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.

With the stroke of a pen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson could change the rules.

To help get his attention, over 70 household names from film, TV and the literary world have written to the Prime Minister - but, we need your help too.

Please take action via Amnesty UK or Refugee Council to send the PM a message to change the rules so that refugee families can finally be reunited and move on with their lives.

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.

Write to your MP and Take Action Now

Write to your MP and Take Action Now

Write to your MP and ask them to stand with us and stand up for refugee families so that they can be together again and live a life in safety in the UK

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Without My Mum

Without My Mum

Did your mum ever cut your hair? Everyday family life is wonderful, even the unglamorous bits. But imagine being separated from your children by war and you can’t be there for them.

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