Celebrities write open letter to the Prime Minister to urge him to think again on refugees
Dear Prime Minister
We are refugees, descendants of refugees and supporters of refugees. For some of us, if we were living in Afghanistan right now, our lives could be in danger, and we would have to become refugees.
The horrifying scenes of those fleeing Afghanistan is a painful reminder of why ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances are forced to escape their homelands in fear of their lives.
We are proud the UK is offering protection to those Afghan refugees able to get onto an official scheme. People up and down the country are doing incredible things to make them welcome as they start their new lives.
But many others have been left behind in grave danger. They will have to escape any way they can – by foot, boat or hiding in the back of a lorry. But proposed new laws would mean our country turning away people like them who are in desperate need of safety.
As a nation we must – and can – do more.
That’s why we are backing Together With Refugees’ call for a kinder, fairer and more effective system for refugees in the UK. We want Afghans and other people across the world fleeing persecution and violence to find safety here as they have in the past, no matter how they arrive.
Now is not the time to turn them away. Now is the time to offer our hand in kindness and protection. We urge you to think again.
Simon Callow CBE
Olivia Colman CBE
Fiona (Fi) Glover
Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS
Dame Jenni Murray DBE
Thandiwe Newton OBE
Robert Rinder MBE
Fiona Shaw CBE
Imelda Staunton CBE
Juliet Stevenson CBE
Dame Emma Thompson DBE
Gok Wan MBE
Zoë Wanamaker CBE