UK Refugees

Documenting the Ongoing Crisis in Calais

Amy Corcoran | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Amy Corcoran

A young woman with a beautiful smile approached us; she thought we worked at the women's shelter. She pointed towards the smouldering remains of her home as she asked for a space to sleep. What can I do for her except tell people she exists?

David Cameron's EU Renegotiation Hasn't Got Off To The Best Start

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK

EU leaders holding late-night talks in Brussels have agreed to receive tens of thousands of refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean from their home ...

Migration in the UK and EU: Facts and Figures

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.06.2015 | 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.

We Are Surely Not Yet a Nation Whose Instinctive Response Is to Say 'Our Door Is Closed'

Graham James | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Graham James

We must try to find sustainable long-term strategies which will address the underlying problems and help people to stay where in almost all cases they would rather be, namely their own home country. As the conflict continues in Syria, it should be acknowledged that the UK has committed £800million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items to people in desperate need in Syria and in the region. But safe and properly organised routes to humanitarian protection, for those who really need it, should also be part of the response.

Refugee Businesses Defy Scrounger Stereotype

Morgan Meaker | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Morgan Meaker

Entrepreneur Adnan Al-Khatib has spent the last five years trying to get his geo-location app up-and-running but its progress has been halted by the Syrian civil war.

World Refugee Day: A Crisis of Compassion

Johan Eldebo | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It is perhaps time to ask what kind of a society Europe is, and in what direction we want to move in. The political climate in much of Europe and the UK, having historically been open, is now harsh towards refugees and at risk of shutting its doors even more tightly.

Diving Into The Digital Lives of Refugees

Christopher Mikkelsen | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Christopher Mikkelsen

Faced with 59.5 million forcibly displaced people also forces the world to reconsider how we position ourselves in creating a future that does not become a holding pattern for misery, but rather a movement where we make the best of what we have.

Why Are the United Nations Doing Nothing to Prevent the Genocide of the Rohingya?

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sayed Bukhari

The international community, the UN, and the Muslim nations must act now to prevent a genocide which many observers have described as second only to the Holocaust. The concentration camps are well documented and there are several rumours of mass graves.

Search and Destroy Does Not Save Lives

Meinie Nicolai | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Meinie Nicolai

Europe has been quick and unified to launch a war on smugglers but has shown no political willingness to offer immediate alternatives to these dangerous journeys... Clearly, no political willingness exists in Europe to carry the legal responsibility to provide protection and assistance for people in distress calling for help in the waters just off European shores.

Why We Should Offer Jobs to Refugees Instead of Letting Them Die in the Mediterranean Sea

Klaus Schwertner | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Klaus Schwertner

Our solution is called magdas HOTEL. I know that we can't stop the dying of thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean just by open up one hotel, but we can show a different approach in dealing with questions of migration.

The UK Would Benefit From the EU Rescue Plan for Boat Refugees

Peter Lind | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Morally, but surprisingly, also financially, the UK can benefit from helping refugees. In other words, Great Britain can benefit from the EU rescue plan.

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 15.05.2015 | 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.

The Plight of Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Constitutes a Humanitarian Emergency

Mike Adamson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

We should bear that fact in mind before denying our responsibilities in this crisis. Migration and asylum claims are part of our modern world and we need to be pro-active in international collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination in order to preserve the right to seek international protection.

Drowning Not Waving: The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and Libya's Implosion

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Despite the outcry in recent weeks over the repeated drownings in the Mediterranean, surprisingly little has been said about the country most of the migrants and refugees are coming from: Libya. Which is odd, because the increasingly disastrous state of Libya is a key component to this tragedy.

London Is a Desert

Peter Lind | Posted 08.05.2015 | 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...

An Election Campaign With a Difference - The Billboards Celebrating Migrants and Refugees

Laura Padoan | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Laura Padoan

In recent weeks, commuters across Britain will have spotted a very different kind of poster on their way to work. The 'I Am An Immigrant' posters have appeared at 400 tube stations in London and 550 railway stations across the UK.

Farage Thinks 500,000 Terrorists Will Come To UK If We Try To Help Migrants

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage warned that half a million Islamist terrorists will travel to Britain under a proposed new EU migration and asylum policy. The Ukip le...

Cardinal Point on Kurdistan's Humanitarian Crisis

Gary Kent | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The influx into Kurdistan of over 100,000 Christians from Mosul as part of a wider exodus last August sparked immediate action by Christians in the capital, Erbil and internationally.

Do We Get the Hate-Filled News We Deserve?

Mark Hillary | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Mark Hillary

The UK has a problem with immigration. Even those who support migration have to concede that there are practical difficulties, such as a squeeze on school class sizes and GP waiting lists in areas where many new people have settled. This has boosted parties such as UKIP where a withdrawal from the EU - and therefore an end to free migration throughout Europe - is one of their major policies.

Words of Concern, Walls of Deterrence: Refugees Pushed Out to Sea

Aurélie Ponthieu | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Aurélie Ponthieu

In the last 15 years, the Mediterranean Sea has transformed into a graveyard for more than 20,000 migrants and refugees searching for protection and a better life in Europe. At least 3,500 people drowned close to European shores in 2014, many of them from Syria, Eritrea or sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, 500 people have lost their lives at sea, and that's before the summer period when the majority of people attempt the dangerous crossing.

April 7th Day of Solidarity: Syria, We Hear You

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Between now and April 7th, is an opportunity to further understanding of the events and the circumstances of this extreme violation of human rights. And on April 7th we can join with Planet Syria and innumerable groups and organizations in worldwide peaceful demonstrations of every kind to show international solidarity.

UKHIP's Calais Flotilla: Donations & Evictions

Amy Corcoran | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Amy Corcoran

On 28th March UKHIP's flotilla of solidarity made its way to Calais in a convoy which included a van full of donations - both given and bought with the funds raised by the crowdfunding campaign. Spirits were high as we made our way to the coast, two months of preparation finally coming together

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.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria Nobody Talks About

Jo Simmons | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

On March 28, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People's Democratic Party will square off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari of the All People's Congress party, in what could be the first democratic transfer of power since Nigeria's reestablishment of democracy in 1999.