Since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) on 23rd June there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the position of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) migrants and their family members currently living in the UK.
We have published a short note answering some of the frequent questions that we have been asked by EU citizens following the UK referendum result. This is available to download here.
No current change to the position of EU migrants following the referendum
Guest Blog by former JCWI Policy Intern Louis Caplin
The stories of the participants in the ‘I am a Refugee’ campaign illustrate the diverse and valuable contributions that refugees make to the UK. This article aims to highlight just a few of the ways in which these contributions disprove the commonly-made claims that refugees are unable to integrate and are a burden to British society. Far from being isolated burdens, refugees contribute greatly to the construction of what it means to be British, often becoming British themselves after years living and working in the UK. This campaign encourages us to resist the urge to reject refugees and is of vital importance.
The momentous decision of a majority of referendum voters to leave the European Union has led to a shocking and disturbing increase in racism, xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiment. We must all stand together to show that we welcome and support migrants in our communities. We must not let the result be high jacked by right-wing groups.
JCWI is delighted to present the ‘I am a Refugee’ campaign celebrating the contribution refugees have made, historically and currently, to life in the UK. The campaign reminds the public that those who are given sanctuary give so much back in return.
The UK has a long and proud history of providing safety and refuge to people fleeing violence and persecution. Refugees who have made the UK their home have made significant contributions to the arts, science, sports, commerce, industry and social care, as well as the communities they live in. Each has a unique story to tell.
JCWI wins appeal on behalf of refugee child in the UK separated from his family.
The circumstances that create refugees are often chaotic, violent and abrupt. The conditions during their journey are similarly unpredictable and harsh. The confusion, hardship and difficulty inherent in finding safety often breaks families apart. Family members may find they are unable to leave together, or they may be separated by circumstances on the road. Once separated, they face massive obstacles in reuniting. For those lucky enough to reach safety, the fear and despair about the possible fate of children, parents, spouses and other loved ones left behind is often debilitating.
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