UK Refugees

Cardinal Point on Kurdistan's Humanitarian Crisis

Gary Kent | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The influx into Kurdistan of over 100,000 Christians from Mosul as part of a wider exodus last August sparked immediate action by Christians in the capital, Erbil and internationally.

Do We Get the Hate-Filled News We Deserve?

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Mark Hillary

The UK has a problem with immigration. Even those who support migration have to concede that there are practical difficulties, such as a squeeze on school class sizes and GP waiting lists in areas where many new people have settled. This has boosted parties such as UKIP where a withdrawal from the EU - and therefore an end to free migration throughout Europe - is one of their major policies.

Words of Concern, Walls of Deterrence: Refugees Pushed Out to Sea

Aurélie Ponthieu | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Aurélie Ponthieu

In the last 15 years, the Mediterranean Sea has transformed into a graveyard for more than 20,000 migrants and refugees searching for protection and a better life in Europe. At least 3,500 people drowned close to European shores in 2014, many of them from Syria, Eritrea or sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, 500 people have lost their lives at sea, and that's before the summer period when the majority of people attempt the dangerous crossing.

April 7th Day of Solidarity: Syria, We Hear You

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Between now and April 7th, is an opportunity to further understanding of the events and the circumstances of this extreme violation of human rights. And on April 7th we can join with Planet Syria and innumerable groups and organizations in worldwide peaceful demonstrations of every kind to show international solidarity.

UKHIP's Calais Flotilla: Donations & Evictions

Amy Corcoran | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Amy Corcoran

On 28th March UKHIP's flotilla of solidarity made its way to Calais in a convoy which included a van full of donations - both given and bought with the funds raised by the crowdfunding campaign. Spirits were high as we made our way to the coast, two months of preparation finally coming together

Photo Story: Hong Kong's Most Vulnerable Holed Up in Squalid Slums

Tom Grundy | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

With families to look after and housing rents in Hong Kong among the highest in the world, some asylum claimants risk fines and imprisonment by working. For many, it is the only way to survive.

The Next Five Years: Let's Give Refugees the Support and Protection They Deserve

Stephen Hale | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

In just over six weeks, we'll wake up to a new Parliament. Immigration will doubtless be a prominent and divisive issue in the run-up to the election. What does this mean for the refugees that will come to Britain fleeing war and persecution over the next five years? The welcome we give to refugees to Britain during the next Parliament depends not on the outcome of the election, but on what happens once it is over. Whoever wins we need to impress on them, and on the public, that a fair and just asylum system is the right thing for Britain and the right thing for the asylum seekers that need our support and protection.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria Nobody Talks About

Jo Simmons | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

On March 28, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People's Democratic Party will square off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari of the All People's Congress party, in what could be the first democratic transfer of power since Nigeria's reestablishment of democracy in 1999.

Feminist and Fearless: in Praise of Refugee Women

Laura Padoan | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Laura Padoan

Women seeking asylum in the UK can also potentially find themselves in detention whilst their claim is being decided. For women who are already traumatised, being locked up can have a further devastating impact on their mental and physical health.

Immigration Detention: A Disproportionate Deprivation of Liberty

Maurice Wren | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Maurice Wren

If the government wants to prove it's serious about justice and protecting vulnerable people, then it will recognise that the detention estate is a product of the dark ages. Instead of tinkering with processes, Ministers should focus their efforts on consigning the whole system to the history books where it belongs.

Our Asylum System Is a Litmus Test of Our Humanity

Stephen Hale | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

Britain can and must provide asylum seekers and refugees with the protection and support they deserve. Its political parties must outline their proposals for an efficient and fair immigration and asylum policy, which reflects our national self-interest and the rights of those feeling war and persecution.

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

Students' Bid To Buy Castle To Give To Refugees Ends in Failure

Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A group of Aberdeen students' plan to open a 'Refugee Castle' for asylum seekers ended in tatters after they failed to raise the money needed to buy t...

Sexual Violence in North Korea: Giving a Voice to NK Refugees in the UK

Niki O'Brien | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK
Niki O'Brien

With a renewed international focus on human rights in North Korea, female refugees are increasingly sharing their stories, giving us a greater understanding of sexual violence and in subsequent countries of asylum.

Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean Deserve Protection, Not Russian Roulette

Carlotta Sami | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Carlotta Sami

Mhere is no reason at all for which people should risk their last hopes and often die at sea. The time has come for the EU institutions and Member States to step up their collective action to strengthen rescue operations, provide swift access to asylum procedures to those in need of international protection and increase legal alternatives to prevent people from having to undertake these dangerous sea crossings.

Syria's Refugees Not Hoping for a White Christmas This Year

Matthew Frost | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Matthew Frost

Only a week ago, I sat squashed into a tent filled with a family of fourteen Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon - surprised that even that much body heat could not thaw the freezing cold I felt...

No Child Should Grow Up With Such a Name

Barbara Jackson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Barbara Jackson

How does one react when being told that the name of a new born child of refugee parents means "one who has lost everything and whose people are eternally persecuted"? What do you say when you meet an infant whose name means "homeless"?

The Immigration Debate

Ade Adepitan | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ade Adepitan

Migration is a fact of life. Humans have moved around the world for hundreds of thousands of years. It's hard to blame someone for wanting to improve his or her circumstances. My parents made the same decision when they realised I had polio. After he came to London my father never saw his parents again. My mum and dad made huge sacrifices for which I will always be grateful.

Young Nations Need Support

Tony Baldry | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

The rarity of these new, liberal democratic nations is illustrated by the speculation in the media and elsewhere that a newly independent Scotland would have a lot to learn from three-year-old South Sudan. The inference is clear: Establishing a fully functional government and the apparatus of the state is a phenomenally difficult task.

Fifteen Years

Juliet Simmons | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Juliet Simmons

When someone is brave enough to make the decision to live rather than die shouldn't we help them? Don't we have some kind of obligation to provide safe haven, to help them rather than, as our government suggested, just last week, to let them just drown in the sea?

Students Plan To Buy £6m Castle - So Asylum Seekers Can Live There

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students are attempting to raise enough money to buy a £6m Scottish castle - so they can give it to asylum seekers to live in. The grou...

This Immoral Government

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I have rarely felt so ashamed, or so angry. David Cameron, it seems, regards it as a "moral duty" to cut taxes - but not to save desperate migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean. By comparison, Marie Antoinette ("let them eat cake") was compassion incarnate.

The Promised Land

Mary Turner | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Mary Turner

These bones from arid countries that have walked, run, climbed, crawled, sailed, clung on and hidden for two years on the journey from Africa and the Middle East to reach their promised land, the United Kingdom... when winter comes, having made it this far, if it is an unkind one, some will almost certainly die.

Jessica Elgot

The Secret Gardens Of Syria's Refugee Camps

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK

The tales from Syria's refugee camps are mostly of horror, poverty, trauma and distress. But in Jordan's Za’atari camp, there are some green shoots ...

We Are Actively Forcing People to Choose Between Dying in Their War-torn Country and Dying in the Sea

Sarah Teather | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

While politicians agree to bomb ISIS and arm other groups in the Middle East, no protection is offered to those fleeing the conflict. Instead Ministers appear on TV shows claiming that UK towns are "under siege" from migrants. Not only do these words stir up tensions, but they are also an insult to those who know what it's truly like to be under siege as their lives are ripped apart by civil wars across the Middle East... Instead of working with international partners and organisations to set up mechanisms that not only share the burden between countries but that also offer people safe, legal opportunities to travel, the UK will refuse to help rescue those who are drowning. We should all be ashamed.