People are still drowning trying to find sanctuary, refugee families will once again, two years on, be sleeping in tents in Europe this winter. Women in Greece still have no nappies for their children, families unable to reunite because of bottlenecks in systems. A generation of children are growing up without an education. We in Western Europe live in of the wealthiest corners of the world, and it is heartbreaking that our leaders and organisations whose job it is to work in crises like this are no closer to helping those who need it most.
In the face of political inertia, rising xenophobia and hostility, and the abandonment of legal obligations to support refugees under existing international conventions, volunteers have transcended their traditional roles of providing add on support for 'professionals' and 'experts'. Instead, in many cases they are the main and only actors helping refugees and migrants not only to survive, but also to stop their humanity being stripped from them.
In 2016 I experienced a lot of change and found myself fumbling from one job to another; signing the dotted line on yet another zero hour contract. I wanted remain but lost and my mind became hazy. I felt detached until it suddenly occurred to me that what I really wanted to do was something fulfilling, constructive and meaningful.
'Without a legal route to safety, they are hopeless'.
Child refugees, who used to live in the squalid Calais Jungle camp, are leaving new homes in France and sleeping rough because
The French President said his country 'cannot tolerate' the refugee camps.
The French president has urged British authorities to “do their part” to settle 1,500 refugee children left in Calais. Francois
She called on the UK to rekindle the spirit with which it received refugees 77 years ago.
The daughter of the man dubbed “The British Oskar Schindler” has called on Britain to show the same “kindness and welcome