Asylum Welcome supports refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Our volunteers, members, supporters and staff share values based on a common humanity and social justice. Together, we work to reduce poverty, suffering and social isolation, and to enable asylum seekers and refugees to live with the respect and dignity to which they are entitled.








Director of Refugee Studies Centre fundraising for Asylum Welcome at London Marathon

April 2015

Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford will be participating at the London Marathon on April 26 raising money to support our work with refugees and asylum seekers. 


"This is the first and only time I have run for a charity. I am supporting Asylum Welcome because they are an Oxford-based charity doing great work for refugees and asylum seekers in the local community," Mr Betts explains his motivation. 

“As the Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, I am proud to support their work. The London Marathon is a week before the UK general election, and a major focus is asylum and immigration. I want to use this race as a chance to symbolically highlight the importance of refugee rights within our community.“

We are very grateful for this remarkable initiative to support our work and wish Alexander good luck and a great run! 

This is a great fundraising opportunity for Asylum Welcome, please support us and Alex via his online giving page




Release of Detention inquiry report

March 3 2015

The Parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK has published its report, which calls for a fundamental change to the way immigration detention is used in the UK. It declares that the current detention system, which detains far too many people for far too long, cannot go on. "We welcome the  report and hope that the Home Office will reflect on its conclusions", says our director Kate Smart. 

Read the FULL REPORT and the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. For further information on the inquiry see Website of the Parliamentary inquiry.

Search #detentioninquiry and #Time4aTimeLimit for related debates on Twitter 





Press release February 17 2015

Councillors told not to check statistics as decision day looms for extension of Campsfield Immigration Centre

Asylum Welcome issued a press release on the planned extension of Campsfield House 

The release is signed by a number of local organisations and supporters: Kate Smart, Asylum Welcome; Gill Baden, Bail Observation Project; Ade Henderson, Oxford Amnesty International Group; Christine Hogg, member of Medical Justice; Emma Jones, Oxford Women for Justice and Peace; Bill MacKeith, Close Campsfield Campaign; Wyon Stansfeld, Oxford City of Sanctuary, Bridget Walker, member of Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.

Download press release 







Asylum Welcome Submission Objecting to Cherwell District Council in respect of Planning Application 14/01778/F - Expansion of Camp 





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Annual Plan 2014-15

Asylum Welcome is looking forward with optimism in its plan for the year April 2014 - March 2015. Download the summary here to find out more about how we will be helping asylum seekers, refugees and detainees this year.




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“As an asylum seeker here you have no identity; you are always waiting. I want to be recognised as belonging; to be able to make my contribution.”Najaf, asylum seeker from Afghanistan