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24 Mar 2017 description

Meet two London women supporting refugee and asylum-seeking women to build skills and confidence through floristry

“The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.”

So said Rose Schneiderman, a prominent trade union leader of the early 1900s.

That’s the motto of Bread and Roses, whose founders Sneh Jani and Olivia Head believe in helping refugee women to flourish through training and employment.

23 Mar 2017 description
report Christian Aid

Christian Aid welcomes The Home Office announcement to grant Syrians resettling in the UK refugee status, saying Britain should be proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and conflict.

Thousands of people who have fled Syria and resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) will now have access to rights, including higher education and overseas travel documents, promoting dignity and stability among people who have experienced violence and trauma.

23 Mar 2017 description

Welcoming the Government’s announcement that as of 1 July 2017 the UK will be granting refugee status to resettled Syrians and others arriving under the UK’s two major resettlement schemes, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, stressed today the importance this decision will have for their successful integration.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Refugee Council

Syrians being resettled in Britain have finally been recognised as refugees by the UK Government.

The Home Office has today announced that Syrian refugees who are being resettled here will now be granted refugee status, which will enable Syrians to access university and to travel more easily to visit relatives in other European countries.

21 Mar 2017 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human Rights BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 2017 17:7 DOI: 10.1186/s12914-017-0116-4© The Author(s). 2017

Received: 17 September 2016 Accepted: 11 March 2017 Published: 20 March 2017

Waleed M. Sweileh

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20 Mar 2017 description

International Development Secretary Priti Patel today visited the offices of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Euston to meet aid workers from six of its member charities recently returned from the crisis areas.

Aid workers from CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Plan International UK and Tearfund discussed the impact of the generous donations of the British public, UK Aid and the life-saving work that the DEC’s 13 member charities carry out on the ground.

20 Mar 2017 description
  1. The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is responding to the call for information about humanitarian responses to forced displacement in Central and East Africa.

17 Mar 2017 description

Overview of the of the main changes since the previous update

The report was previously updated in November 2015.

Asylum procedure

 A new process for children’s claims was introduced in July 2016.
There are changes to the early parts of the process, as well as new guidance on family tracing.

Reception conditions

16 Mar 2017 description
report European Commission
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Asylum quarterly report Statistics Explained

Eurostat News Release 46/2017 - 16 March 2017

In 2016, 1 204 300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number slightly down compared with 2015 (when 1 257 000 first time applicants were registered) but almost double that of 2014 (562 700).

Syrians (334 800 first time applicants), Afghans (183 000) and Iraqis (127 000) remained the main citizenship of people seeking international protection in the EU Member States in 2016, accounting for slightly more than half of all first time applicants.

15 Mar 2017 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

15 Mar 2017 description

UK Government to match the first £5 million donated by the public to the Disasters Emergency Committee's new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

The UK Government will match pound for pound the first £5 million donated by the public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

This new support will double the impact of the public’s own donations and ensure that charities working on the ground can reach even more people in need.

14 Mar 2017 description

Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen, South Sudan, and Somalia.

I would like to begin by thanking Stephen for his briefing. As well as for his initiative and stamina in confronting the toughest humanitarian challenges that the world present. And through him, may I pay tribute to all humanitarian workers responding to these humanitarian challenges, which are of a scale so unprecedented, so unacceptable that it’s almost unimaginable.

13 Mar 2017 description

The UK Government has announced it will fund a £16 million programme to help avert famine in Somalia over the coming months. It will support more than 450 000 people with life-saving interventions and particularly food and water support. The £16 million allocation is part of a wider UKAid drought intervention for Somalia totalling £110 million.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

Six years since the demonstrations that triggered the descent into a brutal civil war, millions of Syrians are bearing the brunt of increasingly restrictive policies around the world and inside Syria to stop them reaching safety, Oxfam warned today.

10 Mar 2017 description

The UK’s aid response to irregular migration in the central Mediterranean

UK aid interventions designed to address irregular migration through the central Mediterranean are currently some distance from making a measurable impact, a new review has found. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) – which scrutinises taxpayer-funded UK aid – also warned that there is a risk that some programmes supported by UK aid in the region could cause unintended harm to vulnerable migrants.

10 Mar 2017 description

The United Kingdom’s government is preparing to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and a two-year period of negotiations to leave the European Union. Ambiguity remains around the outcome of this process, with the one certainty being the ushering in of a period of uncertainty for the UK and EU economies, which risks damaging their international profiles for trade and investment.

09 Mar 2017 description

KHARTOUM, Sudan – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed a recent contribution of £2 million (approximately US$2.5 million) to its programme from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

06 Mar 2017 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched its new Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance and direction for the Secretariat over the next ten years.

The new Strategic Plan was approved at the annual SPREP meeting held last year in Niue, and has now replaced the previous five year strategic plan.