Families Together response to Ukraine Family Scheme

March 29, 2022

By introducing the Ukraine Family Scheme, the government has demonstrated that it is possible to expand existing immigration rules to support refugees to reunite with their loved ones – where there is the political will. The Ukraine Family Scheme expands an existing family visa route, which allows the family members of British nationals and people…

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Thousands urge Government to allow refugee children to reunite with their parents

March 17, 2022

Representatives from the Refugee Council, Amnesty International UK and refugees representing the VOICES Network[1], posed for photos outside the Prime Minister’s residence holding placards reading,’36,500 believe families belong together.’ Every day, refugee families are torn apart by war and terror – during the brutality of conflict or in the urgency of fleeing a warzone. After…

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House of Lords Committee Stage Briefing NBB

January 21, 2022

This briefing focuses on the provisions about the asylum system set out in Part 2- Clause 11 and in Part 5- Clause 69. The differential treatment outlined in clause 11 punishes refugees based on the way that they arrived in the UK. UNHCR has stated that the creation of Group 2 refugees is discriminatory and…

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House of Lords Second Reading Briefing for NBB

January 14, 2022

The deaths of 27 people in the channel on the 24th of November 2021 was a stark reminder ofthe desperate situation people looking for safety find themselves in. No one chooses to crossthe channel, the busiest shipping lane in the world, unless they have no other option. They havefled their home countries fleeing war, violence,…

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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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