UK Refugees

Theresa May Must Listen to the Courts and Allow Asylum Seekers to Live in Dignity

Sarah Teather | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

In our report, we found that systematic failures from successive governments had left many destitute, with levels of support inadequate to meet even basic living needs. As one mother told the panel, "I would buy one meal which I will share with my son. My son, is my priority, therefore I will provide his nutritional needs before my own and occasionally starving myself." The government said that they would take our findings into consideration, but I was extremely disappointed when, in June last year, the Home Office announced that they were freezing the support rates.

Syria's 'Hidden Casualties'

Toby Porter | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

The Syrian crisis is ubiquitous: UNHCR announced on 3rd April that the conflict had generated its millionth refugee in Lebanon alone, and confirms the movement of 2.5m Syrians outside their country as the largest since the Rwandan genocide twenty years ago this week.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Neighbour Carrying a Huge Burden

Penny Sims | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Penny Sims

Yesterday the number of Syrian refugees registered by the UN in Lebanon passed one million. Most Lebanese people will tell you the real number is much higher.

An Inspiring Orphan From Syria, Stepping Into Her Mother's Shoes

Dana Sleiman | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Dana Sleiman

I first met Hala at a tented settlement in central Bekaa, East Lebanon. She had been here for a year, one in a million refugees who have fled Syria. They call her 'the orphan'; her tomboy walk and winter hat make her easy to spot. She speaks with a disturbing nonchalance; a hardness, common amongst many refugees I have met. Her hair is falling out.

We Must Take Full Advantage of Refugees' Skills

Maurice Wren | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

Refugees come to the UK in fear of their lives, having fled the horrors of violent conflict, persecution, rape or other forms of torture or harm. They are met by a complex, insensitive and fiercely adversarial asylum system that all too often lets them down and, by association, lets us and the liberties we cherish, down too.

Who Cares for Survivors of Torture?

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

Goldfishbowl Girl won't talk about her past. Not too much anyway. But she writes, and she paints. The paintings communicate for her. "That's helped me to come out of the whole darkness I was in." ...

Syrian Refugees Arriving In Britain 'Will Be First Of Many' Charities Hope

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

Human rights groups have expressed hope that the handful of Syrian refugees set to arrive in the UK tomorrow will be the "be the first of many.” ...

UK Must Do More to Help Refugees Find Safety

Maurice Wren | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

Resettlement is a vital protection tool for refugees whose lives and liberty are at risk; a long term solution for refugees and an expression of solidarity with developing countries who host the majority of the world's refugees.

Dialing Up Hope Amid Civil War in the DRC

Jean Marie Minani | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Jean Marie Minani

A person who doesn't communicate is like a person who is imprisoned. They are excluded from the outside world, without information. They don't hear any news.

Life in Lebanon Is Worse Than During the Darkest Days of Civil War

Najla Chahda | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Najla Chahda

In the days leading up to 15th March, the third anniversary of the start of the conflict, people all over the world will be holding vigils to remind their governments that giving up on Syria is not an option.

65% Of Syria's Refugees Fear They Will Never Return Home

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

The majority of Syrian refugees believe they will never be able to return to their country, according to new research. Refugees surveyed by Oxfam s...

Yarmouk: The Drowned and the Not-Yet-Saved

Neil Durkin | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Things are truly desperate. Two out of every three people in Yarmouk are now said to be suffering malnutrition, and at least 128 people have starved to death since last July.

Dr Halla Diyab, Syrian Journalist, Receives Death Threats After BBC Appearance

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Police are investigating death threats sent to a Syrian journalist who appeared on BBC TV show, after she questioned whether Britain should allow Syri...

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Faces Of War: 21 Haunting Portraits Of Afghanistan's Refugee Children Living In The Slums Of Islamabad (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

These beautiful images show the faces of refugee Afghan children living in slums on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Huddled in threadbare he...

Will Britain 'Open The Door' To Syrian Refugees?

PA | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain is looking at how it can take in vulnerable Syrian refugees, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today. Home Secretary Theresa May is work...

Forty-Eight Albanian Stowaways Found In Refrigerated Lorry

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Forty-eight Albanian stowaways have been discovered trying to smuggle themselves into Britain in a refrigerated lorry. They were found and stopped ...

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

The Unkindness of Strangers

Matt Carr | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Last week provided further evidence of how far the absurdities perpetuated by politicians, the rightwing press and the public, can slowly but inexorably shift our collective moral centre of gravity towards the routine acceptance of the unacceptable.

The IRA, Radiation, Nigel Farage - And the Global Homeless

Alastair Sloan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Globally, there are 100 million homeless. Last week saw some bizarre and disgusting news reported about their fate, which made me think about the wide range of reasons people become homeless, the various fates that await them - and the urgency with which we must safely and affordably house our populations.

From Zero to Zero: Syria's Double Refugees in Lebanon

Dr Mairead Collins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Dr Mairead Collins

All any of these families want is to go home, to return to what they knew, to resume normal lives. The only way this will happen is for the conflict to end, for peace talks to begin to allow a safe return to pick back up the lives left behind. No one is suggesting that is likely to be any time soon.

Berlin's First Cannabis Cafe: Could Berlin Become the Next Amsterdam?

Emily Wasik | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Wasik

If Hermann's proposal gets approved in the near future, the "Berlin Wall of Pot" dividing the city's residents will come down, tourists will flock to the culture capital not just for the cheap living and turbulent nightlife but for cannabis cafes, and everyday Berliners will be able to pick up their ganja from a store counter, along with their milk and brötchen.

One Thousand Days of Syria's Conflict: Childhoods Stolen and Futures at Risk

Rosie Thompson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Rosie Thompson

Today marks the thousandth day of the conflict. For over two and a half years, children have lived through a nightmare of death and destruction. Losing their homes, their schools and the carefree lives they once knew.

Open Our Borders to Syrian Refugees

James Snell | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

With religious and ethnic issues building up, the need for a pressure valve has never been greater. In allowing those who wish to do so to flee the country, formerly selfish nations can play a serious positive role in the region.

Drawings by Syrian Refugee Children Reveal What Is Going on Inside Their Heads

Tatiana Nasser | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Tatiana Nasser

Another Syrian refugee, nine year old Samar from Daraa, drew a woman who was smiling and crying at the same time, holding a flower in one hand while her other hand was missing. When Samar talked, she alternated between sharing the feelings of fear and hopelessness she experienced in Syria and the security and stability she is now feeling in Lebanon.