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Hari is the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at Asylum Welcome. Contact her at advocacy@asylum-welcome.org

‘Cultures, Crossings, and Communities’: Asylum Welcome and Oxford Festival of the Arts host an All-Day Bazaar

By Iman Hakimi, Comms and Advocacy Volunteer  To close Refugee Week 2022, Asylum Welcome partnered with the Oxford Festival of the Arts to host ‘Cultures, Crossings, and Communities’, an All-Day Bazaar at Magdalen College School. Festivities were followed by a panel discussion chaired by BBC political correspondent Rob Watson, with local councillors and

2022-07-13T09:06:48+00:00July 12th, 2022|

I took Asylum Welcome’s Alternative Walking Tour… this is what I learned

By Iman Hakimi, Comms and Advocacy Volunteer The Oxford Alternative Walking Tour: an informative and convivial event which magnified the interconnectedness of charity, community, and solidarity. To kickstart celebrations for Refugee Week 2022, Asylum Welcome organised an Alternative Walking Tour of Oxford on Saturday 18th June: three guided tours led

2022-07-13T09:58:49+00:00July 12th, 2022|

Asylum Welcome Statement on the reopening of Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire

In December 2018, Campsfield immigration detention centre in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, was finally closed, 25 years after it opened. As an organisation, Asylum Welcome was born out of the community campaign to close Campsfield, having run a visiting programme for those held in the centre. We have seen first-hand the trauma and harm done by detention

2022-06-28T16:10:44+00:00June 28th, 2022|

World Refugee Day: Celebrating Difference A Conversation with Nadine Kaadan

To mark World Refugee Day 2022, watch the interview that Nuha Abdo, our Refugee and Migrant Community Support Coordinator, made with Nadine Kaadan, children’s author and illustrator, who penned the story for Little Amal’s visit to Oxford in October 2021. Kaadan’s story, ‘Amal Meets Alice’, brought the companionship of Amal

2022-06-20T13:13:30+00:00June 20th, 2022|

Refugee Week 2022 Events in Oxford and Reading

More than 20 events are taking place in Oxford and Reading this year to mark Refugee Week 2022. There is something for everyone: exhibitions, film screenings, a guided tour, a pop-up marketplace and a quilt making workshop! During Refugee Week, we celebrate the positive impact that refugees have in our society - an impact

2022-06-14T16:36:25+00:00June 14th, 2022|

Asylum Welcome says: NO OFFSHORING TO RWANDA!

The controversial plan to begin removing asylum seekers to Rwanda has been given the go-ahead, pending a high-court appeal on Monday. The first flight is expected to leave on Tuesday (14th June). Under this new scheme, anybody who arrived in the UK after the 1st of January by routes deemed ‘illegal’ by the Nationality

2022-06-13T09:33:22+00:00June 13th, 2022|

The Anti-Refugee Bill has become Anti-Refugee Law, but we won’t back down…

This is a dark time for us as refugee advocates, but it's also a chance to regroup, reflect on our achievements, and reaffirm our commitment to treat all refugees and asylum seekers equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of how they arrived here. Following nine months of debate, significant opposition

2022-05-04T13:31:52+00:00May 2nd, 2022|

Nationality and Borders Bill second defeat in the House of Lords

The Nationality and Borders Bill returned to the House of Lords for the second time on Monday 4th April where the Lords stood firm on their previous amendments to the Bill. In total, the Bill suffered 12 defeats, with only one win for the government. The Lords reaffirmed their commitment

2022-04-07T10:59:27+00:00April 7th, 2022|

‘One Last Push’: Oxfordshire against the Nationality and Borders Bill

As part of the Together With Refugees coalition, we are encouraging one last push to demonstrate that Oxfordshire, and indeed all of the UK, will not stand by the Nationality and Borders Bill in its original form. Substantial amendments and concessions must be agreed and passed. Below are 12 actions you can take to

2022-04-06T21:16:48+00:00March 23rd, 2022|
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