In relation to the proposed changes to asylum support it is worth noting that the Immigration Minister stated that “Section 55 of the Children Act will continue to apply as regards safeguarding duties towards children (col. 276). The full debate can be read at:http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151013/debindx/151013-x.htm
Central England Quaker Peace Committee
Central England Asylum Group
Have you noticed the government’s “change of heart” about receiving Syrian refugees?
Are you aware that the new approach to these refugees is in direct contrast to the measures introduced by the government to create a “hostile environment” for asylum-seekers?
Are you worried that a “hierarchy” of asylum-seekers and refugees might lead to further distress for the thousands from all over the world who are already here?
Would you like to make your views heard?
If so, please write to your MP, and encourage others in your Meeting to do so too. Continue reading “Letters: Use of Language”
Central England Quaker Asylum Group and the Church at Carrs Lane invite you to an evening of discussion on the current refugee situation, including the position of those asylum-seekers in the UK who do not appear in the current media coverage.
Andrew Lane, Representative at the Quaker Council for European Affairs in Brussels, will bring us up-to-date with the developments at European level, as well as informing us about the dangers of plans for the use of military intervention to control the flow of refugees.
In addition to looking at the situation in the UK and in the EU, we will consider how we can support asylum-seekers both individually and corporately.
Tuesday 20 October at Carr’s Lane Church, Birmingham 19.00– 21.30
This is the second letter that will be sent –2015 Oct 19 RAG Letter 2 Cameron (1) – feel free to use it as the basis for your own letters: You will need to adapt it to your circumstances …
Remove the barbed wires against humanity. Continue reading “Letters: Remove the barbed wires against humanity”
This is the first letter that will be sent -feel free to use it as the basis for your own letters: 2016 Oct 16 RAG Letter 1 Cameron You will need to adapt it to your circumstances …
Increasing the number of refugees in the UK with immediate effect Continue reading “Letters: Increasing the number of refugees in the UK with immediate effect”
Summary: As the Syrian crisis gets ever deeper, there is ongoing pressure for the UK to accept more Syrian refugees. Over 12.2 million Syrians need help in the country, of whom 7.6 million are internally displaced. 4.1 million Syrians have fled abroad, mostly to neighbouring countries in the region.
UNHCR is calling on the international community to provide places for 130,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016. Just over 100,000 places have been offered so far.
Up until 29 January 2014, the Government’s policy was to be generous with humanitarian aid to Syria’s neighbours rather than to accept recognised Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK. However, the Government then decided to establish a ‘Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme’ (VPRS), in order to provide a route for selected Syrian refugees to come to the UK.
The scheme prioritised victims of sexual violence and torture, and the elderly and disabled. Continue reading “Syrian refugees and the UK”