UK Refugees

Calais' Summer Crisis Reaches the Garden of England

Keith Vaz | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Time and again, we have said that once these migrants and refugees reach Calais, it is already too late. Anecdotal evidence suggests that migrants are usually in the town for an average of only three months, with 70% of the camps empty by the end of that time. In many cases, this is because they have been successful in entering the UK.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Understand The Current Migrant Crisis?

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK

Attempts by migrants to reach Britain have reached an all time high as hundreds of people rushed the Channel Tunnel for a third night in chaotic scene...

Louise Ridley

14 Reasons Migrants Are Risking Their Lives To Reach Britain From Calais

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK

Attempts by migrants desperate to reach Britain through the French port of Calais have reached a new peak, as hundreds of people rushed the Channel Tu...

On the Anniversary of the Refugee Convention, We Must Not Close Our Doors to Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

It's been 64 years since the Refugee Convention was adopted, and although it's been modified slightly, its underlying principles have proved life saving. Fast forward to 2015. Once again, people around the world are being forced to flee tyranny and conflict on an unprecedented scale.

This Millionaire's 'Radical Idea' For What To Do With Refugees Is Raising A Few Eyebrows

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK

A US property tycoon has proposed what he calls a "radical solution" to the world's crisis of refugees who have nowhere to call home: simply create a ...

Refugee Rights in the New Parliament: Expect the Worst or Prepare for the Best?

Stephen Hale | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

It's now more than two months since the election. For those of us working with refugees, it's been a worrying time. Some of the initial policy decisions made by new Ministers will lead to considerable hardship amongst both newly arrived asylum seekers as well as those that have been in the UK longer. Our task is not made any easier by some of our newspapers. We've already read enough tabloid myths about asylum seekers to last into the next Parliament. Nonetheless, five years is a long time - in politics and, as many refugees will tell you, in life.

This Summer, Across the Greek Islands, Boats Filled With Refugees Are Nothing Unusual

Owen Fay | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Owen Fay

What passes for routine these days means that within an hour the crew on board has spotted, hailed and rescued forty-four men, women and children. All Syrian, all fleeing the war. This summer, across the Greek islands, this is nothing unusual...

What Is Asylum And How Does It Work?

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

Asylum seekers are people who move to a new country and apply to stay, seeking refuge from persecution. There are an estimated 126,000 refugees cur...

Providing Refugees With a Second Chance at Life

Freshta Sharif | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Freshta Sharif

I want my government to remember the numerous times the UK has displayed compassion and commitment to human life and dignity by providing refuge for those facing persecution. During the Second World War they helped the Kindertransport children, in the 1980s they took in refugees from Vietnam, and in the 1990s they helped those fleeing from war in Bosnia and Kosovo. Sadly, the lack of support they are currently offering refugees will definitely be a stain on their history.

The Islands of Tears

Sam Barratt | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Sam Barratt

For Greece and Italy, a breakthrough can't come too soon. This year alone, 100,000 refugees have arrived on the southern shores of Europe. With the UN saying there are a record number of people displaced by conflict this year, this crisis isn't going away anytime soon.

Documenting the Ongoing Crisis in Calais

Amy Corcoran | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Amy Corcoran

A young woman with a beautiful smile approached us; she thought we worked at the women's shelter. She pointed towards the smouldering remains of her home as she asked for a space to sleep. What can I do for her except tell people she exists?

David Cameron's EU Renegotiation Hasn't Got Off To The Best Start

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK

EU leaders holding late-night talks in Brussels have agreed to receive tens of thousands of refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean from their home ...

Migration in the UK and EU: Facts and Figures

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

David Cameron will join the leaders of other EU countries on Thursday and Friday for a special summit to discuss the EU's migration policy, following a dramatic increase in the number of irregular migrants trying to enter the EU this year. In recent months there have also been more cases of migrants drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

We Are Surely Not Yet a Nation Whose Instinctive Response Is to Say 'Our Door Is Closed'

Graham James | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Graham James

We must try to find sustainable long-term strategies which will address the underlying problems and help people to stay where in almost all cases they would rather be, namely their own home country. As the conflict continues in Syria, it should be acknowledged that the UK has committed £800million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items to people in desperate need in Syria and in the region. But safe and properly organised routes to humanitarian protection, for those who really need it, should also be part of the response.

Refugee Businesses Defy Scrounger Stereotype

Morgan Meaker | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Morgan Meaker

Entrepreneur Adnan Al-Khatib has spent the last five years trying to get his geo-location app up-and-running but its progress has been halted by the Syrian civil war.

World Refugee Day: A Crisis of Compassion

Johan Eldebo | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It is perhaps time to ask what kind of a society Europe is, and in what direction we want to move in. The political climate in much of Europe and the UK, having historically been open, is now harsh towards refugees and at risk of shutting its doors even more tightly.

Diving Into The Digital Lives of Refugees

Christopher Mikkelsen | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Christopher Mikkelsen

Faced with 59.5 million forcibly displaced people also forces the world to reconsider how we position ourselves in creating a future that does not become a holding pattern for misery, but rather a movement where we make the best of what we have.

Why Are the United Nations Doing Nothing to Prevent the Genocide of the Rohingya?

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sayed Bukhari

The international community, the UN, and the Muslim nations must act now to prevent a genocide which many observers have described as second only to the Holocaust. The concentration camps are well documented and there are several rumours of mass graves.

Search and Destroy Does Not Save Lives

Meinie Nicolai | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Meinie Nicolai

Europe has been quick and unified to launch a war on smugglers but has shown no political willingness to offer immediate alternatives to these dangerous journeys... Clearly, no political willingness exists in Europe to carry the legal responsibility to provide protection and assistance for people in distress calling for help in the waters just off European shores.

Why We Should Offer Jobs to Refugees Instead of Letting Them Die in the Mediterranean Sea

Klaus Schwertner | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Klaus Schwertner

Our solution is called magdas HOTEL. I know that we can't stop the dying of thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean just by open up one hotel, but we can show a different approach in dealing with questions of migration.

The UK Would Benefit From the EU Rescue Plan for Boat Refugees

Peter Lind | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Morally, but surprisingly, also financially, the UK can benefit from helping refugees. In other words, Great Britain can benefit from the EU rescue plan.

The Tories Promised to Protect LGBT Asylum Seekers Five Years Ago, So Far They Have Failed - Now It Is Time to Deliver

Paul Dillane | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Paul Dillane

This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.

The Plight of Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Constitutes a Humanitarian Emergency

Mike Adamson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

We should bear that fact in mind before denying our responsibilities in this crisis. Migration and asylum claims are part of our modern world and we need to be pro-active in international collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination in order to preserve the right to seek international protection.

Drowning Not Waving: The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and Libya's Implosion

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Despite the outcry in recent weeks over the repeated drownings in the Mediterranean, surprisingly little has been said about the country most of the migrants and refugees are coming from: Libya. Which is odd, because the increasingly disastrous state of Libya is a key component to this tragedy.

London Is a Desert

Peter Lind | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Khaled sits down in what appears to be an awkward position, his back against the wall. Half sitting, half lying. It is how he sat in his cell in Damaskus. During a total of 12 months, locked up in a cell too small to lie down in, and not high enough to stand up, Khaled was tortured by the Syrian Security forces...