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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 |April 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 |April 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 |April 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 |April 1st, 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 of MPs voted in favour

By |March 23rd, 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 make a difference in your

By |March 23rd, 2022|

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