Our research shows that 73% of Brits agree that learning English is not only beneficial to refugees - it also benefits Britain. If they are to make friends, find work and start contributing to their communities, all refugees must have full and equal access to English language lessons. Enabling all refugees to access free English lessons isn't a handout; it's an investment in Britain's future.
Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.
Our hosts offer anything from a sofa-bed in the living room of a little flat above a shop in the edgy part of North London, to spacious suites with bathrooms in Notting Hill. What each does offer though is a generous heart and a desire to do something to those, and it could be any of us, fleeing war and persecution and facing a deeply uncertain future
Having set off from Cardiff on Friday evening, we had no idea of whether we would even make it to Calais due to heightened security on the border and media reports suggesting that the refugee camp in Calais had been demolished; all refugees had apparently been relocated across France. However, we arrived safely in Calais via the euro tunnel with our car stuffed with clothes, medications and dental materials.
This rhetoric is so common that it's often not countered at all and instead, in some countries at least, put on the front page of the newspaper and repeated by politicians. It is only drop in the ocean of a very rough sea but If MSF with over 40 years' experience working with refugees and migrants can't respond to the popularist anti-migrant bile that is sweeping across Europe, who can?
For every single one of us that stands up, another child receives a pair of shoes or a warm meal, another mind is changed and heart softened and, as more of us do so, another politician starts to listen and has a reason to speak about migration in a different way. In a world that screams at us not to care, not to challenge, not to go against the crowd, be brave and take a stand. Human lives are at stake.
I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.
For my Jordan experience (as I fondly now refer to it as) reaffirmed what I have always felt. That there are two types of people in this world: those who make history, and those who are part of making history. Similarly in the world of football, there are two types of people: Those who love the game, and those who use it to change lives.