UK Refugees

Why We Put Our Calais Migrant Attack Video Online

Teun Voeten | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Teun Voeten

Co-authored with Maaike Engels Friday January 15th, on our last day of shooting for our documentary 'Calais: Welcome to the Jungle' we were attacked ...

Significant Support From Syria Donor Conference, But Political Solution Urgently Needed

Imran Madden | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Imran Madden

They deserve a better future wherever they are in exile and more importantly, prospects for a more peaceful future in their homeland. The international community must keep up the momentum after this conference and do everything they can to pursue a lasting political solution.

Supporting Syrians - Beyond the Pledges

Omar Ali | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Omar Ali

Preparation for the rebuilding of Syria must be on the agenda. Whilst it has been easy to regard the current crisis as political calamity, it is just as important to know that any future stability, peace and prosperity in the region rests upon humanity providing for the suffering people of Syria today - optimistically I hope, this vision is shared by parties that have pledged for Syria's future.

Human Rights Crisis in Dunkirk as Refugees Face Squalor and Chaos

Naomi Westland | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Naomi Westland

No-one knows who's here and anyone can simply walk in. In the chaos, many - including children, whether they are with their parents or not - are at huge risk of abuse and exploitation. Even when people have lodged asylum claims in France, the system is so slow that some give up waiting and try their luck jumping into the back of a lorry to cross the Channel. People smugglers live here, we were told, and gang rivalries sometimes erupt into violence, making already vulnerable people even more so.

Words From Starving Refugees Remind Us What's At Stake At Today's Syria Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Stories from Syrians going hungry in refugee camps are a bitter reminder of why world leaders' peace talks for the country's civil war today are so es...

Louise Ridley

Meet The Couples Whose Love Conquered War, Torture And Life On The Streets

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

In a world where violence, fear and insecurity dominate the news, one constant remains. Amid the most challenging of situations, people still m...

Cameron Announces 'New Approach To Disaster In Syria'

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Politics

The UK will invest at least an extra £1.2billion to fund education, jobs and humanitarian protection in Syria and the region, David Cameron has annou...

Training To Wrestle Could Be This Refugee's Ticket To A Better Life

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Bassam, a 14-year-old living in Jordan, has big dreams of becoming a wrestler. But the teenager has more hurdles to jump than others his age, as he is...

Ensuring There Is No Lost Generation for Syria

Lily Caprani | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

I visited Za'atari refugee camp and met children who have fled Syria for their lives. I heard the same tales of losing homes, their schools and their friends. And stories of unimaginable violence and danger. These children should be going to school and playing with their friends, dreaming of what they want to be when they grow up. These children are the future of Syria and they urgently need protection and the chance of an education before a whole generation is lost to the conflict.

The UK Must Recognise Eritreans as the Refugees That They Are

Freshta Sharif | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Freshta Sharif

We have all heard about the terrible situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq causing people to risk their lives and make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. However, what I have sadly come to realise is that not so many of us have heard much about the Eritreans also making this crossing.

Short-term Politicking Will Not Resolve the Syria Crisis and Exodus to Europe - Commitment to Shared Societies and Long-term Action Will

Simon O'Connell | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

Segregating societies, isolating nations, closing borders and seizing valuable possessions from vulnerable people is not the answer. The London conference provides a crucial opportunity to show real leadership and to adopt a holistic approach to addressing both the crisis in Syria and resultant flight of hundreds of thousands of human beings to Europe. We can and must rise to the challenge.

Dear Syria Conference Delegate...

Frances Guy | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Frances Guy

Your government's pledge to fund is important to all Syrians wherever they are, but money in itself will not be enough. Host governments need to be encouraged to make policy changes that will help refugees regain hope: hope that their daily lives can be lived with dignity and hope that one day soon they will be able to go home.

MP Tells Of Discovering 'Awful' State Of Greek Island Lesbos

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK

A Conservative MP has revealed the "awful" state of the Lesbos migrant crisis after she visited the island last week. Heidi Allen and a pair of Co...

The Human Face of Economics, via Davos and Rochdale

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Freeman

The pristine white snow and luxury hotels of the Swiss town of Davos formed the backdrop recently to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum; the most significant gathering of the planet's foremost economic, business and political brains. Three days of speeches, discussions and dinners that truly have an influence of global proportions...

At the London Conference on Syria, European Leaders Must Not Pass the Buck on Need to Protect Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

Above all, amidst discussions on the Syrian crisis David Cameron must not lose sight of Britain's own proud tradition of protecting refugees. Indeed it was British lawyers who helped draft the Refugee Convention - which has saved millions of lives. Now is the time for us to live up to it.

Ai Weiwei Posed As Drowned Alan Kurdi And It's Been Divisive To Say The Least

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous photo of a drowned Syrian toddler as part of an art project that has sharply divided opinion. We...

More Than 10,000 Refugee Children Are 'Missing' In Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK

More than 10,000 child refugees have disappeared since arriving in Europe, with many likely to have fallen into the hands of traffickers, the EU's cri...

Hamlet Is Going To Be Performed In The Calais 'Jungle'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

A top theatre company is to put on a performance of Hamlet in the Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle. Shakespeare’s Globe is to perform the ...

The European Union's Reckless Quarrels With Greece

Jo Simmons | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

Compromise is required by both sides. In his comments about 'flooding' Europe, Kammenos made no effort to disguise the fact that this 'policy' was informed by vengeance only, saying "if they strike us, we will strike them." And while some Greeks may feel they have the moral high ground, the EU states must be careful to ensure the same contagion isn't infecting their thinking too.

Here's Why Cameron's ‘Bunch of Migrants' Comments Are Dividing The Nation

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

When David Cameron stood at the Commons despatch box yesterday and dismissed those camped in Calais as a "bunch of migrants", debate over the rhetoric...

Anne Frank's Step-Sister: "I Blame the World for the Holocaust, I Blame the World for the Refugee Crisis."

Adam Jung | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Otto Frank was Eva Schloss's step-father, and Anne Frank, the diarist through which most American children learn of the Holocaust, was her step-sister. In 1990 she co-founded the Anne Frank Trust in the UK where she still sits as the organization's honorary lifetime president.

Why the Greek Ultimatum Is Ultimately Idiotic

Maudie Fraser | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

The EU is about unity, alliance and mutual support, and I am a backer of it in that capacity, but this dog-eat-dog backstabbing is corroding its very foundations and questioning the validity of the very high regard in which the rest of the world holds us.

Eight Weeks to Regain Control of the Migrant Crisis

Timothy Kirkhope | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Timothy Kirkhope

If 2015 was the EU's annus horribilis, 2016 is in danger of becoming the annus terribilis. The situation in the Middle East cannot be controlled, but our response can be. If we go back to another year of grand gestures on one side, and inaction on the other, the EU will continue to be paralysed in the face of its greatest challenge yet. It can reduce the impact of this crisis by focusing on what works, and on policies that are tough but fair for those people and those countries that play by the rules.

Moria: When UN Camp Failed, Volunteers Built Their Own

Ralph Burgess | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Ralph Burgess

If you need convincing that its the volunteers keeping refugees alive as they land in Europe, you need look no further than Moria. Moria is the only place in Lesbos where volunteers haven't been able to lead the response.

Peter Capaldi Has A Very Simple Answer To Those Questioning Refugees' Motives

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK

Actor and philanthropist Peter Capaldi has recorded a powerful but simple message in support of refugees, after a visit to a camp in Jordan with the U...