How we treat refugees is who we are: showing compassion and welcoming the stranger fleeing war, persecution or violence.
On Wednesday 20th October, JRS UK will be joining with other grassroots refugee organisations for a Refugees Welcome Rally at Parliament Square.
In advance of the Rally, refugee friends of JRS UK, volunteers, staff and supporters will join together with other Catholic and Christian organisations to gather in prayer and solidarity before the rally. We’ll be gathering at Sacred Heart Church on Horseferry Road for a short prayer service, and then walking together to Parliament Square. It’s a short walk of just under a mile.
You are welcome to join us for any part – or all – of the day.
"The best way to achieve justice is to expose injustice. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere."
Member of JRS UK’s advocacy group, Refugees Call for Change
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.
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
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.
The Together with Refugees mission statement.
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.
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.
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.