The LGBT Asylum Crisis

There is no denying that asylum seeking is a contentious issue. What sparks even more controversy is the issue of LGBT asylum seekers. The case of the Iranian, Mehdi Kazemi, 19, who faced deportation to Iran and therefore, a likely death sentence, brought this issue to public attention. He was saved thanks to media outcry, however, the prospects for many …

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The Restaurant Reviews

As part of STAR (Student Action for Refugees) action week, we have reviewed a number of restaurants in Leeds which are run by refugees. Positive media for refugees and asylum seekers is rare but these are 3 particular success stories of refugees having been able to fully and positively integrate themselves into society.If you are tired of eating the same …

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CAFE CREATE

Café CreateType of Food: Breakfast, lunch and snacksAverage meal cost: £5Paying: Cash OnlyTakeaway: No Create is a not-for-profit organisation based in Leeds. Its services include catering and cleaning and Cafe Create is their latest enterprise. Slightly different to Darvish and Merkato this is not a family run business but instead is an ethical organisation in which many employees (often refugees) …

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MERKATO INTERNATIONAL

Merkato InternationalType of food: EthiopianAverage meal cost: £7Paying: Cash onlyTakeaway: Yes Merkato is run by Samuel and Tady Bekalo who came to the UK from Ethiopia 10 years ago and opened this café 3 years ago. It is a quiet place, particularly popular with local Ethiopians and Eritreans who drop in frequently for a chat and a drink. Don’t be …

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DARVISH

Darvish; Traditional Persian Tea-House and RestaurantType of food: IranianAverage meal cost: £10Paying: Cash onlyTakeaway: For orders over £20 Darvish is a family run restaurant and café. Morteza, the manager, came to the UK from Iran 8 years ago and opened Darvish 4 years ago. The staff and atmosphere of the restaurant are very welcoming and we particularly liked the open …

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