Up to 100,000 people are expected to join the Solidarity with Refugees march in Central London calling on the government to do more to respond to the largest refugee crisis since World War Two.
Leading refugee charity Refugee Action and its supporters will be there with a dozen refugees and asylum seekers – several of whom have been resettled to the UK from refugee camps around the world.
Stephen Hale, Refugee Action Chief Executive (one of the speakers at the march), says:
“This is a once in a generation moment to put pressure on the government to show much more support to refugees. The huge groundswell of public support for refugees has already forced the Prime Minister to increase the number of Syrian refugees taken in from camps in the Middle East. But we urgently need action and a clear plan so that people can reach safety in the UK as soon as possible.”
Haider, a refugee who worked as an interpreter for British forces in Iraq before being resettled with his wife to the UK, says:
“I will always be grateful to Britain for welcoming me, my wife and two daughters. But we are just the tip of the iceberg. Many more families in Syria and Iraq are in need.”
Also attending with be Ban, a refugee who fled both Iraq and Syria with her family before being resettled to the UK.
Of the support she received from Refugee Action, Ban says: “It makes me able to stand again. At last there is hope for a future for my family”.
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Contact on the day: For any Refugee Action media enquiries please call 07771 748159
There will be a press conference at 11.30am on Saturday 12 September outside the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane.