Destitution on the streets of Leeds

Last week, on 11th March 2014, students and their friends slept on cardboard laid out in front of the student union building. The event was to raise awareness of the plight of those forced into destitution who fear that every night might be spent sleeping on the streets. Hear from some of those who took part. “People have the wrong …

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Young People Seeking Safety: the network finds its feet in Manchester

The STAR (Students Action for Refugees)Northern Conference was held on March 17that Manchester University. The event discussed and emphasised the experiences of both young people claiming asylum and refugees in the UK and informed us all of the reality and issues that young people seeking asylum encounter. The key-note speeches and workshops were particularly useful because they were led by a wide range of people …

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Still Destitution… STAR and Amnesty Sleep-out

 Braving the blustering Leeds winds, members of Leeds’ STAR and Amnesty groups still slept outside Leeds University Union last night, demanding greater rights for refugees, asylum seekers and those seeking sanctuary in the UK. Challenging the government to acknowledge the realities of destitution across the country, students and activists came armed with sleeping bags, fleeces and parkas, setting up camp …

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