We are committed to providing a welcome to Sanctuary Seekers in Chester. In providing a local welcome we cannot ignore the national factors which make life more difficult and impede a welcoming environment. For this reason we feel we should campaign to improve the situation. Here we outline relevant campaigns and invite you to find out more and consider joining these by actions such as signing petitions or writing to your MP.
Nationality and Borders Bill (update 19/6/22)
Despite objections and proposed amendments, this Bill is now law.
Following on from this, the government issued over 100 deportation notices to remove asylum seekers to Rwanda with the first flight aimed for the 14//6/22. A last minute legal case stopped this but a full legal challenge to the government’s new deportation policy is to be held before the end of July.
Care4Calais is one of the charities bringing the case to court and the following link explains why, asks for donations to assist the case and has information leaflets for any one receiving a deportation notice – https://care4calais.org/stop-rwanda/
Having failed in its attempts to remove asylum seekers the government is now starting a trial of tagging some asylum seekers as they arrive – another example of the ‘hostile environment’ portraying vulnerable people as criminals.
‘Detention: expensive, ineffective and inhumane’ (taken from ‘These Walls Must Fall’ website).
Currently the UK is the only European country to allow indefinite immigration detention. This can only be changed by a change in Home Office policy or a legal change voted in by Parliament. The campaign ‘These Walls Must Fall’ explains the situation in detail and gives links to letters you can sign and other actions you can take. See
One Strong Voice
You may be interested in this organisation which has been formed by those with lived experience of the immigration and asylum system. They have compiled a 7-point plan to make the system more compassionate and a petition you can add your name to.This is particularly relevant in view of the governments plans to alter the system. These are the people who know what works and what doesn’t, have a look at what they have to say via this link: https://www.onestrongvoice.org.uk/#who-we-are