UK Refugees

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 ...

On World Refugee Day, Let's Listen to the Voices of Refugees

Mike Noyes | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

As thousands of refugees continue to flee war zones and persecution in search of safety in Europe, and the EU debates how to deal with the worst refugee crisis since the second world war, it's the voices of refugees themselves that have been absent.

Britain Cannot Turn Its Back On A Problem That They Were A Part Of Creating.

Vanessa Berhe | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vanessa Berhe

I am not asking you to open your hearts, I am not asking you to imagine what it would have been like to be a refugee. I am not even asking you to imagine what it was for that Eritrean woman who drowned in the Mediterranean while giving birth. I am simply asking you to look at your life, your country and your place in the world.

With Refugee Children Forced to Live in Squalor in Forests We Ask - Is This Really 21st Century Europe?

Lliana Bird | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Lliana Bird

Today is World Refugee Day, yet for the 65.3million people across the world currently displaced today is no different from any other day. Fareed means "alone" in Arabic, but together we can stand in solidarity with refugees across the world, not only today, but every day.

The British Response to Refugees - The Better Side of Us

Daniel Singleton | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

What is clear is that the referendum debate is not a narrow discussion of whether we want to remain in the EU or not. Underneath the presented issues of In and Out, the civil war in the Conservative party, the loss of the working class by the Labour party and the near silence of the Lib Dems, is a more fundamental question - what sort of country do we want to be? Neither Remain nor Leave has won the moral high ground, as neither of them has tried to take it.

Step by Step the Gates of Europe Closed

Zoe Gilchrist | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zoe Gilchrist

The only thing certain about the refugee crisis in Idomeni, Greece is you never know what is going to happen next. Idomeni was the first official land border crossing for Afghani, Iraqi and Syrian refugees traveling from the Greek islands to Northern Europe. And after two months of working in Idomeni everyday (bar one) I thought I understood the situation. Nothing however prepared me for the crisis that unfolded next.

UK Must Act Now to Protect the Children of Calais and Dunkirk From the Horror of Exploitation

Michael Sheen | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Today the cost of crossing the English Channel has never been higher. Unicef's research estimates that smugglers and traffickers are now charging between £4,000 and £5,500 per person but for unaccompanied children, unable to pay these huge sums of money, this has forced them to take even more significant risks from committing crimes to raise the money to hiding in the back of refrigerated lorries.

The Best Kind of Crazy.

Natasha Freidus | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

A few months ago, another volunteer told me "We're all a little bit of the best kind of crazy." She was right of course; it takes a certain lack of co...

Three Men Rescued In English Channel Believed To Be Iranian Nationals

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK

Three men who are believed to be Iranian nationals have been rescued in the English Channel. The three men were in a small boat when they got into tro...

Volunteers Report: Nine Days of Food Left for Refugees in Chios

Natasha Freidus | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

Today marks the first in the Prosper series, "Voices from the Field" in which we'll share direct testimonies from refugee aid volunteers in various pa...

Kick-off Time for Euro 2016

Lord Bassam | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Bassam

Later this week, and elsewhere in France, EURO 2016 will kick off. One thing we know for certain is that wherever you are from in the world, there is a fair chance you'll like football. With this in mind and to mark the start of the tournament, my wife Jill and I will dedicate our weekend to bringing some practical support and hopefully a bit of fun to those young refugees.

Reducing Duplication of Efforts in the Refugee Crisis

Natasha Freidus | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Natasha Freidus

One family needed a fridge, another needed size four diapers, another little boy had no sandals, and everyone could use regular food deliveries. The needs changed week to week, day to day. People wanted to help, they just didn't know how.

Learning to Smile Again: Saving Lives and Relieving Suffering in Al-Dora, Iraq

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

Nine-year-old Haneen has not eaten for days and often cries herself to sleep. Born with physical disabilities, Haneen is unable to hear, speak or walk since birth - issues that would be challenging in any environment, let alone in a camp outside of Baghdad for people who have fled their homes.

Army on the Streets: The Daily Reality of Brussels Life

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm sitting just ten feet away from two Belgian soldiers, as I begin writing this article (it'll be a week before I find the time to finish it). My brother would recognise their weapons immediately; I don't. They carry handguns in a holster and a what appears to be at least a semi-automatic rifle strapped across their chests.

Jon Snow Tells School Children The Most Terrifying Moment Of His Career

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK

Jon Snow has described thinking he was "going to die" on a refugee boat, while being interviewed by primary school children in a studio made of cardbo...