Category: Refugee services

Red Cross figures reveal new mums and pregnant women left destitute by admin delays

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Pregnant women and new mothers were among thousands of destitute refugees and asylum seekers supported by the British Red Cross this year.

Between January and March, the Red Cross helped more than 5,400 people without adequate access to food, housing or health care.

Among them were 70 women who received nappies from the Red Cross, and nearly 100 women who were given baby packs.

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International Women’s Day: “Seeking asylum is not a choice… it’s a necessity”

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People who come to the UK seeking sanctuary from war, oppression and persecution often arrive with visions of peace and safety.

Sadly, many find themselves facing a punishing, hand-to-mouth existence as they try to navigate a demanding asylum system.

For women, that process can be even tougher. More

Together at last: Syrian father reunited with his son in Heathrow

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Tens of thousands of people arrive at London Heathrow every day. Recently the Channel 4 documentary, Arrivals, told the story of Khaled, a Syrian refugee who met his son at the airport after a year apart. The British Red Cross helped to reunite father and son in emotional scenes. This is their story.

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Jelly and cake: let’s revive a 1940s Christmas tradition

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“I know what we had for tea will make you envious: tinned peaches, red and orange jelly, pink and chocolate blancmange followed by iced cake and cream cakes and as much tea as you liked – with sugar in it.”

Meet British teenager John Wilkins, who wrote about his experience of a fantastic afternoon tea during the Second World War. More

Exodus – enter the world of young refugee artists

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For so many people, art is a means of expressing how we feel about the world. In this respect, the young refugees adjusting to life in Kent are no different to the rest of us.

Selassie and Helen are two young refugees from Eritrea. They arrived in the UK alone, travelling from the Calais ‘Jungle’. Both are seeking asylum after traumatic experiences.

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From Calais to the UK – a view from the window

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As the light again began to stream through the windows of the bus, one word above the rest was audible from the boys who sat quietly in nervous anticipation: “England?”

14 boys, mostly Afghans and Syrians, had arrived.

They are the first of the unaccompanied children living in Calais the Home Office has agreed to transfer to the UK.

The next week should see many more bus journeys like this one: many more packets of crisps and cheese sandwiches consumed; more vulnerable children glimpsing the British Isles for the first time.

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