By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
LONDON, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a small London workshop on a hot summer's day, Reem goes back and forth between caring for her crying son and assembling purple campanulas, pink peonies and blue nigellas in a bouquet.
Among the discarded stems that litter the floor, refugee women rush to ready the flowers for delivery to London homes before the heat wilts all their work.
Today new statistics have been published showing a significant increase in the number of people seeking refuge in the UK having to wait longer than six months for a decision on their asylum application.
The figures show that at the end of March 2017, there were 8,879 asylum applications that hadn’t received an initial decision within six months — a 72% increase on twelve months before.
The Home Office has previously said that it aims to decide straightforward asylum applications within six months.
Over 200 children have already been brought to Britain from France under the Dubs scheme
By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
LONDON, April 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain announced on Wednesday it would extend a scheme to take in vulnerable child migrants from Europe, but charities said thousands of children travelling alone would still be left in danger.
The immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, said Britain would resettle 480 unaccompanied child migrants from the European Union, instead of the 350 previously agreed upon.
A landmark cross-party report has found that Government policies are creating a costly “two-tier system” of refugee protection leaving many homeless and destitute, seriously damaging their prospects of integration.
'Refugees Welcome?' released today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees, which the Refugee Council provides the secretariat for, found that refugees want to contribute their skills and talents to the UK, but face a number of barriers.
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.
Overview of the of the main changes since the previous update
The report was previously updated in November 2015.
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.
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.
A group of four organisations are urging the UK government to change the rules around reuniting refugee families as a way of offering a safe haven to more vulnerable people.
The government claimed local authorities didn’t have the capacity to support any more unaccompanied children to come to the UK when it announced earlier this month that it would be ending the Dubs amendment scheme introduced last year to welcome some of the thousands living in squalid refugee camps in Europe. Only 350 children will benefit from the scheme.
Budding actors and musicians from the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Group tour the world performing for refugee children
By: Omar Karmi
LONDON, United Kingdom – The ragged boy lurched forward and fell. Limbs flailed desperately until, at the last moment, they caught, leaving his body dangling precariously over a drop.
Last week, the government announced it would bring over just 150 more unaccompanied child refugees under the Dubs scheme, drawing widespread criticism.
But in the coming week our MPs have the chance to change this – and you can help make sure they do.
What is the Dubs scheme?
Named after Lord Alf Dubs, who came to Britain as a child refugee during the Second World War, the ‘Dubs scheme’ was introduced in May 2016 after he sponsored an amendment to the Immigration Act.
The UK’s programme to resettle lone children fleeing war is a small beacon of humanity amid Europe’s sorry response to the refugee crisis
G4S is to be awarded a Government contract to provide welfare services to children and families imprisoned in a new family detention unit at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, according to media reports.
The news follows the closure of Cedars, a controversial specialist detention unit used to detain children and families awaiting removal from the country.
The Government has announced it will close a special scheme to relocate vulnerable unaccompanied children from other European countries to the UK.
The Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has said that the UK has committed to relocating 350 young people through section 67 of the Immigration Act – often known as the Dubs Amendment – with over 200 children having arrived already.
In response to the government’s decision to stop accepting lone child refugees under the Dubs amendment, Maya Mailer, Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Policy, said:
“We're shocked and disappointed that less than a year after it allowed unaccompanied child refugees to find a safe haven in the UK, the government is now wriggling out of its responsibilities.
“The government’s decision flies in the face of the huge public support for the Dubs amendment.
A project designed to help young refugees integrate into communities in Britain has secured £1 million in funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
‘From Surviving to Thriving’ is a joint project between the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council and UpRising.
By: Laura Padoan
Communities come together to welcome resettled Syrian families
“As we say in Northern Ireland, ‘Come on, on, on in!’’’ In the rural town of Lurgan, County Armagh, retired teacher Arthur McKeown welcomes a few late stragglers to the English class he teaches on a voluntary basis at the St Vincent de Paul Society’s community centre. This morning’s lesson has the most British of themes. ‘What’s the weather like today?’ Arthur asks the class.
It's been three months since the "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais was closed and hundreds of minors arrived in the UK. Abigail Frymann Rouch reports from London on how young African refugees are acclimatizing.
The author is Amnesty International UK's women's human rights programme manager
Wednesday 7 December 2016 07.48 EST
Despite saying it wants to protect women from sexual violence in conflict, the UK fails to provide safe, legal routes to sanctuary and handles asylum insensitively
International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities
The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.
To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.