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Stephen Hale

Chief executive of Refugee Action

Stephen Hale OBE is the Chief Executive of Refugee Action. Prior to this Stephen was the Deputy Campaign Director for Oxfam International from 2010-14, the Director of Green Alliance from 2006-10, and a special adviser to UK government ministers from 2002-06. Stephen is a trustee of Friends of the Earth, and was a Christian Aid trustee from 2007-10.
Election 2017: Here's How We Make Britain A Safe Haven For

Election 2017: Here's How We Make Britain A Safe Haven For Refugees

We need to ensure the voices of refugees and people seeking asylum in Britain are heard. Refugee Action will be sharing with our supporters and with prospective MPs of all parties the experiences of the people we work with and how their lives can be improved. This is an important opportunity for parties to make clear commitments to refugees and people seeking sanctuary.
19/04/2017 16:36 BST
Croydon Attack: We Know Britain Is Better Than

Croydon Attack: We Know Britain Is Better Than This

This appalling incident contrasts with much of our experience at Refugee Action. Every day we see the generosity of people in Britain. Individuals, schools and companies contact us to ask how they can volunteer, donate and campaign to improve the lives of refugees living here.
04/04/2017 08:23 BST
President Trump's Plans To Ban Refugees Are

President Trump's Plans To Ban Refugees Are Inhumane

We cannot let these policies of fear spread. Turning our backs on some of the world's most vulnerable people will only play into the hands of fanatics whose warped ideology feeds on division. Now is the time to stand together against this hate and stand steadfast in our compassion and support for those forced to flee terror and conflict.
25/01/2017 13:36 GMT
Britain Welcomes More Than 4,000 Syrian Refugees Over Past

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

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.
01/12/2016 11:27 GMT
In Changing Times Britain Must Play Its Full Part in Supporting

In Changing Times Britain Must Play Its Full Part in Supporting Refugees

Wow. We certainly live in changing times. As the dust settles, Britain must play its full part in the global response to the refugee emergency and use this unsettling period to renew our commitment to helping people rebuild their lives in safety. The EU Referendum is of course the most momentous of the many changes in recent weeks. But it's not a turning point for Britain's approach to asylum seekers and refugees. UK refugee policy is made in London not Brussels.
08/07/2016 09:16 BST
Beyond the Referendum: Britain Welcomes

Beyond the Referendum: Britain Welcomes Refugees

We're almost there. A few days from now Britain will wake up to the result of the EU Referendum. This blog is not about how you should vote. It's about life after 23 June. The Referendum debate has been divisive, and dominated by immigration. Some have used it to spread fear and confusion. But whatever the result, we can and must re-assert the desire of the compassionate majority who want Britain to welcome refugees fleeing war and persecution.
20/06/2016 17:22 BST
Let Refugees Learn: David Cameron Must Act

Let Refugees Learn: David Cameron Must Act Now

The government must act now to ensure that those refugees that arrive here, having fled unimaginable horrors, are given the English classes they need to start rebuilding their lives and integrate within our communities.
31/05/2016 17:18 BST
The UK Must Do More to Reunite Families Separated by

The UK Must Do More to Reunite Families Separated by Conflict

By easing the restrictions on family reunion rules now, the UK Government can provide families stranded across Europe and elsewhere, with a legal route to safety here in the UK. In doing so, the Government will not only save lives, it will provide refugees already living here with the much needed support and care of their loved-ones.
29/03/2016 12:25 BST
Beyond Red Doors and Wristbands: Britain Needs an Asylum Policy We Can All Be Proud

Beyond Red Doors and Wristbands: Britain Needs an Asylum Policy We Can All Be Proud Of

These cannot be written off as isolated incidents. They expose the underlying failings of the way Britain responds to refugees arriving here. Current government policy does not provide the support that refugees so desperately need, and fails to build the positive relationships we all want to see between refugees and host communities.
29/01/2016 19:20 GMT
How Refugee Action Is Making Syrian Refugees

How Refugee Action Is Making Syrian Refugees Welcome

Refugee Action was formed to support refugees resettled to the UK after fleeing Vietnam and we have been helping refugees through resettlement programmes ever since. In the late 90's we worked with refugees fleeing war in Bosnia and Kosovo. This week, we have been there for those arriving from Syria to new homes in London and Birmingham.
21/12/2015 16:41 GMT