Category: Refugee services

Asylum – three facts you need to hear

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Everyone’s talking about immigration right now. Often asylum seekers and refugees get included in this debate, but for the wrong reasons. That’s why we’re asking the media to get the story straight – and give us facts, not fear.

Migration is the ‘hot topic’ of the moment. And one group caught up in the rhetoric is refugees and asylum seekers.

Every year, we help over 10,000 people in the UK who have fled trauma and persecution.

They deserve the facts – and so do you.

Here are three, for starters:

FACT ONE

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Family fortunes rely on an impossible form

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A Syrian refugee with her baby

Malla, Ibrahim (BRC)

Imagine this. You live in the UK but your family are stuck on the other side of the world. Your children are growing up fast and soon they won’t remember you. But all is not lost – you could still be reunited. To be in with a chance, all you have to do is fill in a form.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The trouble is the form is long, complicated and doesn’t make sense. Suddenly, the odds of seeing your family again feel very small indeed. More