Join our campaign to support family reunion for refugees

Last year, you helped persuade the UK government to accept 20,000 additional Syrian refugees. Now we need your help again: to reunite separated refugee families.

The UK’s current refugee family reunion rules are very restrictive. They exclude the complex relationships that affect families torn apart by war – for example, people caring for orphaned younger siblings, or unaccompanied children who’ve been separated from their parents.

This means refugees who have reached safety can find it almost impossible to bring their dependent family members to join them in the UK.

Take our test to see just how tough the current system is and add your name to our petition for change.

For refugees like Abebe, who’s been separated from his pregnant wife for many months, being apart from close family is a huge barrier to rebuilding a life in the UK. It’s also incredibly dangerous –leaving families like his stranded in unsafe situations or risking their lives to reach their loved ones.

Refugee Action believes refugees should be able to be reunited with their dependent family members.

To make this happen, we want to see the eligibility criteria for refugee family reunion widened to recognise all relationships where the family members are dependent on the refugee. This should include, at a minimum, children over 18, parents, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings. In addition, unaccompanied child refugees should be permitted to reunite with the relatives on whom they depend, such as their parents.

Fairer refugee family reunion rules would protect vulnerable people by giving them a safe and legal route to reach their relatives. Please sign our petition, or collect signatures using our paper petition, to help make this happen.

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