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“One year on, Ukrainians have become a valued part of our community.”

By Hajar Zainuddin, Advocacy Volunteer, and Tamara Kurzova, Ukraine Community Liaison Officer On the 24th of February 2022, Russian forces invaded Kyiv, devastating lives and displacing millions of innocent civilians. The UK responded by setting up the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme. Under this scheme, Ukrainians can live, work and have access to public funds in

By |February 27th, 2023|

Keep Campsfield Closed: Sign the Petition

Help us reach 1000 signatures! My name is Allan. I am a father, a carer for social services, and a refugee, and in 2014 I was detained at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.  I am one of the thousands of people who were detained at Campsfield House in Kidlington, Oxfordshire between 1993 and 2018.   Please

By |January 24th, 2023|

A small fish in a stormy pond: experiences of a local refugee charity

Our Director, Mark Goldring, shares his thoughts on the past year. Reblogged from New Philanthropy Capital (NPC). Our challenges Oxfordshire has never been at the centre of UK refugee arrivals. It is far from major points of entry and rents are too high for the county to be widely used for housing. Over many years, as

By |January 17th, 2023|

Why did asylum seekers *really* come to the UK in 2022?

By Tiger Hills, Advocacy Volunteer  Over the course of a year in which 45,756 people crossed the channel in unsafe vessels, there was rarely a break in coverage of these small boat crossings. The issue has been at the top of the agenda all year, for successive prime ministers and home secretaries. In the wake

By |January 3rd, 2023|

Rwanda plan deemed ‘legal’ – but our resistance continues

Content by Nadia Kashoo / Image by Slava Kosteniuk What is the Rwanda Plan? On the 19th of December 2022, the High Court ruled that the UK government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is legal. The Rwanda plan is an immigration policy designed to send those identified as ‘illegal immigrants or asylum seekers’ to

By |December 21st, 2022|

Human Rights Day reflections

Tania Baldwin-Pask, Hosting Services Manager at Sanctuary Hosting, reflects on the importance of Human Rights Day. Sanctuary Hosting will become part of Asylum Welcome from January 2023. Saturday 10th December - Human Rights Day - marks the start of a year-long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), culminating in the 75th anniversary

By |December 10th, 2022|
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