Our vision is for the UK to be a country which welcomes refugees, takes greater responsibility for hosting refugees, and supports them to rebuild their lives here. One stepping stone for realising this ambition is for the UK government to allow more refugee families to be reunited in the UK, without the need to make dangerous, often life-threatening journeys. Current family reunion rules are too restrictive and force refugee families to live permanently apart.
The Families Together coalition started in 2017 when a small group of organisations led by Amnesty International, British Red Cross, Oxfam Refugee Council and UNHCR joined forces.
In 2018 we worked with Angus MacNeil (SNP) on a Private Member’s Bill in the house of commons and through our successful campaigning it secured its second reading on 16 March 2018. Throughout the political turmoil of 2019 we targeted successive Home Secretaries, delivering a petition of more than 75,000 signatures on 5 February 2020. Through our in-depth research we have exposed the real life experience of refugee children living alone in the UK and our award winning public campaigning and videos have reached millions of people across the country.
Our coalition is continually growing and is made up of a variety of organisations, including some that provide frontline services for refugees. Their support for an expansion of refugee family reunion is based on their first-hand experiences of the current rules.
There is still a lot more to do, and the more of us there are working to get refugee families together safely in the UK, the better.
Would you like to join the coalition?
To find out more about the campaign or to join the coalition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org