Refugees have always been part of the UK – it’s #WhoWeAre. On the 1st June, with more than 200 other organisations we’ve called for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective.
Together With Refugees is a new coalition of national and local organisations, refugees living in Britain, and people from all walks of life who believe in showing compassion to people fleeing war, persecution or violence. It is founded on a simple, but powerful, set of shared convictions:
How we treat refugees is about who we are. At our best, we are welcoming and kind to those facing difficult times. If any one of us feared for our lives or for our loved ones, we’d want to know that others would help us to safety. Together, we are calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is more effective, fair and humane. This means standing up for people’s ability to seek safety in the UK no matter how they came here and ensuring people can live in dignity while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. It means empowering refugees to rebuild their lives and make valuable contributions to our communities. And it means the UK working with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced to flee their homes.
The coalition aims to harness the power of the diverse refugee sector to set the agenda together, inspire hope, and win deep change in the UK’s approach to refugees.
To demonstrate our shared vision for an asylum system that is effective, fair and humane we have created two sharable campaign elements that we can all unite under.