UK Refugees

The Documentary That Shows How Football Can Unite the World

James Kirkham | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Sport
James Kirkham

I'm proud of what we achieved and hope the message of the Liberté Cup continues to resonate around the world to show how football can truly unite the human race as a great force for good.

Child Migrants, The Vulnerable And The Voiceless

Pope Francis | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK
Pope Francis

On the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone. In doing so I ask everyone to take care of the young, who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves. I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families.

Meet The Refugees Taking On The UK's Language Skills Deficit

Lena Garrett | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Lena Garrett

tech for good The startup is called Chatterbox. By training and employing refugees ​as language tutors, the venture catalyses refugee integration into the UK labour market whilst tackling the country's language skills deficit.

Hopes And Fears For 2017

Qari Asim | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

One of our priorities in 2017 must be to tackle radicalisation by the far right extremist ideology. In a multi-belief pluralistic Britain, people should not be allowed to get away with anti-ethnic, anti-Muslim and anti-semitic rhetoric or attacks.

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

Open Sourcing Our Values

Natasha Freidus | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK Tech
Natasha Freidus

tech for good What you may not have heard about is the tremendous groundswell of tech innovation in response to the refugee crisis. In a historically unprecedented humanitarian response, developers all over have come up with a solution for pretty much every refugee-related challenge you can think of

My Foster Daughter The Refugee

Debbie Williams | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents
Debbie Williams

The day she arrived at my home I opened the door to find a pretty little girl that looked very thin and scared. The social worker was holding her hand and she looked terrified. I was told she couldn't speak English so I was mindful of my body language and facial expressions. If she couldn't understand English, she would understand love and affection.

"Without Your Help We Will Die": Why The People Of Mosul Need Our Help

Melanie Ward | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Melanie Ward

"All of my friends have been killed," Abdullah* tells me. I'm in Khazer Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 30 km east of Mosul in Iraq. Abd...

Children Continue To Arrive In Calais With Nothing: Why My Christmas Shopping Looks Different This Year

Clare Moseley | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Moseley

This week five boys arrived with us (Care4Calais) from Eritrea. Three of them are 16 years old, one is 15 and one is 17. I try hard not to get perso...

#EmergencyLessons: How Unicef And ECHO Are Supporting Children In Egypt

Hayley Cull | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Hayley Cull

When I met Leen in Giza a few days ago, it was clear that at just 25 years old with three children aged 10, nine and four, she has learnt to be very strong from a young age. Having only arrived in Egypt a few weeks ago and still dealing with trauma herself, she has already started working as a teacher, providing vital psycho-social support and education to children who have experienced the same horrors as she did in Syria and along that 'Death Road'.

British Values? Populism And Cultural Superiority?

Michael Abberton | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

So what British values is the Labour Party now supporting in its move to take the place soon to be vacated by UKIP? What British values would Dame Casey and Sajid Javid make us swear allegiance to? The exploitation of xenophobia and prejudice in order to garner votes? That lack of social cohesion is not the fault of government policy or lack of funding for ESL and community programmes, but the fault of those very minorities as they simply aren't 'British enough' - so they need to swear an oath and be 're-educated'?

Britain First Has Inadvertently Raised £3,000 For The Refugee Council

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK

The appeal set up to sponsor Paul Golding’s eight week jail term has raised £3,000 for The Refugee Council. The former Britain First leader was loc...

Surely There Should Be Some Rooms Available For Refugees In One Of The Richest Countries In The World This Christmas?

Sara Nathan | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Sara Nathan

giving back.jpgOur favourite stories at this time of year of course involve babies. Mary is a trafficked Albanian woman. She has been hosted, since the birth of her infant in September, by one of our generous hosts. Can you imagine taking in a total stranger and her newborn?

Camps To Champs - The Power Of Sport For The Displaced

Samantha Murray | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Sport
Samantha Murray

I was incredibly moved to see how sport impacted upon the lives of the refugees and was able to participate in women's football, taekwondo, wrestling and table tennis. Each sport and practice session brings something to look forward to for the children and adults. Sport brings a little joy into the long, hot desert days where not much else happens.

In This Season Of Goodwill...

Azhar Kholwadia | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Azhar Kholwadia

Let's not forget that each of us have the oppourtunity to help those around us, whether through a charitable donation, spending time with those who may not have local family or friends or even spreading the feeling of good will with a small token of appreciation to those around.

Call On G20 Leaders To Tackle The Refugee Crisis

Martin Forsyth | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Martin Forsyth

Last week, China handed over responsibility for hosting the annual G20 Summit to Germany, where 20 of the world's most influential economies will gath...

Every Child Has The Right To Play, Wherever They Live In The World

Aleema Shivji | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

© Erika Pineros / Handicap International During my missions around the world as a physiotherapist for Handicap International, one of the things that...

Britain Welcomes More Than 4,000 Syrian Refugees Over Past Year

Stephen Hale | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

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 Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

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.

Bicycles And Blankets: Protecting Children In Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

This week has brought us the incredible news that The Boy on the Bicycle, a documentary about Syrian refugee children who have been forced to flee the...

A Third Of The Calais Jungle Children Have Gone Missing

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK

Almost a third of the children who had been staying in the Calais refugee camp dubbed the “Jungle” have gone missing, a worrying new report has fo...

A Week In A Refugee Camp

Josh Fields | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Josh Fields

These people did not choose to be in this situation of torment. Just as we did not choose to be in our situation of privilege. And let us realise that it is only by chance that we were not born into these circumstances. Mere chance. Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot.

Refugee Kids Trying To Make It To Britain Think 'They Were Better Off In Filthy Calais Camp'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK

Refugee children trying to reach Britain feel they were better off in the squalid Calais camp, amid claims some are being forced to work on fruit farm...

He Escaped The Bombs - But He Can't Escape Winter

Richard Reoch | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Richard Reoch

Among the many lies of our times, one is the persistent belief that the job is done once a refugee makes it to safety. All the more so when they make it to the white and blue tents of a UN camp.

Life After Calais For The Kids Of 'The Jungle'

Benny Hunter | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Benny Hunter

Every day that they hear nothing draws them closer to despair. Without hope of reaching the UK by legal routes, more vulnerable children like Dawit will decide to take their fate into their own hands, leaving them homeless in Europe during the freezing Winter months.