Stop the anti-refugee bill

The Government is trying to pass an Anti-Refugee Bill (also known as the Nationality and Borders Bill) that would take a wrecking ball to the right to claim asylum in the UK. It represents the biggest attack on the refugee protection system that we have ever seen and will close the door to desperate people who arrive in the UK to seek safety.

Under the Bill, only refugees arriving through extraordinarily restricted “official” routes, such as refugee resettlement, will be allowed to claim protection. All others will be deemed “inadmissible” to claim asylum and the Government will seek to deport them. If they cannot be deported, they may be allowed to claim asylum in the UK but if they receive refugee status as a result they will not be given the right to settle. Instead, they will be regularly reassessed for removal, with limited rights to family reunion and benefits.

Find out more about the Bill and why we will fight it at every turn.

Standing Up For Asylum

When the Government proposes a Bill that punishes refugees, you have to put the whole thing in the bin.

There’s no redeeming the #AntiRefugeeBill – it must be scrapped.

So that’s what we did after handing in almost 180,000 petition signatures opposing the Bill.

Doubling down on injustice

Regardless of the Government’s plans, the current asylum system already too often fails those desperately seeking safety. Instead of safety and shelter, they can be left hungry and homeless on our streets while they wait, sometimes years, to get a decision that in many cases is wrong.

It’s unfair and ineffective.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Instead of hostility and neglect, we believe a different future is possible. A future where those forced to flee the homes they loved receive compassion, a fair decision, essential support and help to rebuild their lives. A future we can be proud of.

The current reality vs. our vision

Hostility

People seeking safety are demonised and attacked whilst desperately trying to navigate a complex system without any help.

Compassion

Compassion is at the heart of a system that is focused on protecting the needs of the vulnerable. People feel welcomed.

Hostility

People seeking safety are demonised and attacked whilst desperately trying to navigate a complex system without any help.

Compassion

Compassion is at the heart of a system that is focused on protecting the needs of the vulnerable. People feel welcomed.

Injustice

People are waiting years at a time for a decision on their claim that is too often wrong because the process is simply unfair.

Fairness

People are given the best possible chance for a fair and timely decision that is right the first time.

Injustice

People are waiting years at a time for a decision on their claim that is too often wrong because the process is simply unfair.

Fairness

People are given the best possible chance for a fair and timely decision that is right the first time.

Destitution

People are left destitute because the system fails to give them the support they need and denies them the right to work.

Dignity

People are given timely support to look after themselves and their families, and are given the right to work.

Destitution

People are left destitute because the system fails to give them the support they need and denies them the right to work.

Dignity

People are given timely support to look after themselves and their families, and are given the right to work.

Neglect

After being granted refugee status many fall into destitution and those who receive a negative decision are treated as criminals.

Support

People are given the support they need to restart their lives, whatever the outcome of their asylum claim.

Neglect

After being granted refugee status many fall into destitution and those who receive a negative decision are treated as criminals.

Support

People are given the support they need to restart their lives, whatever the outcome of their asylum claim.

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76% of all people seeking asylum wait longer than 6 months for a decision
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Vulnerable families struggle to survive on just £5.66 a day for years
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36% of people are granted refugee status on appeal

Constructing a crisis

It’s not easy running an asylum system that protects people fleeing war and persecution and gives them a fair hearing on their application for refugee status. So it’s no surprise that some politicians see it as a thankless task and turn instead to fabricating problems, such as a BÖRDER KRISÍS, to give them cover for the solutions they prefer (such as the #AntiRefugeeBill).

Of course, we think politicians should stop building a BÖRDER KRISÍS and start building a country that treats people seeking safety with compassion.

People who are seeking asylum, they already have lots of problems. They have left everything in their home country, whatever their problem is, they have worries, they are heartbroken. So why not help them?

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Accommodating prejudice

The accommodation system for people seeking asylum has been in crisis for years. People have been left in dangerously dilapidated houses their ceilings have literally fallen in, stuck in hotels for months on end and effectively detained in disused army barracks. Yet the Anti-Refugee Bill is set to make the situation much worse.

Research, resources and reports on the asylum system

In this document, we imagine what the UK could look like with a fair and effective asylum system, built on four key pillars of support, dignity, fairness and compassion.

Our research shows how vulnerable people have been failed by the asylum system. Some have been left in appalling living conditions or without any support at all.

Lift the Ban

Right now, right here in the UK, people seeking refugee status are banned from working while they wait months, and often years, for a decision on their asylum claim. Instead, they are left to live on just £5.66 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people.

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Access to Justice in the Asylum System

Changes to the legal aid system have left many people seeking asylum completely unable to access the legal support they need to make their case for protection from violence or persecution. This is denying justice to some of the most vulnerable people in our country. It is essential that people are able to access good quality legal assistance.

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