Families Belong Together

Right now, unfair rules are keeping refugee families apart. We want to change that and bring #FamiliesTogether.

Where would you be without your family?

Imagine you had been forced to flee your home because of war and became separated from your mother, father, sister or brother. Alone, in a new country, you have to try and rebuild your life without the love and support of your family, all the while worrying about their safety. This is the reality faced by many refugees in the UK.

We have three simple demands to change this:

1

Children need their parents
Child refugees in the UK must have the right to sponsor their close family. This will allow them to rebuild their lives together and integrate into their new community.

2

Fair treatment for young and old
The definition of who qualifies as family to be expanded so that young people who have turned 18 and elderly parents can live in safety with their families in the UK.

3

Bring back legal aid
The reintroduction of legal aid so refugees who have lost everything have the support they need to navigate the complicated process of being reunited with their families.

Hear from refugees about the impact of family separation

Hear from refugees about the impact of family separation

We're grateful to all the refugees who have shared their stories with us to demonstrate how being separated from their families has impacted their lives.

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Coalition members call for government to reunite Afghan families

Coalition members call for government to reunite Afghan families

A letter signed by coalition members was published in The Times on Saturday 25th June calling for the government to enable Afghan evacuees to reunite with their family members. The letter was signed by: Enver Solomon, CEO, Refugee Council Mike Adamson, chief executive, British Red Cross Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, chief executive, Oxfam GB Sacha Deshmukh,

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Families Together coalition deeply concerned about the harmful impact of new legislation

Families Together coalition deeply concerned about the harmful impact of new legislation

The Families Together Coalition is bitterly disappointed that the Government’s harmful Nationality and Borders Bill has received royal assent to become law. We remain deeply concerned about the impact this Act will have on the thousands of women and children who would have had access to a safe and regular route to join loved ones, but who will now find that route closed.

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Plans to transfer refugees to Rwanda would reduce access to family reunion in the UK

Plans to transfer refugees to Rwanda would reduce access to family reunion in the UK

The Families Together Coalition firmly opposes the government’s plan to transfer people seeking asylum who arrive irregularly in the UK to Rwanda where their asylum claim will be heard under the Rwandan asylum system rather than the UK system. The policy is wrong in principle and unworkable in practice.

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