UK Refugees

EU Member States Must Work Together to Ease the Plight of Refugees

Matthew Hynds | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Matthew Hynds

The only system for dealing with the crisis that makes sense - a quota system - was rejected in June. This would have seen asylum seekers distributed between the 28 member states according to the wealth and population size of those countries.

The Picture That Will Change This Man's Life Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

Images of a Syrian father clutching a handful of pens in a bid to sell them to passersby while carrying his daughter, slumped over his shoulder, have ...

Police Reveal Horrific Details About Those Who Perished Inside Austria Lorry

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

This story contains graphic content Some 59 men, eight women and four children perished in the back of a lorry abandoned at the side of the road in...

Without Migrant Rescue Missions This Baby Wouldn't Have Been Born Safely

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

A child has been born on a German navy ship, after her mother was rescued from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea. 33-year-old Rahma gave birt...

The Voyage of the Damned - and the People of Hope

Richard Reoch | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The shame of the St Louis, now memorialized in holocaust museums around the world, is a timely reminder. Since the beginning of this year some 340,000 people have piled into boats or trekked overland to reach Europe. They have been called a "swarm", "marauders" and "cockroaches". By August, more than 2,000 had drowned crossing the Mediterranean.

Al Jazeera Will Not Say Mediterranean 'Migrants' but We Should

Judith Vonberg | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Judith Vonberg

By rejecting the term and using 'refugee' instead as a means of arousing the empathy and compassion we should be feeling towards these people, Al Jazeera gives credence to the illiberal voices telling us that migrants are not worthy of our compassion.

This Map Proves Migrants Aren't ‘Heading Straight For The UK'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK

We often hear the argument that migrants and refugees fleeing North African nations are ‘heading straight to the UK’. On social media, this is ...

'We Are Not Dangerous, We Are in Danger': Inside 'The Jungle' Migrant Camp

Mike Snelle | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Mike Snelle

There is a deadly humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, and our current approach is compounding the problem. If the people in The Jungle were white Europeans, I have no doubt that we do everything possible to help them. Instead, we allow desperate people to exist in appalling conditions, and build fences to ensure they stay there. If I were a more courageous man, I would have brought someone back with me.

Let's Help Build a Mosque in Slovakia

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

Slovakia has demonstrated it's sensitive side when the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) called on countries to take an "inclusive approach" to relocation o...

Why 30million Displaced Boys and Girls Urgently Need Our Help This World Humanitarian Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today is about action, not just words - it is World Humanitarian Day. It is not a celebration. It is a much-needed recognition of those "who face danger and adversity in order to help others," a clear signal that there IS good in the world and a message to millions that life is precious. And what better way to recognise those who help others in the most dire circumstances than to announce we will give priority to new and better international support so humanitarians can carry out their mission to provide every child with opportunity in some of the most trying circumstances.

Festival-Goers Urged To Donate Tents To Hungary Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK

A festival in Hungary is encouraging campers to show solidarity to refugees entering the country by donating their tents and sleeping bags. Organi...

We Are Europe - We Can Do Better

Vickie Hawkins | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Vickie Hawkins

We are Europe - we promote to the world the importance of respect for human rights and protection of individual liberty. The UK has frequently been at the vanguard of that effort. The Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis that I've met over the past 48 hours have unfortunately yet to see that side of us.

My Experience in Calais' Refugee Camp - The Jungle

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jaz O'Hara

I've been thinking all day about how I can find the words for what we experienced last week. An hours drive from my house, then half an hour on the Eurotunnel, and we were in the world's worst refugee camp in terms of resources and conditions, yet we were welcomed with open arms. It's amazing how only the people who have nothing really know how to share.

Aubrey Allegretti

Forget 'Swarms' And 'Marauders': This Is Why People Are Coming To Europe | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

They have been branded "marauders" and a "swarm" by the British government, but the migrants currently landing on European shores are fleeing nations ...

Philip Hammond Blasted For 'Mean-Spirited' Response To Migrants

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK

Britain's foreign secretary has sparked a fierce backlash for comments he made on Sunday that "millions" of African migrants would threaten citizens' ...

My Father Was an Illegal Immigrant

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The nearly a quarter of a million people who have arrived in Europe this year represent a massive headache for the authorities in both Italy and Greece, who are desperate for more help from their EU partners... The real scandal is not how many people are huddled in Calais hoping to get to the UK, but how few we are allowing in.

Calais: Why We Urgently Need a Franco-British Border Police Force

Jean-Paul Mulot | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jean-Paul Mulot

A Calais summit at European level is urgent. It should provide solutions to the migrants crisis while at the same time securing the tunnel to ensure that Calais and Dover are open for business as usual... The problem of Calais is not just a Franco-British question, it is a problem for the whole of Europe and the developing world. But the French and the English are on the frontline.

Storming the Castle: Calais, or the Failure of the EU's Migration Policies

Camino Mortera-Martinez | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Camino Mortera-Martinez

The distressing images from Calais on the front pages of the newspapers each morning and beamed into out our living rooms each night are a sad reminder of the European Union's failure to address and tackle migration.

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 | 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...