UK Refugees

Why People Trafficking Must Not Be Allowed to Dictate Migration Policy

Steven Woolfe | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Desperate men, women and children are the modern chattels of the modern multi billion-dollar slave trade in people trafficking. This business according to UN research is worth $15billion dollars a year and involves the control or forced labour of 20million persons.

From Refugee to Aid Worker - Reflections From the Frontline of Response in War Torn South Sudan

Joseph Ngamije | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Joseph Ngamije

When I was 11 years old, I was forced to become a refugee in my own country, Rwanda. I could see how innocent children and mothers suffered from a conflict they have never started. People died including my own brother. Innocent children were massacred. From then on, I developed a spirit of giving justice to those who are helpless, giving a voice to the voiceless, giving protection to the most vulnerable.

Are We a Less Caring Country Now?

Bob Morgan | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Quite rightly there is a debate to be had on controlling immigration or even knowing how many people are coming to the UK - but bringing in a certain number of refugees is not about uncontrolled immigration and the two should not be confused.

Yazidi Refugees in Syria: Lifesaving UNICEF Supplies Delivered

Razan Rashidi | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

"We walked for more than 20 hours with no food or water," says Juan, an adolescent girl who arrived at Nawrouz refugee camp in north-east Syria three days ago, along with eight family members. Juan is from the Yazidi minority group, many of whom are fleeing to Syria from the mountains of Sinjar in Iraq.

One Of The Most Dramatic And Harrowing News Reports You'll See From Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

This is the incredible moment a TV reporter casts aside his professional veneer to help desperate Yazidi refugees climb aboard a helicopter fleeing th...

Reporting Back From Visiting Malian Refugees in Burkina Faso with UNHCR

Rokia Traoré | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK
Rokia Traoré

Last month, I visited Goudoubo camp in Burkina Faso with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Here I met Malian refugees who fled their country after conflict broke out in the North in early 2012. There are over 34,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso - most of whom are from northern Mali.

Jessica Elgot

Couple Spend Life Savings On Boat And Drones To Stop Migrant Deaths In The Med

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Regina Catrambone was enjoying the July sunshine on her boat off the coast of Italy's Lampedusa when something caught her eye, a winter jacket floatin...

The Threat of Isis Cannot Be Overstated

James Snell | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Conventional wisdom, steeped as it is in years of de facto political homogeneity, would have you know that the 'War on Terror', as that nasty man George Bush grandly called it, was either misguided, pointless or actively detrimental towards the end it was claimed to champion.

The Curse of the Female Gender in North Korean Party Rhetoric and Beyond

Niki O'Brien | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Niki O'Brien

These statements against Guen-hye's gender are far from unusual as a by-product of the sexist nature of the North Korean regime, and bring into view a much wider issue facing both female North Korean citizens and refugees - their systematic exclusion and increasing exploitation.

The High Court and the Unfair Detention of Asylum Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

They are locked up for days or weeks without access to a lawyer, not knowing what is happening... They receive the decision the next day. The refusal rate is 99%... "I was lucky... Many more have not been lucky. And justice should not depend on luck."

Seeking Asylum Is a Human Right, Not a Crime

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Imagine a country where, at the stroke of a pen and without any recourse to a judge, a faceless Government official can deprive someone of their liberty and, at the stroke of a pen, consign them indefinitely to what to all intents and purposes is a prison, without them having being charged with or convicted of any crime. That country is Britain. And if you thought that this use of state power was characteristic only of dictatorships or tyrannies, then think again, as it's happening here, on our doorstep, under our noses, without any fuss and certainly without any publicity.

Amnesty International Slams Lebanese Authorities Over Treatment of Palestinian Refugees

Luke McManus | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Luke McManus

Amnesty claims that authorities are arbitrarily denying entry to the country for Palestinian men, women and children. This unpredictable border policy is leading to some family members being let in, while others are left behind inside Syria.

Muslim Charitable Giving Multiplies in the Holy Month of Fasting

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Muslims in the country are 'Britain's top charity givers', giving an average of almost £371 each a year". Prime Minister David Cameron, in his video message to mark the start of Ramadan 2014, said "Here in Britain, Muslims are our biggest donors - they give more to charity than any other faith group."

'When You're a Refugee, the Power of Education Is Very Strong'

Mohamed Al-Kaisi | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mohamed Al-Kaisi

The news is terrible from Iraq right now, but it was in 2009 that things got very bad for me and my family. First, my dad was kidnapped, then the same thing happened to one of my brothers, who was also tortured. They were released - though my brother was kept in captivity for 53 days. They threw him out into the street and left him like a dog to find his own way home. We were forced to move to a different area of Baghdad.

If We Can't Cope With Asylum Seekers, How Will Mali?

Daniel Brett | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Left: Refugees And Displaced People in Mali, '000; Right: UN 2014-2016 Humanitarian Funding Plans for Mali, USDmn Source: UNOCHA, Business Monitor Int...

Thank you UKIP!

Bruce Goodison | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bruce Goodison

I've made a film called Leave to Remain - an odd title that displays the absurdly English wordplay that describes the 'permission' that the home office grants asylum seekers to give them 'leave' to 'remain' in this country either definitely or indefinitely. It's a fitting title for the wilfully confusing system that determines worthiness for refugee status.

How Are Anti-Asylum Arguments Justified?

Simon Goodman | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Goodman

Arguments against asylum seekers are designed to present their users as caring about others, fair and non-prejudiced, while at the same time supporting policies which seem to be quite the opposite.

Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Shami Chakrabarti

Refugees consistently face some of the toughest choices imaginable - whether to stay where they are and face rape, torture or death or leave behind their family, everything they have and know to embark on a dangerous - all too often fatal - flight into the unknown. Here's where I'm supposed to say: 'Imagine if it were you, facing such a choice. Imagine if it were your mother or brother". But you don't need to be patronised. We're all more than capable of empathy. Yet we continue to treat refugees with ignorance and even contempt. Why does our collective empathy so often fail to manifest in our treatment of such a vulnerable group?

How Will Britain Help Iraq's 500,000 New Refugees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

Britain is to give £3 million of aid to Iraq as the first step in dealing with the humanitarian consequences of the bloody insurgency by Islamist ext...

Syria's Sham Election, Tin-Pot Dictators and Arab Destiny

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Arab world's near-100% vote for a Presidential candidate With over 220,000 people dead since 2011 and the country literally reduced to rubble, Syria'...

When the Sun Comes Out, Syria's War Does Not Stop

Katie Welsford | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Katie Welsford

Standing in the shade of olive trees on a hill in north-west Jordan, the peaceful spring afternoon was suddenly shattered. From across the valley came the heavy thud of shelling from Syria's border villages.

Celebrating Refugees' Gifts

Maurice Wren | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

As their stories demonstrate so compellingly, refugees contribute hugely to the lives of everyone in the UK, by enriching our culture, our commerce and our communities, and by showing us that compassion is a hallmark of a strong and open society.

It's Unacceptable That New Refugees Face Homelessness and Destitution

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Being granted refugee status and leaving the nightmare of the asylum system behind should be a moment of relief; the starter gun to be able to rebuild your life in safety and come to terms with your traumatic experiences in your country of origin. But it's not.

New Refugees' First Steps Should Not Be Towards the Nearest Homeless Hostel

Lisa Doyle | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

"The 28 days is hard on refugees...all of a sudden in a country you don't know and then it stops and you don't know what you are going to do. It was such a surprise when I ended up without a bed to sleep in."

'Robinson Crusoe' Migrant Rescued From Makeshift Raft In English Channel

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

A young Afghan migrant, desperately attempting to reach Britain, attempted to sail across the channel on Robinson Crusoe-like raft of wooden planks, a...