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Statement on the Reopening of Campsfield IRC

Dear Friends, Many of you will have seen the news yesterday announcing the government’s plan to reopen Campsfield House as an immigration removal centre. The announcement very much fits with the policy of treating asylum seekers as illegal immigrants that has been provided for in the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 that we all

2022-10-10T09:21:36+00:00September 30th, 2022|

Refugee Community Organisation Profile: Syrian Sisters

During Refugee Week, we are launching a new feature, to promote the work of Refugee Community Organisations within Oxfordshire. We interviewed members of these groups and asked them what the theme for Refugee Week this year, Healing, means to them. This week, we hear from the Syrian Sisters. The civil war in

2022-06-24T02:03:45+00:00June 24th, 2022|

‘HERE’ Review: Exciting and direct theatre which advocates for hospitality in storytelling

By Iman Hakimi, Communications Volunteer  The one-word simplicity that Lindsey Rodden has chosen for the title of her latest production – ‘HERE’ – conjures questions around place, belonging and location even before the play springs into action. At surface level, ‘HERE’ is an estate in Byker, an urban, working-class district in Newcastle. ‘HERE’ is

2022-04-25T13:44:57+00:00April 25th, 2022|

Oxford is showing its heart for refugees in protest against the Nationality and Borders Bill

“You have shown such bravery in leaving your homeland and all you know to come to the UK. Please know that you have my support and respect. I do hope you receive all you need to make a fulfilling life here with friends and family - and that I may be included in that

2022-04-22T15:18:15+00:00April 21st, 2022|

Asylum Welcome joins Sanctuary Wheels project providing bikes to young refugees

Asylum Welcome is pleased to be establishing a partnership with the Sanctuary Wheels initiative to help grow and develop our Bike Project across the city and across Oxfordshire. Sanctuary Wheels is a project providing bikes to unaccompanied refugee youth in Oxford, initiated by Oxford City Council Migrant Champion Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini. It is coordinated between

2022-04-19T02:07:31+00:00April 19th, 2022|

Asylum Welcome selected as one of incoming Lord Mayor’s charities

The upcoming Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor James Fry, has chosen Asylum Welcome as one of his 3 charities of the year along with Emmaus and Aspire, with whom we work closely. Councillor Fry has served on the City Council since May 2012, and will become the 62nd Lord Mayor once confirmed and approved by

2022-04-18T22:19:30+00:00April 18th, 2022|

Is the Nationality and Borders Bill really what people want?

The Nationality and Borders Bill returned to the House of Commons on Tuesday 22nd March, where MPs voted on the House of Lords' amendments to the Bill. While the government faced strong criticism and a number of rebellions led by former Conservative ministers, in the end, all of the Lords amendments were rejected. A majority

2022-04-06T21:16:33+00:00March 23rd, 2022|

People with lived experience at the heart of Asylum Welcome

Featured photo: American Photo Archive / Alamy Two events last week illustrated very different elements of our work. We supported a young woman, who had arrived in Oxford among the thousands flown out of Kabul last summer, to move into her own flat in the city. She was an outspoken activist, at extreme

2022-03-23T12:37:36+00:00February 2nd, 2022|
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