UK Refugees

The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Bridey Watson | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Bridey Watson

Lets pass on these small acts of kindness, help them grow, and hopefully in the process, we facilitate, empower and inspire others to follow suit. There is immense power in the small part we can each play, together we will change the bigger picture.

The Refugee Community Kitchen

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

We all believe it is a moral duty to help those in need. Indeed, when I was last in Calais, this was put succinctly by a fellow volunteer who said (paraphrasing): "Being in the position to help, is exactly the same thing as being obligated to".

Rescue At Sea: The Inside Story Of A High Stakes Transfer

Daniel Stewart | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Stewart

Until the EU provides safe and legal routes for those seeking safer futures, people - including children like Tarek - will continue to risk their lives to reach the sanctuary of Europe. The 300 people on board the Vos Hestia will be far from the last, and the Mediterranean will continue to be a mass unmarked grave for children.

This General Election Is A Chance To Stand Up For Women's Rights

Girish Menon | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Girish Menon

As we head towards the election, all parties have an opportunity to show that they are willing to help take on the world's biggest challenges. This is why, as an international charity, we are speaking out. Not to promote one party or candidate over another, but because the stakes for the women and girls we work with around the world couldn't be higher.

I Know You Got Soul: How Volunteers Are Helping Refugees

Leigh McAlea | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Leigh McAlea

In the face of political inertia, rising xenophobia and hostility, and the abandonment of legal obligations to support refugees under existing international conventions, volunteers have transcended their traditional roles of providing add on support for 'professionals' and 'experts'. Instead, in many cases they are the main and only actors helping refugees and migrants not only to survive, but also to stop their humanity being stripped from them.

Hawa's Story: Empowering Women In North Cameroon

Larissa Schneider | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Larissa Schneider

"I have finally found a normal and desirable life. I am now able to save a bit of money so that I can provide a better life for my children." Yet it...

Syrian Refugees Given New Home In Canada Name Their New Baby Justin Trudeau

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK

A Syrian couple who sought refuge in Canada have named their child after the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Muhammad and Afraa Bilan arriv...

The Necessary Evil Of Syrian Child Labour In Lebanon

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK

Child labour amongst Syrian refugees is rife. From begging, manual - and often dangerous - labour, or searching for scrap metal on the streets, childr...

Rethinking Refugee Policy

Dominic Rohner | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Dominic Rohner

The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world topped 65 million in 2016, according to estimates by the UNHCR...

Letter From Iraq: Cutting Transatlantic Aid And Turning Away Refugees Is Immoral

Marcus Mumford | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK
Marcus Mumford

Young Americans and Brits in particular have a role to play. They can no longer chalk up bad policies to politicians backed by their parents. To those who say, we have enough problems at home without taking on these international challenges, we say, let us address both by tackling both. It's 'both and', not 'either or'. Our international policies, after all, are reflections of the state of our society's soul. Let's demand that our leaders represent our interests abroad by acting in the interests of those in need abroad.

When Voting 'Blanc' Is Voting White

Natasha Freidus | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Natasha Freidus

Don't vote for your privilege, vote against racism, vote against fascism, vote against Le Pen. Choose the chicken. It may not be ideal, but it's the reality. There are already enough plates of crap in the world.

Government Accused Of 'Consigning Refugees In Britain To Homeless And Hunger'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK

Refugees are being left homeless and destitute because Government policy fails to support them, a cross-party parliamentary committee has warned. Asyl...

Failing Children In Dunkirk

Lily Caprani | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

We must learn from what happened in Calais, when the UK showed it could do what it takes to get children to safety in a crisis. Similar support must be given to children in Dunkirk currently facing an uncertain future, to prevent these children disappearing and falling into the hands of traffickers looking to exploit them.

Election 2017: Here's How We Make Britain A Safe Haven For Refugees

Stephen Hale | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Hale

We need to ensure the voices of refugees and people seeking asylum in Britain are heard. Refugee Action will be sharing with our supporters and with prospective MPs of all parties the experiences of the people we work with and how their lives can be improved. This is an important opportunity for parties to make clear commitments to refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Easter Is About Service And Hope - Let's Show It To Refugees As Well

David Burrowes | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
David Burrowes

At Easter Christians will be remembering how Jesus Christ showed the ultimate service and hope of eternal life through his death and resurrection. Let us resolve to show some of that service by giving some of our most vulnerable a new life, and a hope for the future.

What Easter Has To Say To A Broken, Hurting World

Johan Eldebo | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Johan Eldebo

As we approach Easter, it's easy to look around and find a rather bleak, even devastating, picture of the world. There's famine in East Africa, with 16 million people on the brink of starvation and 22 million in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. The British public have been incredibly generous in their response but without even more funding, people are at risk of dying from hunger.

Devastation For Children In Dunkirk

Hayley Cull | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Hayley Cull

With the embers of the fire in Dunkirk still glowing, now is the time for our Home Office to act to ensure children are protected by our laws and kept away from smugglers and traffickers. The horror faced by children in these awful camps can be ended by changing our Immigration Rules to ensure there is a sustainable legal process for getting children to the safety of their extended family in the UK when they are forced to leave their home.

The Fires In Dunkirk Were An Entirely Preventable Catastrophe

Benny Hunter | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Benny Hunter

The only home had by some 1,500 men women and children has been reduced to ashes. This is a dire and deeply tragic situation, that was entirely preventable. It is important to remember, these are not criminals to be interned, but individuals experiencing the deepest tragedy of their lives, fleeing war, persecution and violence. They don't need our pity, but they deserve dignity and respect, because without this, their suffering will only be intensified.

Dramatic Images Show Huge Fire Reduce Dunkirk Refugee Camp To 'Heap Of Ashes'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK

A French refugee camp housing around 1,500 people has burned to the ground. The Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk caught fire on Monday night. Dramatic ...

Bulldozing The Calais 'Jungle' Did Not Solve The Challenge Of Migrants On The Move - It Merely Displaced It

Diane Abbott | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Child refugees have been emphatically failed by the British government. Wanting to help children is a worthy impulse. But in the end we have to engage with, both the children and, their families. Waves of migrants are moving across Western Europe driven by war and famine. So far European governments have tried to deal with the problem with barbed wire, walls, bulldozing encampments and criminalising the migrants themselves. There has to be a better and more sustainable response. We need much more genuine co-operation between European governments, whether they are in Schengen or not. Sadly, with Britain leaving the EU, better co-operation seems further away than ever.

Croydon Attack: We Know Britain Is Better Than This

Stephen Hale | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Stephen Hale

This appalling incident contrasts with much of our experience at Refugee Action. Every day we see the generosity of people in Britain. Individuals, schools and companies contact us to ask how they can volunteer, donate and campaign to improve the lives of refugees living here.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

Refugees Got Talent

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Theopi Skarlatos

When I first decided to make this film the one question that kept repeating itself in my head was this: what does a person do, when they feel like the...

Siege, Transfer And Occupation In Syria - The Evacuation Of Al Waer

Chris Doyle | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Doyle

The story of the evacuation and transfer of Syrians from Al Waer sums up so much of what is going on in Syria in 2017 - a mix of siege, bombings, forcible transfer and foreign occupation.

Immigrants Make America Great

Ashish Prashar | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Our leaders must remember that immigrants have created some of our largest companies, built America's global dominance and if we created barriers to bringing talent to the US the likes of Apple and Google wouldn't exist today. The immigrants who did important, world-changing things did them here because this country welcomed them and that's what makes America so great!