UK Refugees

The Queen's Speech Presents An Opportunity To Help Refugees - We Urge The Government To Grab It With Both Hands

Maurice Wren | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Welcome news that the proposed legislation and policies for the next session of parliament as set out in Wednesday's Queen's Speech included a new Immigration Bill and a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. These present real opportunities to improve the lives of refugees - and we so hope the government grabs them with both hands.

Refugee Week: Female Refugees - The Silent Refugee Community

Lily Beaumont | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Lily Beaumont

Refugee week is an important time in which to reflect both upon the issues within refugee communities in the UK and upon how the UK society as a whole...

Remembering We Have More In Common This Refugee Week

Javed Khan | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

As tragedy after tragedy unfolds on our own doorstep here in the UK it becomes a little easier for me to imagine the kind of horror people fleeing war have experienced - the horror they are running from and the horrors they have seen while trying to get their families to safety.

World Refugee Day: Young People Are Building A Brighter, More Tolerant World

Anita Tiessen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Today is World Refugee Day. A poignant moment for us to reflect as the world grapples with the largest displacement of people since the Second World War.

Why The Muslim Charity Sector Should Increase Its Domestic Focus

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Britain is one of the richest and largest economies and is rightly known as the most charitable developed nation on earth. Sadly, despite this richnes...

Family Of Syrian Refugees Missing In Grenfell Tower Blaze

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK

UPDATE: The family has been confirmed as being unhurt in the fire. One of the daughters, Rawan, told the Independent the family is safe but has lost t...

What It's Like When Your Best Friend Is An Asylum Seeker

Jenn van Twillert | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK
Jenn van Twillert

I carry some of her pain with me, wherever I go. I will always be proud of her, whatever happens. I will always admire her resilience, patience, self-sacrifice and kindness. My hopes have grown weaker but the little braveness that is left says that one day we will share the same privileges and she will finally be allowed to hit the play-button of her own life.

What The 2017 Manifestos Say About Refugees

Dr Kate Ferguson | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Ferguson

The Conservatives promise to reform current asylum procedures, pledging to prioritise those who seek asylum from overseas rather than those who have reached the UK but are the only party that commit to reducing the country's refugee intake. This is what the 2017 party manifestos have to say about refugees and asylum...

Mass Atrocity Prevention Should Be A Priority For The Next UK Government

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Whether it's agenda setting, stopping or tacitly endorsing the death of thousands of civilians in places such as Yemen (where the UK sells weapons in support of Saudi Arabia), Britain's decisions, to act or not act, have colossal effects.

Why Integration Is For All Of Us

Olivia Darby | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Olivia Darby

Unity is a constant, worthwhile struggle. Let's try every day to create connections as Raheal did, break through barriers, and have the strength to question, reflect and demand more of ourselves.

Yazidi Villages Have Been Liberated, But The Community Still Needs International Support

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK
Louisa de Albuquerque

There is simply not enough qualified help and resource in the region to deal with the needs of those who have survived sexual torture and significant trauma. Yazidis have been victims of extremists for centuries and don't feel safe.

'Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For This Moment': The Emotional Scars of War

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Larissa Schneider

While the magnitude of suffering in Mosul is almost impossible to fully comprehend, I have witnessed incredible transformations that show the strength of the human spirit. In Mosul, people are engaged and committed to supporting their communities - helping us create a network that will have a lasting legacy for families in need.

The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Bridey Watson | Posted 07.06.2017 | 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 15.06.2017 | 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.