The government’s proposed Nationality & Borders Bill would criminalise seeking asylum, punish refugees and almost certainly cause more deaths with people crossing the English Channel.
It represents the biggest attack on the refugee protection system that we have ever seen and will close the door to desperate people who arrive in the UK to seek safety.
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 if they receive refugee status as a result they will not be given the right to settle. Instead, they will be regularly reassessed for removal, with limited rights to family reunion and benefits.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the bill does nothing to increase access to “official” routes. In fact, this is the first time in two decades that the Government has made no commitment to refugee resettlement. We believe an asylum system is possible where people forced to flee the homes they loved receive compassion, justice and support.
Week Of Action – 18th – 24th October
We are proud to support the Together With Refugees campaign that is mobilising for a Week Of Action to reject the cruel and inhumane bill.
We are joining hundreds of incredible refugee charities, organisations, grassroots groups and activists to oppose the anti-refugee bill from 18th-24th October, as the Bill reaches its next crucial stage in Parliament.
Write to your MP
We need absolutely everyone to write to their MP and demand they reject the Bill.
Please use the template letter below to tell your MP why you oppose the cruel Anti-refugee Bill.
You can find your MP’s contact details here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
Organise a Show Your Heart Event
Can you organise a Show Your Heart event during the Week of Action to send the message loud and clear that we want the UK to offer protection to people forced to flee their homes – and reject the cruel approach of the Bill.
For ideas on how to do this see campaign pack here.
Refugees Welcome Rally
We will be attending the Refugees Welcome Rally outside Parliament on 20th October ‘to show the Government that we oppose this Bill, and that we want to live in a humane and welcoming society’.
We want as many people as possible to attend, make a noise and tell the government that we stand together with refugees!
Refugees Welcome Rally
4.30pm – 6.30pm | Wednesday 20th October | Parliament Square, Westminster, London
Event info: https://www.refugeewomen.co.uk/news/events/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/567036321319676
Here are some templates you can use to make your own Together With Refugees placard for the rally:
Want to do more?
Here’s the Together With Refugees campaign pack, which has loads of information and ideas about how you can do more to oppose the Anti-refugee Bill:
The government’s own Equality Impact Assessment for the Bill admits that there is evidence it will encourage more dangerous journeys by people seeking safety and won’t reduce Channel crossings. It also admits the Bill contains ‘significant scope for indirect discrimination’ and ‘potential for direct discrimination on the basis of race’.