Right now, Asylum Welcome faces an urgent challenge: that of supporting people fleeing threat, violence and persecution in Afghanistan.
As well as being traumatic for everyone in and connected to the country, the Taliban takeover, and the fear and uncertainty that go with it, have immediate implications within the UK and locally.
Asylum Welcome is working with many others including Oxfordshire-wide councils (county and city), MPs, refugee community organisations and of course local Afghan leaders and with other organisations to support those having to flee.
It is important to commend the immediate government commitment and support of councils that have so far pledged to take some of the additional 20,000 refugees and find their resettlement. This is a good start, but more must be done, and quickly.
Asylum Welcome will incur additional costs and require extra resources as we provide more support to the Afghan community and to the new arrivals.
If you can help us to provide support to Afghan arrivals and to those who are already here and whose families are affected, please give what you can now.
We have also posted information on our website outlining the range of ways in which people can help now: https://www.asylum-welcome.org/asylum-welcomes-response-to-afghanistan-how-to-support/ We will continue to update our website and social media platforms as the situation changes.
Although the government has committed to support the resettlement of 20,000 Afghan refugees, the Home Secretary had made it clear that this doesn’t change the government’s wider asylum plans that are currently before parliament. This will affect the status, reception and rights of a significant number of the 30-40,000 arrivals who seek sanctuary in the UK each year, including those Afghan refugees who will not be able to access the resettlement programmes and who make their own way to our borders or shores.
While welcoming the new scheme, we need to remember that many of the people most at risk in the new Afghanistan simply won’t get to be part of an organised resettlement.
If you can help at this critical time, then please do.
Can you make a donation to support our work with Afghan refugees and those whose families are affected?
Please make a donation of £20, £40 or whatever you can afford.
Please note that we have been required to impose a £15 minimum donation rule through this donation method. To donate amounts under £15 please visit: https://www.asylum-welcome.org/bank-transfer-standing-order-or-cheque/
We are truly grateful for your support at this most difficult time.
Mark Goldring CBE
PS. The Afghan community urgently needs our assistance and we must do everything that we can to help. We greatly value your support. Thank you.