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People power – if citizens work together they can change government’s plans. Examples include the resettlement programme and the acceptance of some unaccompanied refugee children.

Please find details of petitions below – please take a moment to sign them – your support can make a difference.

Let Refugees Learn

Refugees who have found safety in the UK want to rebuild their lives and be part of their new communities. Sadly, they have a huge obstacle to restarting their lives, because there aren’t enough English classes.

Sign the Let Refugees Learn petition, and ensure that refugees get timely access to English classes and the support they need to attend them.

Keep Refugee Families Together

Children are the only refugees in our immigration system denied the right to bring their immediate families to the UK. As a result, there are hundreds of children across the country who find themselves separated from their family, with no hope of being reunited safely. Neither their parents nor their siblings are permitted to join them – putting at risk their safety and wellbeing in the UK.

Being reunited with close family is often critical to a refugee’s chances of integration and recovery. This separation can be very damaging to their welfare and development. Please sign the Amnesty International UK petition.

Support family reunion for refugees

The UK’s current refugee family reunion rules are very restrictive. They exclude the complex relationships that affect families torn apart by war – for example, people caring for orphaned younger siblings, or unaccompanied children who have been separated from their parents. Please sign Refugee Action’s petition calling on the government to expand refugee family reunion so that families can be reunited.  Find out more here.

Please use the links to sign petitions current January 2020

URGENT– Safe passage for family reunification
Asylum Matters
Freedom from Torture – ‘
Lessons not learned’ report and Letter to Home Secretary
NACCOM and Refugee Action report Missing the safety net
A lift the ban on working here B   Detention b End indefinite detention Liberty here c  Detention Action here c women for refugee women here d Amnesty International here  e Freedom from torture here and here
C  destitution   Join the campaign to call on the Government to deliver dignity, not destitution, for asylum seekers.   Briefing here   take action here  D  let refugees learn  Learning English is so important to help with integration. here  E ask the government for a kinder and fairer immigration system here and here and here. F support a welcoming Europe here
t Refugee council petition to the Home Secretary asking that Families  be reunited { basically The UK is one of only two countries in the EU that bans child refugees who arrive in the UK alone from bringing any relatives to join them, even their parents].Also adult refugees are prevented from bringing their children over 18, or their elderly parents.    New research here] And a toolkit for campaigning for  family reunification
F   Some up-to- date facts here and here
G City of Sanctuary newsletter – and here