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20 June 2017

Life in Limbo: The realities of being a Refugee in the UK

You finally made it. It could be months or even years since you were forced to flee your home country, for fear of conflict, persecution, torture or death.  You may not have seen your family or friends since you set off on a journey for a better life, you may feel isolated and afraid. You may have been at the mercy of people smugglers and risked your life on perilous journeys by land and sea. Many making the treacherous journey will die in transit but you have finally arrived at your destination – the United Kingdom.

Maeve Keenan

20 June 2017

Less than our fair share: resettling Europe’s refugee children

2016 was an eventful year. We made it through two Prime Ministers, a referendum, an escalating crisis in Syria and ‘the Donald’. Amid all of this we also welcomed around 1,000 unaccompanied children to the UK from the camp known as ‘the Jungle’, a project which we had some involvement in, working with the fantastic charity Safe Passage

Sean O'Beirne

16 June 2017

Refugee Week: ‘Sur place claims for the politically active refugee’

In BA (demonstrators in Britain – risk on return) Iran CG [2011] UKUT a short clip of an Iranian national was uploaded onto YouTube, where he is caught protesting outside of the Iranian Embassy in London, chanting anti-regime slogans following the re-election of the President of Iran. The Iranian national relied on his political activity to prove a ‘well-founded fear of persecution’ if he was to return to Iran and as a result was granted asylum.  

15 June 2017

It’s time we addressed the unequal and unsustainable global distribution of refugees

With an estimated 65.3 million refugees worldwide, it is time we addressed the fact that while the poorest countries are taking in more than their fair share, developed countries continue to fight against sheltering more refugees.

14 June 2017

Easy to claim, harder to prove – The challenges of refugee status based on sexual orientation and gender identity

According to the Home Office, the number of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI*) individuals claiming asylum has risen by 400% in the last 5 years. Although the number of individuals who have specifically claimed sexual orientation and gender identity as their reason for refuge is unclear, these figures are expected to rise. As such, it is important that the UK appropriately deals with these individuals in a sensitive manner in order to first establish that the individual does in fact fall under the LGBTI* bracket. 

Royce Clemente

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