make it countThere are significant issues facing vulnerable asylum seekers and we’d love to see them on the political agenda, and a priority for the voting public. In this period, we’d love to support you in understanding what the current issues are.

Join us for this session led by Regional Asylum Activism to:

– understand the pertinent issues

– get equipped to ask the right questions of those seeking your vote

– be prepared to engage with your new MP in their first 100 days in power Continue reading “MAKE IT COUNT”


be the changeWith immigration and asylum likely to be a hot topic this year, we’ve put together some useful statistics and 6 key facts on refugee issues to make sure you can tell the truth about asylum in the upcoming debate! On our website you’ll also find updated briefings on key advocacy goals like ending asylum destitution,defending access to healthcare and raising asylum support rates.

We’ve also put together a new briefing on Influencing Decision Makers to help you know how to effectively engage your representatives. This complements earlier briefings on Effective Campaigning and setting upLunchtime Campaign Groups.  Check out the Resources section for more info.


CAMPAIGN ACTION: Get your organisation to sign up to the Birmingham Declaration

Sanctuary SummitTo date nearly 300 organisations have signed up to the Birmingham Declaration; a set of principles and asks to ensure the UK treats those who come to seek safety with dignity and respect. The Declaration it will be sent to the leaders of all the main political parties.

We are now looking for as many organisations as possible to endorse the declaration. Please ask any organisation / civic group you know to endorse it. This includes charities, faith groups, schools, Trade Unions, theatres, businesses, etc.

Anyone with the authority can sign up to the declaration on behalf of an organisation by sending an email to sanctuarysummit2014 at with the following information: Continue reading “CAMPAIGN ACTION: Get your organisation to sign up to the Birmingham Declaration”

UK immigration detention: the truth is out

open democracySuccessive governments have ignored and dismissed complaints of suffering in UK immigration lock-ups. This week, in Parliament and on national television, fresh evidence has been heard.

On Monday night Channel 4 News broadcast shocking undercover footage of guards talking about the women in their care at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.

“Headbutt the bitch, I’d beat her up,” says one guard at the immigration prison, which is run for the Home Office by the private security company, Serco.

“Let them slash their wrists,” says another. Continue reading “UK immigration detention: the truth is out”