Others lost out on healthcare, employment and housing because they could not prove their status - despite having lived legally in the UK for decades. Meanwhile a report the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, released last year, warned the UK asylum system is lacking in “compassion and humanity” and is driving people in Scotland with insecure immigration status into destitution. Sabir Zazai, CEO of Scottish Refugee Council, said the event aimed to show “there is an alternative to the hostile environment, that communities are stronger, richer and happier when we unite and recognise each other as neighbours and friends”. The event, coordinated by Amnesty Scotland, Oxfam Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council as part of Refugee Festival Scotland, will also feature live Samba music and messages of welcome, written to people arriving in Scotland from across the country. Jamie Livingstone, head of Oxfam Scotland, said: “Throughout … [Read more...] about Campaigners mark World Refugee Day with a call to end hostile environment
Amnesty refugees welcome
Glasgow & West Scotland By Gillian Sharpe BBC Scotland 20 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-44534417 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsEurope migrant crisis A kettle, a shirt, some crayons - ordinary things which can make all the difference to someone who has been forced … [Read more...] about Museum Without A Home tells refugee story
Valencia, Spain - When Gima Ayele moved from Ethiopia to Valencia, he found the port city so hospitable that it remains his home 10 years later. So when the 49-year-old industrial engineer heard that the MV Aquarius would arrive on Sunday, he went to the harbour to welcome the refugees and migrants on board. The search and rescue boat, run by charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), had held the world's attention as it was stranded in the water for 36 hours between Italy and Malta, carrying 630 weak and tired refugees and migrants. The ship - which has saved 30,000 people in 170 search and rescue operations since 2016 - had been banned from entering both countries after Matteo Salvini, Italy's new, far-right interior minister, refused the boat docking rights. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ended the cruel stalemate by offering safe harbour. As the ship sailed in after its arduous 1,500km journey, Ayele and his family joined a demonstration by … [Read more...] about What next for refugees after the Aquarius fallout?
Human rights groups have denounced Italy and Malta's refusal to allow a refugee rescue ship to dock at their ports, amid growing uncertainty for the hundreds of people on board, including 123 unaccompanied minors. In a statement on Tuesday, Amnesty International accused the Italian and Maltese governments of "trampling the principle of rescue at sea and undermining the entire search and rescue system". "If allowed to go unchallenged, [this] will discourage and compromise the lifesaving work of NGO's leaving thousands of migrants and refugees adrift in the Mediterranean," Elisa De Pieri, Amnesty's Italy researcher, said in a statement on Tuesday. The Aquarius, which is jointly operated by SOS Mediterranee and the Doctors Beyond Borders organisation (known by its French initials MSF), had rescued 629 people from the Mediterranean Sea and remained stranded in water since Saturday. The people on board, including 11 children and seven pregnant women, are from several African countries … [Read more...] about ‘Europe’s moral compass lost’: Uncertainty over Aquarius refugees
Storyhouse and Chester Cathedral have announced the programme for a series of events marking the national Refugee Week between Sunday, June 17 and Sunday, June 24. A special one-off performance, film screenings, international food, art exhibition, music and storytelling sessions will take place in Chester throughout the week, to explore the stories of refugees. Cheshire-based dancer, choreographer and theologian Claire Henderson Davis and dance artist Bettina Carpi are creating Take Refuge Under My Shade, a dance theatre piece that will provide the central focus for the Refugee Week events in June. Take Refuge Under My Shade follows the interweaving stories (in English and Arabic) of three pregnant women: a Syrian woman journeying to the UK, a British woman describing her struggle with poverty, and the story of Mary visiting Elizabeth to share her good news. Claire Henderson Davies said: “Our whole vision for Refugee Week is to create a climate of welcome and understanding for … [Read more...] about Storyhouse and Chester Cathedral team up for National Refugee Week