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Government faces tidal wave of anger over Ukraine refugee response

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is leading to the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two. With bombs targeting civilians, people are fleeing for their lives. Over two million people have already escaped the country, and as many five million could flee in the coming weeks, according to the UN refugee…

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Webinar – landmark action

The webinar aims to support local groups as they plan and execute an event (big or small) to demonstrate widespread support for a more compassionate approach to refugees on the National Day of Action, 21 March. Many groups will be organising landmark actions, but any creative response will help. We know your ideas are best….

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Faith leaders urge PM not to ‘close the door’ on refugees

Today, 1000+ faith leaders have written to the Prime Minister urging him not to ‘close the door’ on refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The letter has been signed by senior and grassroots representatives from the six major faiths in the UK, including Revd Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Zara Mohammed – Secretary-General of the Muslim…

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One last push on Nationality and Borders Bill

We still have a short time to secure some concessions before the Nationality and Borders Bill passes into law. Please join us for one last push in these final weeks. Even if we fail to deliver substantive defeats on the bill, we need to demonstrate that the UK government is on its own, and the…

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Landmark action in Manchester

Guest blog: As part of Together With Refugees, One Strong Voice members will be leading and involved in landmark events throughout the UK on 21 March, in this last push to influence the outcome of the inhumane Nationality and Borders Bill. In this guest blog, Jonathan Kazembe, describes the event One Strong Voice is organising…

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Show Your Heart on Valentines

Love was in the air across the UK on Valentine’s Day 2022, as communities showed their heart for refugees! It was truly heartwarming to see all the creative orange hearts and Valentine’s Day cards with messages to MPs. Messages ranged from funny and sweet to sincere and heartfelt. Over 90 MPs of all political persuasions…

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Influencing local politicians and institutions

Welcome to this guest blog from Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG)!  We’re a well-established local charity –  a large group of volunteers who share friendship and practical support with people while they are trying to get asylum.  Our friends will face even more severe difficulties from this Government’s anti-refugee bill.  This time last year,…

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Press Release: £2.7 billion a year bill to taxpayer for government’s cold-hearted refugee reforms

The taxpayer will pay an extra £2.7billion a year (1) to fund schemes to block people fleeing war and persecution from finding refugee protection in the UK under the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill, reveals a new report released today (Monday 14 February 2022). ‘A Bill at What Price?’ is being published by the campaign…

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£2.7bn cost for implementing the cold-hearted refugee bill

Together With Refugees reveals the additional costs to the taxpayer for implementing the Nationality and Borders Bill. In ‘A Bill at What Price?’ we cost the new elements in the asylum system that are set out in the bill.   In response to the continued failure of the Government to publish its long-promised Impact Assessment…

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Conservative peers lead push for global resettlement target

A key amendment to include a global resettlement target of 10,000 places per year, was debated on Tuesday night at Committee Stage in the House of Lords. Led by Conservative peers, the amendment received wide cross-party support. Getting the government to commit to a clear resettlement target is one of our two key priorities, for…

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