JRS UK advocates for the rights of refugees and for policies that protect refugees and allow them to flourish. Our advocacy starts by listening to refugees’ concerns and then working with them to find solutions.
Our advocacy aims to raise awareness of policy issues that shape refugees’ lives and experience, especially by championing refugee voices. We publish our own research and reports, contribute to public policy consultations and advocacy campaigns, work with other organisations to raise awareness, and facilitate spaces of encounter.
By donating to JRS UK, you help us to continue advocacting for a fairer, more humane asylum system.
We regularly publish blogs and updates about issues facing refugees, and also produce resources you can use when speaking to others. You can find these resources by navigating the ‘learn more’ section on our menu bar, or by clicking through the links below.
Bibby Stockholm: The Bibby Stockholm barge, berthed in Portland Port, Dorset, is a large barge where people seeking asylum are being ‘accommodated’. This is part of a wider move to ‘accommodate’ those seeking asylum in large-scale, institutional, out-of-town, and quasi-detention settings. On this page, find a summary of what’s happened so far, why housing people on barges is problematic, and links to more resources.
Illegal Migration Act: The Illegal Migration Act became law on 20th July 2023, after speeding through parliament at an unprecedented rate. This ‘Refugee Ban’ puts an effective ban on claiming asylum in the UK. On this page, you’ll find updates – including on the Rwanda Bill currently going through parliament – and resources for talking to others.
Schools and Young People: On this page, you’ll find presentations and resources for schools and young people, so that you can bring in reflections and discussions on refugee and migration into your classrooms.