welcome makes all the difference.

From Syria With Love

Alison Williams | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Alison Williams

Ahmad is a Syrian Kurd who fled Isis. After his death-defying escape from Syria, he arrived in the UK via the region's refugee camps, offered sanctuary in the UK through the government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and has received the warmest of welcomes thanks to the people of Totnes.

Sands of Time: The World's Largest Refugee Camp Turns 25

Luke Browne | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Luke Browne

Most conflicts now burn on for an average of 37 years, and those uprooted by them are crying out for a humanitarian response that reflects this. If a new deal for Kenya is realised over the coming months, Dadaab may no longer remain an anachronism. It could, with the right imagination, political drive and institutional support, come to represent the future.

Post-Brexit: Tackling of Inequality and Hatred Must Be Priorities

Qari Asim | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

There is no doubt that the repercussions of this historic vote will be felt for many years, and potentially decades, to come. But this decision of over 17 million people must be respected and we must remain positive. Now is not the time for fall outs. Unity, stability, reconciliation and tackling of inequality and bigotry must be our priorities post-Brexit.

The Referendum Has Been a Victory for Scaremongering... But No-One Else Has Won

Kate Milner | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Milner

Like many people, it's taken me a while to get my thoughts together post-Referendum. It's been four days and no, I'm still not over it. It's hard to get over it when all around seems to be crumbling.

Brexit Was Just Like Hansel and Gretel, But With Nigel Farage Instead of the Cannibalistic Witch

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

Ironically, anti-immigration press attention could counteractively lead to the type of homegrown terrorism its readers are seeking to prevent. While there appears to be no single reason to account for what leads a person onto the path of extremism, there is a close-knit relationship between marginalisation and radicalisation.

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

Reflecting on World Refugee Day 2016

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Women, who are among the most disadvantaged, have become responsible for protecting and providing for themselves and their children with next to nothing in hand yet they bring enormous resilience to the task of survival and step courageously outside traditional roles to keep families afloat. That's why we must continue to invest in these solutions.

The EU Referendum: Tories Sharpen Their Cutlasses Whilst The Baby Learns To Swim

Karl Davis | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Karl Davis

So it would appear that the 'Leave' campaign has been victorious. Four long months of propaganda, mistruths, and barely veiled xenophobia have managed...

Refugee Week - The Other Major Event This Week

Bishop Paul Butler | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Bishop Paul Butler

This is a momentous week for Britain. Undoubtedly the contentious issue of migration, both internally in the EU and from the rest of the world, will b...

Designing Technology Solutions for Pregnant Refugees in Transit

Audrey Henkels | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Tech
Audrey Henkels

Last month, a fisherman in Lesvos, Greece told me that there have always been refugees coming. The past 16 years, they've been coming. The big difference now is that women and children are coming too. With women refugees come new challenges, one of which is pregnancy.

Jo Cox Was a Champion of Humanity and I'll Miss Her

Leo Gibbons-Plowright | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Gibbons-Plowright

It feels strange being heartbroken over the passing of someone you never met. Yet Jo Cox rekindled my faith in politicians and for that I'll be forever grateful. I know her legacy will inspire me for years to come.

Over Half of Students at Oxford Are Supporting Refugees

Thais Roque | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thais Roque

Do you remember the image of two-year-old Aylan Kurdis' body on a Turkish beach, which shook social media? How did you feel when you looked at it? Did you feel angry? Sad? Powerless? I will tell you what I felt: I felt tired of seeing everyone sharing this awful image, and feeling bad. I felt that only sharing those images wouldn't help preventing more awful images from being created; it wouldn't help to change the situation. And that is what I wanted: I wanted to be able to help.

Why Brexit Would Be Good News for Refugees - More Control Means More Compassion

David Burrowes | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Burrowes

Leaving the EU does not mean leaving our historic and international obligations to refugees. In fact I believe outside of the EU we can continue to take the lead in our compassionate response to refugees and provide more support in cooperation with our European and International partners. I look forward on Thursday to voting to Leave the EU for more control and more compassion for refugees.

Tech for Good: Food for Purpose

Liv Sibony | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Tech
Liv Sibony

Food. It nourishes our demanding bodies, reminds us of the nostalgic home and people we once shared it with; and it is the rope that ties us to our cultural identity. We are served generous portions of it by our local curry restaurant, and we serve it proudly from our own kitchens to our friends and loved ones.

I Never Met Jo Cox, But I Wish I Had. May She Rest in Peace, And May We Carry Her Banner of Love

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Jo Cox spent almost all her adult life devoted to the same two causes to which I have devoted mine: humanitarian aid and human rights, and politics. And she was the same age as me. Indeed, we were only eight days apart.

Paris, City of Blight, City of Forgotten Refugees

Natasha Freidus | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

Whether the new camp promised by Mayor Hidalgo will improve the situation remains to be seen. In the meantime, the crisis is acute with volunteers from throughout Europe sending hygiene kits, sleeping bags, and tents to provide aid. Aid to the refugee camps -- in the green gardens of Paris.

Why I Had to Help Welcome Refugees

Ruth Connelly | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Ruth Connelly

I went on holiday to Syria in 2009, two years before war broke out. I was visiting my Syrian father-in-law with my husband Tarek and our one-year-old ...