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 from UNHCR, national and international

By |مايو 2nd, 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 a library which doubles as

By |أبريل 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 number. You will never be

By |أبريل 21st, 2022|

What is the Rwandan plan and what does it tell us about the Nationality and Borders Bill?

On the morning of April 14th, Boris Johnson announced that people seeking asylum in the UK will be sent to Rwanda – some 4,500 miles from the UK – before being able to claim asylum and will have to remain in the country while they wait for their application to be approved or rejected. If their asylum claim is

By |أبريل 14th, 2022|

Iraqi Women, Art and War – ‘Of Ordinary Things’ Review

By Sam Beal, Communications Volunteer Introducing Rana “When I arrived in 2003, it took me a while to find a way back to my identity” imparts Rana Ibrahim over a cup of English breakfast tea matched with a Klecha, Iraq’s famed date-stuffed biscuit. “Everything was new. Language was a barrier … my husband and I

By |أبريل 11th, 2022|

Knitting together: my volunteer experience at Asylum Welcome

By Hannah Hempstead, Communications and Afghan Resettlement Volunteer  Introduction My family moved to Oxford from the United States at the beginning of September, just as families were being evacuated from Afghanistan to the UK. I grumpily unpacked my knitting supplies and shoved them in the cupboard, grumbling about the inconveniences of an international move:

By |أبريل 1st, 2022|

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