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Ambassadors from the Voices Network Respond to the New Plan for Immigration

April 28, 2021

On the 24 March 2021, the UK government published The New Plan for Immigration; a series of proposals including sweeping changes that undermine how the UK fulfils its international obligations to those seeking asylum, most notably by proposing differential treatment according to the way a refugee arrived in the UK. This will include restricted family…

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Abrahaley’s Story

April 22, 2021

I came to the UK as an asylum seeker, was granted refugee status in 2016, and reunited with my family in 2018, four years after I fled Eritrea. I fled Eritrea in 2014 because of political problems in the country. At the time, I was in the military service. For fear of my safety and…

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Yaser’s Story

Yaser is a Syrian refugee, who came to the UK in August 2018 as an asylum seeker. ”In 2010 I moved to Saudi Arabia from Syria and got married to my wife. We were living in Mecca at the time, and because of the conflict in Syria we were unable to return to our country…

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Sami’s Story

My name is Sami Tola, I am a refugee originally from Eritrea. I was reunited with my wife, after 5 years of family separation, in March 2020 before the COVID-19 lockdown was introduced. But I remain separated from my daughter who is only one-year old. My wife, originally from Ethiopia, came to the UK through…

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Sarah’s Story

My name is Sarah Alex, I am originally from India. In 2013, because of domestic abuse I experienced, I fled to the UK leaving behind my three daughters and mother. This incident made me the patient of PTSD. I started to take antidepressants and counselling on daily basis. I was an asylum seeker who had…

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Aziza Rashid’s Story

Originally, I am from the Congo DRC and came to the UK as a refugee in June 2016. I, my parents, my three brothers, and my sister migrated to Burundi in 1998 because of the conflict in Congo DRC. Many people were getting sick and dying in refugee camps in Burundi.  Because of this my…

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Mada’s Story

I am originally from Syria and came to the UK with my children through the refugee family reunion route in 2018, in order to join my husband who was then in Scotland as a refugee. Because of the conflict, my family fled Syria in 2012. I immigrated together with my mother, younger sister, husband and…

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Justin’s Story

My name is Justin Ndakize and I come from Congo (DRC). I left the DRC in 2004 due to the war and I was granted refugee status in Burundi. In 2018, I was able to leave Burundi with my mother and sister through the UNHCR refugee resettlement programme. I arrived in the UK on 19th…

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Helen’s Story

My name is Helen. I experienced human trafficking and I arrived alone in the UK in July 2015 from Cameroon. I was able to receive asylum fairly quickly and was granted refugee status in November 2015. The Family Reunion Process Since the day I left home I was getting worried of my family and when…

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Anwar’s Story

My name is Anwar, I am originally from Afghanistan. I left my country in the first week of February 2018 and arrived in the UK the following day. I applied for asylum and I was granted refugee status in early July 2018. The Family Reunion Process My family was still in my home country and…

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