by Chris Bowie, Regional Therapeutic Services Team
UK aid: Focus cross-government projects on world's poorest, urge MPs
Aid delivered under the Prosperity Fund is insufficiently focused on the poorest, according to a new report from the International Development Committee, the Definition and administration of ODA. The Government has committed to spending increasing amounts of Official Development Assistance (ODA) outside the Department for International Development (DFID) claiming that this will engage other departments' skills, expertise and networks.
by Serena Chaudhry | @SerenaChaudhry | Thomson Reuters Foundation
"It's very inhumane. They don't treat you like a human being. You don't have rights"
LONDON, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign trafficking survivors wishing to stay in Britain say their health has suffered as they struggle to cope with insensitive staff, a lack of information and years in limbo, without the right to work, due to a backlog of asylum claims.
Growing compassion towards refugees could be attributed to a more accepting attitude post-Brexit, as well as the Windrush scandal over Britain's treatment of Caribbean immigrants
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By Serena Chaudhry
LONDON, May 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Public sympathy for refugees is growing in Britain and more than half of British people believe there should be greater support from the government, a study found on Thursday.
The UK’s approach to funding the UN humanitarian system
We are conducting of performance review to assess how well DFID uses its influence as a major funder of the United Nations (UN) humanitarian system to improve the effectiveness and value for money of multilateral humanitarian aid.
In 2016, the UK spent £1.3 billion on humanitarian assistance – about 10% of the aid budget. In 2015-16, more than £900 million was directed through the following UN humanitarian organisations:
Britain Becomes 74th Country to Join Safe Schools Declaration
Britain’s announcement today that it is backing the Safe Schools Declaration is as important as it is timely. The Declaration, in which governments pledge to not use schools for military purposes and to protect them during military operations, has now been signed by 74 countries, including the majority of NATO and EU member states.
In recent weeks, significant numbers of asylum seekers in the UK have been informed that they are prohibited from studying, including some who had been preparing for important examinations.
Legislative changes brought in under Schedule 10 to the Immigration Act 2016, which came into force in January 2018, have affected the status of those asylum seekers who are in the UK without leave to enter or remain; including those who are waiting for the Home Office to make a decision on their asylum application.
"I couldn't believe it. When the offer came, I couldn't sleep that night. I was so excited"
By Lin Taylor
LONDON, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As soon as he was allowed to work in Britain, Ethiopian refugee Sentayhu began applying for jobs, confident his experience as a web developer back home would land him a tech industry role.
But month after month, the 35-year-old heard nothing back.
The Home Office today published a report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, "How the Home Office considers the ‘Best interests’ of Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children", following an inspection in late 2017.
By Laura Padoan
After initial vote in Commons, the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill will now be examined by a committee of MPs, raising hopes for rule changes to help keep families together
MPs from across the political divide voted on Friday in favour of changing the law to enable families divided by conflict and persecution to be reunited in the UK.
The Refugee Council has today welcomed the Government’s integrated communities strategy green paper, which you can read here.
This much awaited green paper includes an acknowledgement that refugees who have come through the UK asylum system need better support to enable them to integrate in the UK and that important improvements need to be made in this area. This includes learning from the elements of the Government’s resettlement scheme that have worked most effectively.
The number of people resettled from Syria under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, first announced in 2014, has been published today in the government’s migration statistics for 2017. The grand total since that date has reached 10,538; just over half of the total commitment to be resettled by 2020. Local authorities, charities and communities throughout the country have welcomed people selected for the scheme because a member of the family is deemed vulnerable and would be unlikely to be able to continue living in neighbouring countries, such as Lebanon and Turkey.
The Trojan Women Project provides refugees a chance to learn new skills and voice experiences of exile; ‘The World to Hear,’ a film about the acclaimed ‘Queens of Syria’ theatre tour, is running at the Glasgow Film Festival
By Charlotte Eagar | 23 February 2018
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - Two Syrian women are arguing into a microphone. “I don’t want to see anyone,” Fatima shouts at Reem. “You invited him! You sort it out!” Beside them, Nancy, an elegant Scottish lady of a certain age, says quietly: “Very good! I think that’s it!”
LONDON, 22 February 2017
The UK is more than half way towards meeting its commitment to resettle 20,000 people through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) by 2020, new Government figures revealed today.
The latest quarterly Home Office immigration statistics show that 10,538 refugees have been resettled on the VPRS, one of the largest global resettlement programmes, since it began.
Mordaunt: "Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK Government funding until DFID is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of our partners"
On Friday 16 February International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
“I have now received a formal response to the set of demands I put to Oxfam in my meeting with Mark Goldring, Chief Executive, and Caroline Thomson, Chair of Trustees, on 12 February.
In January, the Government announced a range of new measures that will help child refugees in Europe come to the UK safely and much more quickly.
Crucially, they extended the cut-off date for children eligible for transfer under the Dubs amendment – a scheme that gives sanctuary in the UK to unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe. This is something we have long been calling for.
Penny Mordaunt has announced a series of actions to tackle sexual exploitation in the aid sector, declaring it vital that the whole sector steps up.
Published 12 February 2018 From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP
A statement from International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt:
“This morning I met with Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Caroline Thomson, Oxfam Chair of Trustees.
A Kurdish refugee from northeast Syria, Mousa has been painting his journey of exile. In Northern Ireland, he has finally found a haven for his family, his art is blossoming, and he’s trying to repay the community that has taken him in
By Dalal Mawad in Belfast, Northern Ireland | 09 February 2018
by Umberto Bacchi | @UmbertoBacchi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 2 February 2018 17:02 GMT
"I hope (viewers) take away the idea that refugees are human beings"
LONDON, Feb 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Syrian teenager Abdulaziz Alkhaleed first arrived in Britain in 2015, he could not speak a word of English and even going to the supermarket made him nervous.
"I wasn't able to communicate," he said. "My first six months in this country I was isolated from everyone".