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20th October 2021

Is Sanctuary Under Threat?

The UK government is planning to introduce new rules for how we treat refugees. The plans represent a major attack on people seeking safety, and they may undermine our obligations under international law.

Under the current rules, people are accepted as refugees having shown that they have fled war or persecution following rigorous official checks.

But, if agreed by Parliament, the new rules would mean that most people in similar circumstances would no longer have their rights recognised in the UK, due to their method of arrival.

Many organisations are coming together this week under the banner Together With Refugees, for a week of action to call for a fairer, more compassionate approach to refugees. Birmingham City of Sanctuary will be holding stalls outside St Martins in the Bullring, so if you’re in the city centre, pop over to say hello!

What could a kinder, fairer approach look like?

Together With Refugees are calling for a system that:

  • Stands up for people’s ability to seek safety in the UK no matter how they came here;
  • Ensures people can live in dignity while they wait to hear a decision on whether they will be granted protection as a refugee;
  • Empowers refugees to rebuild their lives, and contribute to their communities;
  • Means the UK works with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced to flee their homes.

Pop into Peace Hub to sign an action card to your MP, and to make your own orange heart to show support.

Thanks to Together With Refugees for information on the Immigration Bill.

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