UK Refugees

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 19.01.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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.

'Our Era's Biggest Humanitarian Emergency' - The Plight of Three Million Syrian Refugees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
European Parliament Web Team

The continuing conflict has led to an unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes in Syria and Iraq. While Europe has taken in thousands of refugees, hundreds of thousands have found temporary shelter in neighbouring countries that struggle to deal with the influx...

South Sudan's Leaders Must Do More to End Crisis

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

While the eyes of the world rightly look towards global crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and West Africa, there is a serious and worsening humanitarian disaster almost going unnoticed in South Sudan. It is deeply saddening to see a country that was once so full of hope for the future, now embroiled in such a painful and destructive war with itself. When I first visited South Sudan less than two years ago I was struck by the optimism and hope that filled the air but today it is an entirely different story.

Iraqi Refugees From Mosul Seek a Home Away From Home

Nikita Malik | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Kamal's story, and many others, makes it clear that the seizure of Mosul by the IS has manifested into a threat on human rights. This includes the right to practice whichever religion one chooses, should one choose to practice religion. Now, many hope that the new regime in Iraq will follow a path of statesmanship and pluralism, and not mindless sectarianism.

28 Days to Destitution: Turbulent Transition for New Refugees Must End

Mike Adamson | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

Many of the people we work with are relying on food parcels, crisis grants from the Red Cross and the kindness of the local community. After the 28-day transition period, the state no longer provides housing. Some people sofa-surf if they have friends. If they don't, sleeping rough is the only option. And what makes it even tougher to stomach is that it is entirely avoidable.

After the Islamic State Deluge, Who Will Save Iraqis?

Neil Durkin | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Following the horrific killing of the US photo-journalist James Foley, international anti-Islamic State rhetoric has gone up a notch. World leaders are all inveighing against the group. But in truth it's still not really clear what's being done to help the Yezidis, the Christians, the Shi'a Turkmen, the Shabaks, and indeed anyone in Iraq (including Sunni Muslims) threatened by the Islamic State and other armed jihadi groups.

Why People Trafficking Must Not Be Allowed to Dictate Migration Policy

Steven Woolfe | Posted 19.10.2014 | 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 19.10.2014 | 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 17.10.2014 | 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 14.10.2014 | 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...