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The RAMFEL Report: a reflection on the UK’s increasingly hostile environment

Content by Tiger Hills / Image by Slava Kosteniuk Reporting by RAMFEL reminds us how our immigration system continues to be ‘hostile’ for migrants even after they gain entry to the UK and begin to re-establish their lives. The UK Home Office introduced its ‘hostile environment’ policy in the 2014

2023-01-03T14:32:58+00:00November 20th, 2022|

“They did not receive the welcome they deserve”

Our director, Mark, criticised the egregious Home Office failures that led to vulnerable refugees being transferred to an Oxford hotel with no prior planning or consultation. Mark Goldring, director of Asylum Welcome, told The Oxford Mail, “it is absolutely right” that Oxford should welcome more refugees and asylum seekers but

2022-11-11T14:36:30+00:00November 11th, 2022|

Family & Community Day at The Old School House

By Sarah Firth, Families & Community Coordinator & Independent social worker Asylum Welcome’s Resettlement Programme currently works alongside 14 families providing 12 months of intensive support to adults and children who have arrived to settle in Oxford city via the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) programmes

2022-11-18T17:53:47+00:00October 27th, 2022|

The Hand of Friendship – protest through embroidery

Dear Friends, The articles in this newsletter are linked by a common thread of respect for every individual as a human being, a belief that every person has the right to safety, dignity and opportunity, and that we should do all we can to make this a reality. This is

2022-10-31T15:16:10+00:00September 30th, 2022|

Refugee Community Organisation Profile: The Oxford North Africa Community

During Refugee Week, we launched 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 Oxford North Africa Community (ONAC).

2022-07-28T10:33:30+00:00July 28th, 2022|

Asylum Welcome and Sanctuary Hosting: plans to merge

Many of you will know of Sanctuary Hosting, the local charity that matches homeless asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants who have no recourse to public funds with hosts who will lend a spare room for them to live in while they try and resolve their long term situation. We work with many of the same

2022-07-26T15:30:03+00:00July 26th, 2022|

County Council urged to formalise help for asylum seekers

By Andy Mitchell  Oxfordshire County Council has been urged to take the lead in setting up more formalised and county-wide help for asylum seekers and refugees. Mark Goldring, a director of Oxford-based charity Asylum Welcome, made the plea at this week’s meeting of the full council amid a “huge

2022-07-20T13:18:17+00:00July 20th, 2022|

‘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|
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