Make the next five years count for refugees

At Refugee Action, we want the next five years to see Britain maintain and extend its welcome for refugees and asylum seekers.

That’s why we’ve joined forces with Refugee Council and Scottish Refugee Council to develop the Refugees Welcome Pledge that we want all parliamentary candidates to sign.

This is the pledge we’re asking all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) to sign:

I pledge to respect the importance of refugee protection, including in wide-ranging debates about immigration, and, if elected, to uphold the proud tradition throughout the UK of welcoming people forced to flee war and persecution and helping them rebuild their lives.

The General Election is an important moment for anyone who cares about protecting refugees.

You can ask your local candidates to sign the pledge and commit to protecting refugees in the UK.

The more candidates who sign the pledge, the more chance we have to make sure the UK continues its proud tradition of welcoming people in need of safety and protection.

We need to ensure that candidates standing for election hear that how we treat refugees really matters to voters. After all, many of these candidates will go on to form the new parliament and Government.

For more ideas on how to engage your candidates on refugee issues during the election, download Ask the Refugee Question: a local campaigning guide for the General Election 2017.