Unheard voices

There will be a screening of short films highlighting the voices of unheard refugees and asylum seekers. As part of Refugee Week and in partnership with Henry Hyams and DLA Piper. With a short talk from Manuel Bravo Project and a person with first-hand experience of navigating the asylum system in the UK . There will be networking before and after, and …

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Leeds to Lebanon, Alice’s story

What would you do if 21 million refugees came to the UK? Now that there are over 1 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon the Syrians make up a quarter of the Lebanese population. This didn’t compute with me until I did the maths and realised that would indeed be the equivalent of 21 million refugees coming to the UK …

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The right to legal representation

Manuel Bravo Project – Legal assistance for people seeking asylum The Manuel Bravo Project is a volunteer-based service which offers legal assistance to unrepresented asylum seekers. We offers free legal advice to asylum seekers who wish to appeal against a negative first decision or submit a fresh claim for asylum and who cannot obtain legal aid. The project employs seven …

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Is the UK number one in Europe?

Source: UNHCR From the images in the media and the political hype, you’d think that the UK was the number one destination for asylum seekers in Europe. In reality we’re not that popular and it’s questionable whether we pull our weight. Don’t forget that 8 out of 10 refugees escape to neighbouring countries in the same region. Asia hosts 4.8 million …

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Home Office policy on asylum support is unlawful

Asylum seekers are given so little in benefit that they cannot meet their essential living needs and the High Court has ordered the Secretary of State to rethink the decision not to increase support rates. Refugee Action’s research found that almost 40% of asylum seekers waiting for an initial decision on their asylum claim, do not have enough money to buy adequate food …

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Taking refugees to the opera

Part of what makes Leeds such a great city is its vibrant music scene. There is no lack of venues for all genres: rock, jazz, indie, classical, world, opera. But is it not always enjoyed by all members of the community. Alone and away from home, struggling in poverty against a bureaucratic system that might bring deportation with little warning, …

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The Daily Mail – our new best friend?

As the director of Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network, I get a lot of emails from people: people offering their help and support, wanting information about what we do, even the occasional opportunity to earn ££££s in my spare time. This one was offering to sell us Banner Adverts for LASSN on the Daily Mail website, for £495. I laughed …

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Profile on Syria

The Syrian civil war has descended into a humanitarian crisis.  For most of the past three years more than 100 children have died each week.  More than 50% of the country’s population are now reliant on aid from foreign governments.  Lebanon population shows the number of people that have been displaced by the war.  It is now the biggest refugee …

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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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Over 1,000 people in Leeds say YES to Syrian resettlement

1,132 people have called on Leeds City Council to put itself forward as a place to resettle Syrian refugees. The humanitarian crisis in Syria is one of the most tragic and devastating in recent world history. We welcome the support the UK has already provided in humanitarian aid and the recent Government announcement that the UK plans offer temporary resettlement …

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