Permission to work

Still human still hereTake actionStill Human is calling on the Government to give asylum seekers permission to work if they have been waiting for more than six months for their cases to be concluded, or if they have been refused asylum but cannot be returned home through no fault of their own (e.g. because removals have been suspended).

This will prevent vulnerable people being left in a state of limbo for prolonged periods of time, will reduce the burden on the taxpayer and allow a small number of asylum seekers to support themselves and their families while contributing to the economy. Those who are allowed to stay in the UK, will find it much easier to become part of British society if they have been given the chance to work. Continue reading “Permission to work”

Actors and writers call on Cameron to increase help for refugee children

Guardian: Actors and writers call on Cameron to increase help for refugee children – Karen McVeigh @karenmcveigh1 

Public figures urge PM to raise Britain’s resettlement commitment and unite divided families ahead of UN summit …

Some of Britain’s most high-profile actors and writers, including the recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, Juliet Stevenson, Andrew Garfield, Steve Coogan, Michael Palin and Jude Law, have appealed to David Cameron to do more to help refugee children and divided families across Europe, ahead of a UN summit on Syrian refugees next week. Read more …

TED Talk – Alexander Betts

2016 March Alexander BettsHow can we adapt an international refugee system created over 50 years ago for a changing and globalised world?Why is the current system not working and what can we do to fix it?Listen to the visionary words of Alexandre Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at Oxford speaking for TED in February.

Posted by University of Oxford on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 – see the video on the right …


Serious concerns raised about EU-Turkey Deal

ecreEU leaders agree on EU-Turkey Deal despite serious concerns over its consequences for human rights of refugees and migrants

During the European Council meeting of 18 March, EU leaders reached an agreement with Turkey, the so-called EU-Turkey deal. According to the statement issued on the day, the objectives of the measures agreed to are to end irregular migration from Turkey to the EU and to “break the business model of the smugglers and to offer migrants an alternative to putting their lives at risk”.

Prior to the meeting some of the action points agreed were described as “immoral”, “dangerous” and “illegal” by human rights organisations, including ECRE. These include the action point on the return to Turkey of all irregular migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece after 20 March 2016 and the resettlement of one Syrian refugee who travelled from Turkey to the EU in exchange for each Syrian returned to Turkey from Greece. The agreement also states that “Turkey will take any necessary measures to prevent new sea or land routes for illegal migration opening from Turkey to the EU, and will cooperate with neighbouring states as well as the EU to this effect.”

“Resettling one Syrian to the EU for every Syrian readmitted from the Greek islands to Turkey is as Kafkaesque as it is legally and morally wrong,” ECRE stated in a Memorandum issued before the European Council meeting. It argued that resettlement should not be part of an exchange which involves persons risking their lives; resettlement should be implemented separately from readmission and return. ECRE reiterates its opposition to any solution based on the flawed assumption that Turkey is a ‘safe third country’. Continue reading “Serious concerns raised about EU-Turkey Deal”

Advocacy urged to increase refugee resettlement to Europe; Cameron – turn boats back

WCC23 March 2016 – The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Conference of European Churches (CEC) and World Council of Churches (WCC) sent a letter to member churches and partner organizations in Europe urging them to undertake increased advocacy for more refugee resettlement with their national governments and parliaments in the next weeks. Continue reading “Advocacy urged to increase refugee resettlement to Europe; Cameron – turn boats back”