The Government is trying to pass an anti-refugee bill (also known as the Nationality and Borders Bill), that will fundamentally change the right to claim asylum in this country. We, and more than 250 other refugee organisations and campaigning organisations, are opposed to this Bill and the damaging consequences it will bring if passed.
Under international law, every person has the right to apply for asylum in any country that has signed the 1951 Refugee Convention, of which the UK is a signatory.
This Bill will:
Under the bill, only refugees arriving through extraordinarily restricted ‘official’ routes, such as refugee resettlement, will be allowed to claim protection. All others will be deemed ‘inadmissible’ to claim asylum and the Government will seek to deport them. If they cannot be deported, they may be allowed to claim asylum in the UK but only granted ‘temporary protection’, which gives them a limited right to remain. Under a limited right to remain, a person would be subject to ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and encounter restrictions on family reunion. This will inevitably cause homelessness, destitution and more pressure on public services.
This is a significant piece of legislation. We must work together to oppose this Bill and develop an effective asylum system. Please join us.
Read more here:
Read this brilliant article from Free Movement: https://www.freemovement.org.uk/priti-patel-borders-bill-refugees/
Read ACH analysis of the Bill: https://ach.org.uk/news-and-features/responding-nationality-and-borders-bill-seeking-asylum-human-right
Read the Refugee Council’s take on it: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/the-nationality-and-borders-bill-a-devastating-day-for-refugee-protection/
Contact your local MP here: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-an-mp-or-lord/contact-your-mp/
Join Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees here: https://www.wandsworthwelcomesrefugees.org/
Join Refugee Action with their actions here: https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/campaigns/stand-up-for-asylum/
Sign the Refugee Council petition: https://refugeecouncil.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-for-us/fight-governments-anti-refugee-bill/
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