Display your orange heart

Inspired by the refugee nation flag, and the colours of a lifebelt, the orange heart symbolises hope and compassion.

Display an orange heart in your car, in your living room window, on your church bulletin board to show that you stand #togetherwithrefugees.

 

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Join us: Refugee Welcome Rally

It’s time to stand together. To defend the right to asylum and fight the Nationality & Borders Bill.

Join JRS UK and many other organisations at a Parliamentary Rally & Prayer Service:

Wednesday 20 Oct 4.30-6.30

Parliament Square, London

Join the Prayer Service & Rally

Advocate: Write to your MP

 

Write to your MP to voice your concerns over the government’s treatment of those who have been forcibly displaced. By contacting your MP you will take a step towards opposing the Nationality and Borders Bill and the New Plan for Immigration, and holding the government to account.

 

Contact your MP

7 key concerns about the Nationality and Borders Bill

  1. How worthy of protection someone is will depend on how they travelled to the UK: denying sanctuary to the vast majority of people seeking asylum
  2. It will expand the use of detention-like accommodation centres: like Napier and Penally Barracks
  3. It will permit the use of offshore processing of cases
  4. It will tear families apart, making family reunion near-impossible
  5. It places huge barriers to protection within the asylum determination process
  6. No proposals for safe routes for refugees, and fails to provide a strong commitment to help refugees resettlement
  7. People seeking sanctuary will be more vulnerable to trafficking and modern slavery

 “How we treat refugees is about who we are. At our best, we are welcoming and kind to those facing difficult times. If any one of us feared for our lives or for our loved ones, we’d want to know that others would help us to safety.  Together, we are calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is more effective, fair and humane. This means standing up for people’s ability to seek safety in the UK no matter how they came here and ensuring people can live in dignity while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. It means empowering refugees to rebuild their lives and make valuable contributions to our communities. And it means the UK working with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced to flee their homes. Be a part of our shared movement for change.”

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The Together with Refugees mission statement.

Blogs

The Nationality and Borders Bill – aka the #Anti-Refugee Bill – seeks to overhaul the UK asylum system. Far from creating a ‘fair but firm’ asylum system, the cruel and inhumane proposals would deny many refugees the chance to seek sanctuary in the UK, criminalise many of those who try,
isolate refugees in harmful out-of-town reception centres, and undermine 70 years of international co-operation under the UN refugee convention.

Read more about the challenges the bill presents in a range of blogs of JRS UK, exploring the different challenges presented by the Bill.

Read our latest blogs

Sharing resources

Refugees and those who stand in solidarity with refugees are speaking out about the proposed changes to the asylum system. We encourage you to join us!

There have been a wide range of responses and related research published. There’s a wealth of letters, statements and resources for your to read and learn more.

Resources for advocacy

A positive vision for an asylum system

Our recent report ‘Being Human in the Asylum System’ calls for a culture that values human dignity and promotes welcome with genuine openness. By bringing refugee experience and policy analysis into conversation with Catholic Social Teaching, it presents core principles and recommendations which envisage a just and person-centred asylum system.

Download ‘Being Human in the Asylum System’

Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

020 7488 7310
uk@jrs.net

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