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“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|

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|

Thames Valley Immigration Alliance Statement on the Rwandan Offshoring Announcement

The Prime Minister has announced plans to send asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda. These plans are likely to target single men who would be classed as ‘group 2' (those who have arrived via unsafe and ‘irregular’ routes) under the provisions of the Nationality and Borders Bill. In

2022-04-14T18:00:43+00:00April 14th, 2022|

Thames Valley Immigration Alliance (TVIA) founded by four local charities

On 1 st April, four refugee and migrant charities - Asylum Welcome, Reading Refugee Support Group, Slough Refugee Support and Settled - are joining forces to launch the Thames Valley Immigration Alliance (TVIA), supported by funding from the Justice Together initiative. On 1st April, four refugee and migrant charities - Asylum

2022-04-01T11:19:17+00:00April 1st, 2022|

Asylum Welcome gears up to help support ‘Homes for Ukraine’ Scheme in Oxfordshire

Asylum Welcome, the Oxford-based refugee charity, is gearing up to support the many groups, organisations and individuals who have offered to host people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The government's 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme allows people with space in their homes to offer a room to an individual or family

2022-04-01T14:01:52+00:00March 28th, 2022|

Asylum Welcome’s Statement on Refugees Fleeing Ukraine

Asylum Welcome is calling on the UK government to do more to enable and assist refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine to come to Britain. The government announced its 'Ukraine Family Scheme' on 2nd March (2). We are concerned that only 750 visas have been issued as of 9th March,

2022-09-14T10:23:59+00:00March 9th, 2022|

BBC Radio Oxford interview with Aiham, Asylum Welcome’s new Fundraising Assistant

On 13 January 2022 Kat Orman, from BBC Radio Oxford, interviewed Aiham Al Aswadi, former client, volunteer and now member of staff at Asylum Welcome. In this interview, Aiham talks openly about the context and circumstances that led him and his family to leave Yemen, his home

2022-03-23T12:38:04+00:00January 17th, 2022|

Little Amal Meets Alice: Oxford’s Local Response to a Global Child Displacement Story

On Tuesday 26th October, a local rendition of a global child displacement story unfolded in Oxford as crowds packed the streets to participate in ‘The Walk’, a public performance centered on ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5-metre Syrian refugee girl in giant, mobile puppet form...

2022-03-23T13:01:06+00:00November 10th, 2021|

More than 50 organisations call for Oxfordshire to house ‘its share’ of Afghan refugees

By Eirian Jane Prosser, Community Reporter at The Oxford Mail  More than fifty concerned organisations and individuals across the county have come together to show solidarity with those fleeing violence and persecution in Afghanistan. Last week Asylum Welcome, an organisation that supports asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants living in Oxfordshire, hosted a meeting to share concerns about

2022-03-23T13:48:47+00:00August 30th, 2021|
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