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02 Oct 2017 description

By Stephen Thompson

Institute of Development Studies


  • The global context of international development.

  • UK Parliament’s guiding principles, legislation and strategic priorities.

  • Official Development Assistance spending: cross-government approach, classification and recipients.


20 Sep 2017 description

Prime Minister Theresa May hosted an event on tackling modern slavery at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Refugee Council

A new survey, commissioned by the Guardian and published by the Refugee Council today has found high levels of homelessness and destitution among refugees shortly after they have been granted their refugee status.

02 Sep 2017 description
report Refugee Council

The private security company G4S has today announced that it has suspended nine staff members from an Immigration Removal Centre following allegations of abuse and assaults against people detained.

An investigation has been launched into the allegations ahead of a BBC Panorama programme scheduled to be shown on Monday evening that is reported to include covert footage recorded at Brook House IRC near Gatwick airport. The footage is said to show officers “mocking, abusing and assaulting” people being held there.

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.

20 Jul 2017 description

In a picturesque English village, one couple have transformed their home into a haven for people who have fled violence and persecution.

By: Warda Aljawahiry in Norfolk, United Kingdom

Sudanese refugee Noah, 27, admits that when he first came to The Grange he wasn’t sure what to expect. But after meeting the manager of the farmhouse an instant friendship was struck, which is still going strong two years later.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Refugee Council

We are delighted that Angus MacNeil, an SNP MP for the Western Isles, today (Wednesday 19 July) introduced a Private Member’s Bill about Refugee Family Reunion in Parliament. Hooray!

This means that the existing rules surrounding refugee family reunion, which prevent refugee families from being together, will be debated by decision makers in Parliament in the coming months. If successful, the law will be changed to enable more refugee families the chance to reunite just when they need each other most.

19 Jul 2017 description

A new £1 million funding pot to help community groups support refugees fleeing the war in Syria to settle in the UK has been announced.

The funding was announced by the Home Secretary to mark the one year anniversary of the community sponsorship scheme (Wednesday 19 July).

04 Jul 2017 description
report Refugee Council

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced to Parliament today that the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, launched in 2014 and expanded in September 2015, will no longer exclude non-Syrians living in Syria who are in need of resettlement. These include Iraqis and Palestinians, many of whom had lived in Syria for many years, having been safe there until the conflict in Syria broke out.

04 Jul 2017 description

By: Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, UNHCR UK Representative

“We welcome the UK Government’s announcement today (July 3) that it will broaden the criteria for inclusion in its Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) to all nationalities who have fled the Syria conflict, rather than Syrians alone. This will help provide life-saving resettlement opportunities to particularly vulnerable non-Syrian refugees fleeing the crisis who sought refuge in Syria, but had to flee again as a result of the conflict.

03 Jul 2017 description

From:Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration Part of:Syria
Published:3 July 2017

The Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) will be expanded to include refugees of all nationalities who have fled the conflict in Syria to neighbouring countries.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced today (Monday 3 July) that vulnerable refugees of any nationality, not just Syrian, who fled the conflict to neighbouring countries and are unable to safely return to their home country could now be resettled in the UK. There has been no change to the 20,000 commitment.

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.

21 Jun 2017 description

“When I was at university, I volunteered as a mentor to Adam. Adam was a young asylum seeker from Darfur who had applied to remain in the UK. It didn’t take long for me to notice the problems that his lack of mobility caused so when my brother gave me an old bike, I refurbished it and gave it to him,” said Jem Stein, the young founder and creator of The Bike Project.

“It made such a huge difference to his life that when I graduated, I started collecting bikes, doing them up in my spare time and giving them away to other refugees and asylum seekers.”

02 Jun 2017 description
report ALNAP

By Neil Dillon on 2 June 2017

Ahead of the United Kingdom's general election, the three major parties have now pledged to maintain at least 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid. But in a world where anti-aid sentiment is growing every day, it wouldn’t be wise for the aid community to start counting its chickens yet.

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.

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.