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16 Jan 2018 description

This national action plan is the UK government’s 5-year strategy for how we will meet our Women, Peace and Security commitments under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 to reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls and to promote their inclusion in conflict resolution. It is part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK’s foreign policy consciously and consistently delivers for women and girls.

16 Jan 2018 description
report RESET

Chatterbox, a social venture based in the UK, is training refugees to become language teachers.

The UK is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled war and persecution in their home countries and are looking for a better future. But, despite their high levels of education and their ability to speak (often several) different languages, many of them often struggle to find a job.

15 Jan 2018 description

A series of photos by Aubrey Wade, backed by UNHCR, highlights how UK households have discovered that offering a room to a refugee can benefit both parties.

By Matthew Saltmarsh

LONDON - Opening one’s home — and life — to someone who has been forced to flee their own country is not a decision to be taken lightly. But, as a new photographic exhibition on refugee-hosting in Britain demonstrates, it can bring real benefits to both parties.

09 Jan 2018 description

City of Sanctuary, a ‘movement for cultural change’, is expanding often in deprived areas, helping instil values of hospitality and welcome

BOLTON, England – Upstairs at Victoria Hall Methodist Mission, a warren of meeting rooms tucked around a 1,250-seat concert hall in this once prosperous northern English city, the strains of a Mozart serenade fill a makeshift studio where untrained dancers move with surprising grace.

26 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

Without any idea where their relatives are or the ability to search for them, people around the world turn to international family tracing teams for help

Six months after he arrived in the UK, Hassan’s calls to his family started going unanswered. He would send WhatsApp messages to his wife and children, but the blue double tick sign for message read did not appear. From April 2016 until January 2017, nothing.

01 Dec 2017 description
report Refugee Council

The Home office has today published its quarterly immigration statistics covering the period between July and September 2017. You can see the Refugee Council’s response to these statistics below, and the statistics themselves here.

04 Aug 2017 description

New funding from the UK for polio eradication will immunize up to 45 million children a year against polio.

The United Kingdom is helping make history by eradicating a human disease for just the second time ever, after smallpox. On August 4, Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel announced £100 million in new funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which will help to give the world’s children protection against this crippling disease.

23 Jun 2017 description

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.

25 May 2017 description
report Refugee Council

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.

26 Apr 2017 description

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.

25 Apr 2017 description
report Refugee Council

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.

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.

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

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.

28 Feb 2017 description
report Oxfam

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.

25 Feb 2017 description

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.

16 Feb 2017 description
report Save the Children

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.

14 Feb 2017 description
report The Guardian

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

10 Feb 2017 description
report Refugee Council

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.