Austerity may be officially ‘over’ but its faulty logic lingers on

by Kiri Kankhwende   The Runnymede Trust’s newly-launched project Our Migration Story is a timely reminder that migration has underpinned Britain’s national story for centuries. We need it now more than ever. Unlike America, which has migration at the heart of its national mythology, public awareness of our own is low. There isn’t much consideration… Read More

It will take more than sympathy to save refugees from drowning in lifejackets

by Shahd Abusalama As world leaders were meeting in New York for the UN Migration Summit on Monday, activists transformed Parliament Square, the doorstep of British decision makers, into a graveyard of thousands of lifejackets. These lifejackets had once been worn by refugees that made it to the European beaches. No one knows if they… Read More

The Refugee Olympic Team is a Vast Light in a Sea of Darkness

by Shireen Ahmed Two months ago, the United Nations Refugee Agency released a report that found in 2015, wars, persecution, and conflict had driven more people away from their homes and communities than in any year since the UN began keeping records. A staggering amount have risked their lives, spending every penny they have in… Read More

David Cameron cares more about white votes than brown lives

by Maya Goodfellow If there’s one thing David Cameron is more reluctant to do than let refugees into the UK, it’s risk losing votes. This week, he abandoned plans to slam Britain’s door in the face of refugee children — not because he’d realised how callous this would be but most likely “to avoid defeat in… Read More

Australian Embassy in London Lit Up with Faces of Dead Refugees

by Sarah Keenan   and Nadine El-Enany Photography by Rikki Last week, guerrilla projectionists lit up the Australian Embassy in London with the faces of three recently deceased young men, each of whom died while under the ‘care’ of the Australian government in its offshore refugee detention system.  The protest is all the more potent… Read More

When xenophobic words become real violence

by Maya Goodfellow  Last week, in a chilling report that has the faint echoes of lynching during the Jim Crow era, a group of refugees and migrants in the Calais camp say outsiders attacked them. Unidentified men put them in a van, drove them to a field, stripped them naked, handcuffed them and beat them… Read More

Who remembers Aylan Kurdi now?

by Dr Nadine El-Enany  Who remembers Aylan Kurdi now? The photograph of the Syrian toddler that so galvanised Europe’s public over the question of refugees seems a distant memory now. Is it that a genuine concern for the wellbeing of refugees has merely been displaced by other political priorities in the minds of Europeans? Or… Read More

Majid Ali’s case is a reminder that asylum seekers are routinely dehumanised in the UK

by Maya Goodfellow On Tuesday night the government deported Majid Ali, a student at Glasgow Central College. Despite a campaign to stop his extradition, Ali has been sent to his home country of Pakistan, where activists and SNP MP Chris Stephens say he’s in danger of ‘physical harm, and even death’. Sadly, Ali’s case is… Read More