Join us in helping to protect and advance the rights of all those seeking a safe place to call home
68.5 million people, from all across the globe, have been forcibly displaced from their homes—more than at any point in history. People are fleeing the effects of climate change, poverty, violence, and war, but they want what we all want: a safe place to call home, happiness and peace for their families. And there are things we can all do.
People seeking asylum and refugee status are our neighbours, friends, and family. And when someone in our community needs us, we all pitch in, we all…cone together.
We don’t have all the answers, but we think we know how we can begin. Will you stand with us? Together we can ensure safety and security for some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
Did you know our Home Office is locking up thousands of people as part of their nightmare system of immigration detention? People are being routinely and inhumanely held in prison-like conditions with no idea when they’ll be released, even though it’s proven that immigration detention is harmful. But instead of using humane and effective alternatives, the Home Office has been trying to expand its nightmare system.
Join us in calling on Priti Patel to End Inhumane Detention. Sign the Petition!
Dear Home Secretary,
The UK’s system of immigration detention is inhumane and unjust. Basic rights are being denied to thousands of people locked up every year with no due process and no limit on how long they can be held.
This cruel and inhumane treatment of people has no place in a fair and just immigration system. You must immediately take steps to end it.
Did you know that people seeking asylum in the UK are banned from working? We don't think that makes any sense. But we've seen that we can rewrite the rules, so let's change this one. Let's give people seeking asylum the right to work. Let's rebuild a future which works for everyone. Join us and thousands of others and demand action today.
The challenges and opportunities are shared across borders, so we need greater cooperation between allied organisations and countries to make our communities thrive. This includes:
- Expanding safe and legal routes for people in search of safety.
- Upholding the right to seek asylum and the right to an individual assessment regardless of nationality.
- Championing ways that newcomers can participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of their communities so that everyone benefits.
- Ensuring that foreign policy is not used to trade-off the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in pursuit of migration control.
We need national policies that protect the right to asylum and advance human rights and dignity, including:
- A fair and timely asylum process where people entering the system are treated with compassion; are given the best possible chance for an accurate and timely decision; provided with support to look after themselves and their families and given help to rebuild their lives, whatever the outcome of their claim.
- A national asylum system that provides education and health care to people regardless of residence status; ensures fair housing policies in order to break segregation; removes detention centres; tackles racism; includes policies that take into account specific vulnerabilities (women, minors, LGBTQ) and provides the right to work without limitation for people seeking asylum.
- A proportionate resettlement system based on global need and economic capacity with targets that countries can meet.
We believe we have far more in common than that which divides us, so we'll be working to support understanding and awareness between locals and newcomers. Let’s melt barriers.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) to start the Ice Academy programme, an innovative model which works with people to develop their business ideas along with entrepreneurship training, mentoring and part-time employment. The programme works with people to build some of the practicalities needed to start a business; like access to finance, networks and the tools needed to put their creative ideas into action.
Refugee ActionOpens a new window is a national charity that supports refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. Our vision is that refugees and people seeking asylum will be welcome in the UK. They will get justice, live free of poverty and be able to successfully rebuild their lives.
The International Rescue CommitteeOpens a new window responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.
Founded in 2016, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) supports and empowers refugees to realise their potential, fulfil their aspirations and develop their own businesses.