Refugees Find Their Voice Through Theatre

Inadequate provision of English classes and a lack of routes into work or study programmes are leaving many refugees in the UK isolated, according to new research by academics at the University of Sussex.

Over £40 million was removed from the ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) budget last year alone and in May this year, the government rejected an amendment to the Immigration Bill that would have allowed asylum seekers to work after just six months of being in the UK. … More Refugees Find Their Voice Through Theatre

‘Refugee History’ Platform Offers Lessons for the Current Crisis

Rarely does a week go by in the U.K. without a reference to the Kindertransport in a national newspaper. Through this organized rescue effort in 1938, 10,000 Jewish children were brought from continental Europe to safety in Britain. Now in their 80s or 90s, several of them have recently made public statements comparing their own experiences with those of Syrian and other refugee children today and condemning the U.K.government’s inaction.
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This woman takes pictures of refugees – for refugees

The recent crisis has generated countless images of refugees. Refugees as victims, heroes or survivors, refugees en masse and in close-up. We’ve seen refugees in boats, in camps and on the road, or sitting on second-hand sofas in the barely furnished living rooms of their new homes. Giovanna del Sarto, 47, an Italian photographer who … More This woman takes pictures of refugees – for refugees

British Volunteer Hosts Welcome Refugees Into Their Homes and Lives

LONDON – The Zig Zag cafe is nestled between an art shop and a beauty salon on the main street in Epsom, an affluent market town 30 minutes by train from central London. This small and unassuming cafe has become a social hub for the local community of hosts and their refugee or asylum-seeking guests. … More British Volunteer Hosts Welcome Refugees Into Their Homes and Lives

“A sinking ship with not enough lifeboats”: London citizens call for urgent action on child refugees in Calais

Around 150 people gathered outside the Home Office yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the first so-called “Dubs children” and to urge leaders of government and local councils to take more action to bring vulnerable refugee children in Europe to safety. … More “A sinking ship with not enough lifeboats”: London citizens call for urgent action on child refugees in Calais

The Quality of Mercy

“What kind of people are we, the Europeans, that we calmly leave our neighbours to perish? What kind of people are we, that we watch others drown, day after day? We could prevent their deaths, but we don’t, because we find their lives too expensive … Stop forcing men, women and children onto the boats. Have mercy.” … More The Quality of Mercy

The New Keywords Project: A timely intervention in the debate around migration?

The New Keywords Collective Project was launched in 2015 as a series of collaborative essays on key words or topic areas related to the current debate about migration and refugees. These include “crisis”, “European values” and the statistics themselves. … More The New Keywords Project: A timely intervention in the debate around migration?

Opinion: Refugees Welcome? Britain, Germany and the Refugee Crisis

‘Refugees Welcome’ has been revealed as Germany’s official ‘Anglicism of the Year’ for 2015. A panel of judges, mostly linguists, confers each year to choose the English word or phrase that has most influenced Germany. But what is really in it? … More Opinion: Refugees Welcome? Britain, Germany and the Refugee Crisis