The Refugee Children’s Consortium’s response to the crisis

The Refugee Children’s Consortium has published a response to the refugee and migrant situation in the UK and the wider Europe. One of the main asks is that as a matter of urgency, the UK Government should welcome a fair and proportionate share of the amount of people fleeing persecution and war. Welsh Refugee Council is a member of the Refugee Children’s Consortium and is signatory to the response statement. Please read the full response here and share it as much as possible.

Response to Welsh Government Summit

Welsh Refugee Council response from the Welsh Refugee Summit 2015

We are pleased to see Welsh Government’s commitment to relocating refugees in Wales through the setting up of a task force to provide support to refugees.  It is great to know that Welsh Government, Welsh Local Government Association, Local Authorities and the third sector in Wales will be working together to coordinate a response to resettle refugees and consider the wider context of refugee inclusion.

The Situation in Syria

Mansour Abohalawa, a Syrian refugee from Darayya, living in Cardiff explains; the situation in Syria is much more dire than what is being shown in the media.  His town Darayya is all but destroyed and all his family members have fled.  They are now displaced living in Saudi Arabia which is not the best situation for them. Before the war they had a great life and was very happy in Syria. Leaving Syria was not their choice

He feels safer in the UK.

“Syrian people only come to the UK because they want safety and protection due to the war in Syria”

Wales Cares About Refugees

Wales Cares About Refugees

We are inspired by the surge of support for refugees and other migrants in Wales. We are heartened by the compassionate response of people who want to do something to support people fleeing conflict and to stop people drowning in the Mediterranean, dying in the back of lorries and suffering across Europe. Here are some things that we think you would like to know and some suggestions of practical steps that you can take to show your support.

Applying for ILR or Naturalisation

Changes to English Language Requirements for ILR/Naturalisation

Information for those wishing to apply for ILR or Naturalisation

 

If you are applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Naturalisation/Citizenship, the UK Home Office now requires you to prove your knowledge of English Language through:

  • an approved English qualification at level B1 (or above) or
  • a degree taught or researched in English.

Go here to find out more about these new arrangements.

Introduction to the New Welsh Syrian Association

Ferass Nadde

Written by Ferass Nadde

Ferass has been volunteering with the Welsh Refugee Council and has been instrumental in the founding of the new Syrian Association in Wales (SAIW).

 

Thanks to the people of Wales, and to the Welsh Refugee Council for the support and great help that they offer to refugees in Wales.

Welsh Action on Refugees

Urgent Action:

This is the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War with nearly 60 million[1] people forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution. There are over four million refugees[2] forced to flee Syria, most people living in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many refugees continue to take hazardous journeys to seek sanctuary.

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