About

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About us

How we treat refugees reflects who we are. At our best, we are welcoming to those facing difficult times. Yet too often people fleeing war, persecution or violence are treated with hostility in the UK, rather than compassion.

 

Together With Refugees brings together people and movements to stand against the divisiveness and hate directed at refugees. It will show that most people support a fairer, more effective and compassionate approach – and that refugees have always been part of the UK. It’s who we are

 

With your support, we are calling for a kinder, fairer and more effective approach to supporting refugees. Find out more.

People showing hearts in support for refugees
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Context

This year, the UK government is planning to introduce new rules for how we treat refugees. The plans represent a major attack on people seeking safety. And they undermine our obligations under international law. People would be judged by how they got here, rather than by their need for protection. It would make it even more difficult for refugee families to reunite, leaving children stranded and alone. And it would mean that many people seeking protection will be left destitute.

 

Right now, it’s within our power to give people fleeing fear and persecution the helping hand that we would hope for ourselves. We can create a kinder, more humane approach to supporting refugees.

Picture of war torn Syria
© Alicia Melville-Smith / British Red Cross

Alternative vision

We can create a kinder, more humane approach to supporting refugees. We are calling for an approach that means:

  • People can seek safety in the UK, no matter how they came here.

  • People can live in dignity while they wait to hear if they will be granted protection. 

  • A kinder, fairer and more efficient system to decide whether people will be granted protection.

  • Refugees and their local communities can build better futures together, with proper support for local councils to do this.

  • The UK working with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced to flee their homes.