UK Refugees

Confusion Grows as UN Grills UK on Its Child Rights Record

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Ms Thewliss' efforts to focus attention on this issue are admirable. However, if the work of UN human rights bodies like the Committee is to be effective, then it is incumbent on both those who would use them - and those who report on them - to get the facts right.

Global Poll Shows Support for Refugees

Richard Reoch | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

A new poll of more than 27,000 people in 27 countries shows that 80% of those interviewed - in countries on all continents - would accept refugees in their country. The poll, carried out for Amnesty International by the global consulting firm GlobeScan, contrasts sharply with anti-refugee attitudes expressed by extremist organizations and politicians claiming to speak on behalf of "ordinary people" in their countries.

Amnesty Poll: The Public Really Isn't Buying All the Anti-Refugee Political Rhetoric

Naomi Westland | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Naomi Westland

It will have come as no surprise to anyone who's been involved in grassroots solidarity with refugees that a new Amnesty poll, published yesterday, has found overwhelming support among the British public for people fleeing conflict and persecution. Over three quarters of British people would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, the survey results show, and 70% say the government isn't doing enough to help.

Refugees Without Refuge: England's Forgotten Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

For people who have escaped war, torture and rape; being granted asylum in Britain should be a moment of immense relief; a time to finally stop running and instead to focus on rebuilding their shattered lives.

No More Excuses - Provide Education to All Forcibly Displaced People

Aaron Benavot | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

By the GEM Report and the UNHCR Education Section Days before the World Humanitarian Summit, we have jointly released a new policy paper, 'No more ...

Unlike Britain, Canada Has Absolutely Nailed The Idea Of 'Refugees Welcome'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

More than three quarters of Brits would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, research suggests, yet the UK has taken a tiny handful of pe...

Including Water and Sanitation in Talking About Women's Rights

Margaret Batty | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

To reach everyone everywhere by 2030 with safe water, decent toilets and hygiene will require coordinated efforts from governments at all levels as well as from those working on education, health and human rights. It's an ambitious goal - but the costs of failure will be even higher.

The Kids Who Call 'The Jungle' Home - The Shocking Refugee Camps on Our Doorstep

Stuart McDonald | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stuart McDonald

Men, women and children in shanty town refugees camps on the border between two of Europe's wealthiest nations! It should not be normal and certainly not permanent - it should shock us all.

This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK

Journalists and politicians are wilfully ignoring the facts about Muslims and migrants, a senior figure in the UN has claimed, leading to a complete m...

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

al-Kammouneh camp in the aftermath of the airstrike (photo c/o The Guardian) If (or rather when), as seems likely, it is confirmed that last Thursda...

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

Harrowing Video Of British Child 'Refugee' Turns European Migration Crisis On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK

A young British girl flees her home, loses her family, nearly drowns and is shot at in a heartbreaking video showing what would happen to children if ...

The "Waiting Hell"

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

I have been here before. It was half my lifetime ago, but I remember sitting in these very same chairs when I was 15-years-old, waiting to buy tickets for the ferry to spend a vacation on the Greek islands with my friends. Now, hundreds of people are waiting in the departure hall at gate E1 in Piraeus port. They have been waiting for weeks, for months, not to go on a holiday, but to find a safe place for themselves and their children.

One Marriage at a Time: The Forgotten Refugee Crisis in Cameroon

Yolande Flore Longang Tchounkeu | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Yolande Flore Longang Tchounkeu

I came here because I wanted to help people and while the challenges remain considerable, I am willing to keep fighting. For every person we help - for every life we save - I am reminded of what we can do. I want to tell their stories in the hope that others will come forward, knowing that we can help them.

Commons People Politics Podcast: Refugees, SATs, Donald Trump and Local Elections

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has signalled a major U-turn over child refugees as he revealed he would no longer block plans to take in youngsters from across Europe....

These 80 Fully Funded Boarding School Places For Syrian Refugees Are Empty

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Boarding school places worth £1.6m set aside for Syrian refugee children have so far gone unfilled due to government red tape, it has been claimed. T...

How One Syrian Family Has Started Reshaping Global Refugee Policy

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Listening to what they have to say and letting them be part of the decision-making process is an important first step to reforming global refugee policy. And with all the technology that lets people organise effectively, they don't have to reshape it alone, but can do it together with the refugees.

An Open Letter to All 294 MPs Who Voted Against the Dubs Amendment

Maudie Fraser | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

Dear MPs, I speak on behalf of a vast proportion of the British public when I express my profound disappointment that 294 members of the party ruling...

The Waugh Zone May 4, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday May 4, 2016… 1) TRUMP TOWERS It’s May the 4th, which happens to be Star Wars day (Mark Hamil...

Templehof Refugee Camp, Berlin: The Feeding Factory

April Humble | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK
April Humble

As more people that are squeezed in to Templehof, the space for giving recognition and worth to the individual is squeezed out. What about that beautiful slight Iraqi woman from Baghdad, with her five children, soft but defiant, with her great honey eyes? Or the troupe of women from Iran, so beautiful, so elegant, and yet appearing so very defeated by life.

Waiting for Trump's Wall? Europe's Already Busy Building

Andrew Legon | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Legon

If there are five stages of grief then we should all get started with the process now. After months of nervous laughter and disbelief it looks like Donald Trump will get the nomination. He'll be one step closer to the presidency. And with it, one step closer to making good on promises like building a Great Wall of Mexico.

Sadiq Khan Slams London's 'Badge Of Shame' Over Taking In Refugees

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK

Sadiq Khan has slammed the fact that London has taken in just a few dozen Syrian refugees, calling it a "a badge of shame" for the capital. In a passi...

The Waugh Zone July 28, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday April 28, 2016… 1) A TOTAL SHAH They got there in the end, but boy was it tortuous. Naz Shah’...

Two Hundred and Ninety Four MPs Vote Down Dubs Amendment

Jack Steadman | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Jack Steadman

On Monday night, 294 MPs voted against the Dubs Amendment to the Immigration bill, tabled in the House of Lords, which would have seen the UK accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe. Two hundred and ninety-four. That's the same number of unaccompanied minors Help Refugees found in the Calais 'Jungle' in their latest census.

The Truth About Turkey: EU Deal Endangers Lives

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The fatal shooting of 16 Syrian refugees at the Turkish border, including three children, have amplified fears over the EU-Turkey deal struck to outso...