The government has also published their response to the consultation which proceeded this Bill, and to which Asylum Welcome contributed. While it is disappointing that no changes were implemented as a result of what some people are calling a ‘sham’ consultation, it is heartening that 75% of respondents expressed opposition to the government’s reforms. It is the voices of this 75% that we are amplifying through our mini-exhibition over the next three weeks.
Our mini-exhibition, Have Heart, Take Heart, is made up of around 150 postcards displaying messages of support and solidarity for refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire, written and posted to us over the past month. Visitors will have the opportunity to contribute their own messages of solidarity to the wall, and to honour the spirit of the 1951 Refugee Convention by showing that refugees are a core part of our community.
Thank you to those who have written one of these postcards, displayed an orange heart in your window, and/or contacted you MPs over the past few weeks. All of these actions contribute to creating a more welcoming atmosphere for refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire.