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The latest news from Asylum Welcome.

We also contribute to the debates on asylum and detention in the media.

Asylum Welcome's response to the Immigration Bill 2015

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Immigration Bill will be debated in parliament on 13th October. If implemented, it will have far-reaching impact on asylum seekers, refugees and detainees, and on local communities and local authorities.

In particular we are concerned about:

  • Changes to the right of appeal
  • Changes to asylum support, especially those changes affecting detainees and those affecting families with children
  • New rules for landlords
  • The lack of a time limit on detention

Please read our briefing paper on the Immigration Bill 2015 and response to the consultation on asylum support.

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett visits Asylum Welcome

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett visits Asylum Welcome on Friday to pay tribute to the charity’s efforts to support people who have survived war, terrorism, and human rights violations and who now face detention and destitution in Oxford.

Director Kate Smart described new Home Office proposals remove asylum support payments and accommodation from families with young children as “a complete absence of basic, decent humanitarian values”.

The charity will be writing to the Home Office to express concerns about the proposals, which, it argues, will inevitably lead to children joining the numbers of those who are destitute.

It is also planning to step up its practical assistance. In addition to food parcels, the charity will begin providing breakfasts, targeted at those who are sleeping rough. Asylum Welcome runs with 120 local volunteers.

“We don’t have the resources to provide beds for people” said Kate Smart “but food, friendship, advice and a welcoming place during the day, is what we are good at.”

Immigration Announcements August 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

In the last few days, the government has made a series of announcements about tougher policies affecting asylum seekers and other migrants who are in the UK.

Asylum Welcome has had a number of calls seeking further information and offering help.

Thank you very much for your interest and support. If you would like to show your support, here are a few ways:

  1. If you know of any asylum seekers or refugees who are worried by the announcements and need some advice, encourage them to get in touch with the experienced advisers at our Welcome Centre.
  2. Our foodbank always welcomes donations of tinned and packaged food and basic toiletries – which are all given to asylum seekers and refugees as needed.
  3. The Oxford City of Sanctuary committee (a different organisation) is fielding offers of spare rooms for asylum seekers – you can find out more on their website.
  4. Contact your M.P. to give your views on the government’s proposals, and keep in touch with us, and with your M.P. as further details emerge in the new Immigration Bill in September.
  5. Help our fundraising efforts, perhaps by hosting a cake sale or book sale or making a donation.
  6. As fear and intolerance increases, help spread a message of welcome.

Thank you

Jean's annual cake sale

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Love baking? Join Jean's bake sale in Summertown on July 18

The cake sale will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 10am until noon at Summertown United Reformed Church, 294A Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7HN.

All proceeds go to Asylum Welcome.

If you are able to contribute please contact Judy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We would ask you to bring the cakes to the Asylum Welcome office on Friday, July 17 before 3pm.

Alexander Betts runs Marathon in 2:45, raising £2.500 for Asylum Welcome

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yesterday, Alexander Betts finished the London Marathon in a fantastic time - and he did so in support of Asylum Welcome!

Asylum Welcome is very grateful for the donations Alexander managed to raise - he "couldn't have chosen a better cause", as one of the donors put it.

We hope, this is the start of a continuing friendship - Alexander Betts not only is a great runner; he is an important voice in the debate on the terrible situation of refugees crossing the Mediterranean. See for instance his recently published comment "Forget the ‘war on smuggling’, we need to be helping refugees in need".

The online justgiving page is still open, or you can also support our work on our permanent online donation page.