UK Refugees

An Update From Calais And The Refugee Community Kitchen

Arthur Peirce | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

A few months ago I wrote about the work of Refugee Community Kitchen, a charity in Calais responsible for providing food to the hundreds of refugees in and around the city and Dunkirk. Since 2015 RCK has prepared, cooked, and delivered almost 600,000 meals. They serve hot, nourishing food daily, and like most of the refugee charities in Calais, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers.

Partnering To Get Every Child Learning

Kevin Watkins | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Kevin Watkins

The world is witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record since World War II. Of the unprecedented 65.3 million people forced from th...

The Violence In Myanmar Yet Again Highlights The Inability Of The International Community To Address Conflict

Steve Valdez-Symonds | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Steve Valdez-Symonds

The shocking escalation of violence of the Myanmar army directed at the Rohingya population in that country yet again highlights an inability of the international community to prevent and address repression and conflict. More than 400,000 people have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in barely three weeks. The Rohingya have suffered systematic discrimination in Myanmar for decades. Now the army is targeting their homes and villages, burning them to the ground.

How UNICEF Is Helping Rohingya Children Fleeing Violence

Mark Devlin | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Mark Devlin

It's hard to imagine how things have gotten so much worse for the Rohingya children in Cox's Bazar over the last few months. When I was there this su...

Myanmar Refugees: There Is No Greater Toll Than The Loss Of Life

Imran Madden | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

At the point where so many seek a new life, for too many it marks the end of theirs - surely a toll too high to pay.

Millions Of Refugee Children Are Out Of School And At Risk Of Being Left Behind

Filippo Grandi | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK
Filippo Grandi

The world's growing refugee crisis is not only about numbers. It is also about time. There are 17.2million refugees under UNHCR's mandate, and half of them are under the age of 18. By the end of 2016, some 11.6million refugees were in a state of "protracted displacement" - meaning that they were in situations where at least 25,000 people have been forcibly displaced for more than five years. For 4.1million refugees, exile has lasted for 20 years or more.

Why I'm Using GoFundMe To Tackle The Psychological Crisis Of Refugee Children And How You Can Help Me

Zarlasht Halaimzai | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK
Zarlasht Halaimzai

Yasin is five years old. When I meet him he is attending a session at Baytna (meaning "Our Home" in Arabic) with his two year old brother and his mother who is pregnant. Yasin's father is missing. At the session children play, learn and socialise. But none of these activities come easily to him. He is withdrawn, rarely communicative and clings to his mother.

No One Can Agree Who Is On This Boat

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK

Working aboard the Aquarius is a “grim job” - and that’s direct from the mouth of one of the search and rescue (SAR) ship’s hands. For a perio...

As Classrooms Reopen For The New Year, We Are No Nearer To Ensuring Every Child Receives An Education

Mubarak Al-Thani | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Mubarak Al-Thani

September is here and once again that back-to-school feeling seems to seep into my consciousness. As my mind wanders, I find myself reminiscing about those first few days when the books smell new and the shoes still shine. We spend over a decade leaping from one classroom to the next, at an institution many look back on with fondness, others with unease. As time passes, however, school becomes an intrinsic part of our collective memory.

The Refugee Crisis Is Still A Thing

Georgia Handley | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Georgia Handley

We cannot forget about the refugee crisis, we cannot forget about the violence in war torn countries and we cannot forget about the deaths of children.

It's Two Years Since Alan Kurdi's Body Washed Ashore - And Refugees Are Still Being Forgotten

Josie Naughton | Posted 02.09.2017 | UK
Josie Naughton

People are still drowning trying to find sanctuary, refugee families will once again, two years on, be sleeping in tents in Europe this winter. Women in Greece still have no nappies for their children, families unable to reunite because of bottlenecks in systems. A generation of children are growing up without an education. We in Western Europe live in of the wealthiest corners of the world, and it is heartbreaking that our leaders and organisations whose job it is to work in crises like this are no closer to helping those who need it most.

Why Stopping NGOs Won't Solve The Crisis In The Mediterranean

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK

Despite being locked in a fierce battle fought on social media and played out in real life on the Mediterranean, there is one thing migrant-rescuing N...

Protecting The Rights Of Children On The Move In Bangladesh

Mark Devlin | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK
Mark Devlin

Children in Shamlapur settlement The plight of the marginalised Rohingya people of Myanmar has sporadically hit the headlines over recent years but t...

Remembering Alice: Refugees in Uganda Then And Now

Nikki van der Gaag | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Nikki van der Gaag

Twenty years ago, Nikki van der Gaag, now Director of Gender Justice and Women's Rights at Oxfam, visited Ikafe, a refugee settlement in northern Ugan...

One Million Refugees. One Million Needless Tragedies

Carey Lodge | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Carey Lodge

Uganda is now hosting one million South Sudanese refugees © World Vision 2017 It's been one year since Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in northern Uga...

Two NGOs Forced To Suspend Rescue Operations Due To Threats From Libyan Navy

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK

UPDATE: Save the Children becomes third NGO to suspend operations. PRESS RELEASE: We've been forced to pause our search & rescue ops in the Med. Live...

A Refugee Rescue Boat Has Been Sent To Help Anti-Refugee Group Defend Europe

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK

UPDATE: Defend Europe’s technical problem has been resolved and they are once again on their way The ship chartered by Defend Europe has suffered a...

Defend Europe Is Being Trolled By The Very People It Wants To Stop

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK

The Defend Europe mission is raising a few eyebrows after a prolonged period of silence and an apparent stalling of its voyage. The ship chartered by ...

7 Things The Defend Europe Mission Has Achieved So Far

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK

Defend Europe has been at sea for nine days now, well into its mission to “expose NGOs” operating migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean. The c...

I Met Defend Europe To Try And Work Out What The Hell They're Doing

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK

Simon Wald is on a mission to ‘Defend Europe’. The tall, fair-haired, multi-lingual, 30-year-old German makes an almost comical sight in the bakin...

Defend Europe Approaches NGO Rescue Boat With Bizarre Radio Request

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK

AQUARIUS, Mediterranean Sea - The ship chartered by a far-right group to “monitor the doings of NGOs” in the Mediterranean has reached the search ...

UN Urges Britain To Take More Refugees

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK

Britain should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN’s ...

I Came To The UK As A Child Alone. Now I Am Saving Lives Miles Away Using Telemedicine

Dr Waheed Arian | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Dr Waheed Arian

I have also been incredibly lucky to be given all these opportunities in the UK, especially by our amazing NHS, which I value more everyday as I compare it first-hand with other healthcare systems in the world. Our charity enables us to bring global learning and research to the NHS, especially from overseas systems, as well as interesting cases and data. I have always wanted to give back to the NHS on a massive scale.

These 8 Horrific Deaths Lay Bare The Near-Impossible Decisions Facing NGO Rescue Ships

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK

CATANIA, Sicily - The agonising deaths of eight people in the Mediterranean yesterday has laid bare the near-impossible decisions facing NGOs operatin...

Aid Groups Split Over New Rules On Migrant Rescues In Mediterranean

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK

CATANIA, Sicily - NGOs are split over a new code of conduct on the rescue of migrants making the perilous sea journey from Libya to Europe. Three aid ...