We believe people fleeing war, climate change or persecution should be able to rebuild their lives in safety.
But right now, the Government is trying to pass a bill that is totally anti-refugees. This would make life harder than ever for people simply seeking a safe place to call home.
Take action now to stop the bill. Add your name to the petition from our friends at Refugee Action.
Join the Week of Action against the Bill
We all need to come (ahem, cone) together to make some noise in protest. That’s why we’re part of a week of action to show our leaders that we oppose this bill, and that refugees are welcome in the UK.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
1. Take to the streets for a Refugees Welcome Rally.
Wednesday 20th October, 4.30 -6.30pm Parliament Square, London
BYOB (bring your own banner)
Find out more here.
3. Listen to Lived Experience
People with lived experience of the UK’s immigration and asylum system must be at the centre of action to fix these systems. Make sure you’re following RAS Voice (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Voice), Allies for Justice and One Strong Voice . Also keep an eye out for our social media channels during the week of action as we hand them over to experts by experience.
4. Join a local event
From Glasgow to Brighton there’s events happening up and down the country. Find an event near you here.
What is the bill and what would the bill mean?
The Nationality and Borders Bill is currently going through Parliament. This Bill is the biggest attack on the right to asylum and refugee protections the UK has ever seen and it’s so horrendous it’s known as the Anti-Refugee Bill (and yes, it’s really that bad!)
If passed, people would be judged whether they are worthy of protection based on how they arrived, not what they fled. The recent and heart-breaking horrors unfolding in Afghanistan show how suddenly people can find themselves suddenly needing to take ANY route to safety and highlighted how official resettlement is just one very narrow route to safety that most refugees will never be able to access.
Yet, for people who make their own way to the UK to claim asylum, here’s how they’d be treated under Priti Patel’s Anti-Refugee Bill.
6 MONTH DELAY TO REBUILDING LIVES
If people have come to the UK via another country, then the UK Home Office will spend 6 months trying to deport them anywhere they can before even considering their claim. Not only does this put lives at risk, but asylum waiting times are already at an all time high, and so people will be trapped even longer in a broken system.
While waiting months or years for their asylum claim to be processed, people could be warehoused in offshore camps. Australia has a similar system which is known for human rights violations.
For people eventually granted refugee status, they would only be given this for a short period making them continually at risk of deportation. This removes any chance of people being able to rebuild their lives. Instead, people would be living in fear, constantly at risk of their recent safety being torn from under them.
People who arrived via their own means may never be able to see their families again people wouldn’t be eligible for family reunification – a process which allows separated family member to reunite in a safe country. This means separated children, siblings or parents may never see each other again.
The bill would push even more people into more extreme poverty and harmful situations and would only force people to take more dangerous journeys to escape war and violence.
Fight the Bill
Even without the proposed changes in the Anti-Refugee Bill, the UK asylum system is broken.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. A refugee and asylum system rooted in dignity and compassion where people are offered sanctuary based on their need for protection, not on their method of travel, is possible.
Fight the Anti Refugee Bill! Raise your voice, sign the petition and get involved in the week of action!