Families Together Statement on Channel Tragedy

November 25, 2021

Yesterday we received the devastating news that a small boat with 34 people had capsized in the channel. 27 of those on board lost their lives. 2 people are in a critical condition and at least one person is still missing. These are men, women and children who were trying to reach the UK to…

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Baroness Ludfords Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill Passes its Second Reading

September 13, 2021

On Friday afternoon, the 10th of September, the second reading of Baroness Ludford’s Refugees (Family Reunion) bill passed its second reading in the house of Lords. The ongoing crisis in Afghanistan has highlighted the vital importance of the measures in the bill, which seek to ensure that more refugees can be joined by family members…

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Addis’s Story

September 6, 2021

Addis arrived in the UK in 2008 as an asylum seeker from Eritrea. She had left behind her husband and her 5-year-old daughter back home. She received a positive decision on her asylum case about 3 months ago, 13 years after her initial application. During the waiting period, Addis was left to rely on charities…

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Write to your MP

July 9, 2021

This template has been created to enable you to write to your MP to 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 If you have personal experience of family reunion, feel free to add your…

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Families Together Coalition Responds to the Nationality and Borders Bill

July 8, 2021

On the 6th of July 2021, the Home Office published the Nationality and Borders Bill, outlining proposed changes to the UK’s immigration and asylum systems. We are deeply concerned that the Bill seeks to cement many of the harmful proposals outlined in the New Plan for Immigration into UK law. The proposed legislation outlined in…

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Lucy’s Story

July 5, 2021

In 2018, my ex-husband came to the UK as asylum seeker. Because of the conflict in Syria we first escaped to Kuwait. My partner was wanted by the Syrian government and we had to  flee to find security and safety. He continued his asylum journey to find safety and he travelled from Kuwait to Greece…

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Backlogs in the Asylum System are Keeping Refugee Families Apart

July 2, 2021

A new report released today by the Refugee Council exposes the colossal surge in asylum decision backlogs over the last number of years. The report states that by the end of March 2021, there were a staggering 66,185 people awaiting an initial decision from the Home Office. Of these, three quarters, over 50,000 people had…

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Press Release- Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill

June 10, 2021

Liberal Democrat peer Sarah Ludford is tabling new legislation that would mean more refugee children, torn apart by war, conflict and persecution, are able to reunite safely in the UK. Baroness Ludford introduced the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday 8th June. Backed by the Families Together Coalition[1], a group…

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