Refugee Week 2021

We will not walk alone...

Here at Asylum Welcome, we are committed to the theme of this year’s refugee week, “We cannot walk alone.” We stand alongside asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants who face extraordinary difficulties in their lives.

Our clients have been badly affected by COVID-19. To add to these difficulties, we’ve seen the promise of new draconian laws demonising asylum seekers who arrive in the UK through unsafe routes, deeming them ‘illegal’. We believe that this flawed and inhumane plan ignores our responsibility to offer protection to those genuinely fearing persecution.

Adel came to the UK on a lorry when he was just 16 years old, fleeing a war-torn country in the Middle East. Adel was determined to make a life for himself. He finished his schooling, moved to Oxford, got a driver’s licence and began working.

But there were huge challenges ahead.

Adel’s asylum claim was rejected when he reached adulthood, leaving him unable to work. He had to sleep in parks whilst waiting for the decision on his fresh claim. After nine long years, Adel’s asylum claim was finally accepted. However, the hostel where he has been staying has issued him with an eviction notice and he is now seeking new accommodation. 

Asylum Welcome has supported Adel throughout and has now referred him to our Education and Employment Service, a most positive and crucial step as he moves forward.

Sadly, Adel’s story is not unique which is why we also stand as proud supporters of the campaign ‘Oxfordshire has a heart – and it’s orange.’

Asylum Welcome is part of a new national coalition called Together With Refugees. The coalition is calling for a more effective and humane approach to the asylum system. The campaign’s symbol is an orange heart, the colour of the refugee flag. We are asking people to display an orange heart in their window or on social media to to show refugees and asylum seekers that they aren’t alone – we are fighting with them.

We walk with those in need and we walk with you too, as our supporters. Your donations help us to provide essential services to those asylum seekers and refugees that we assist every day.

With your help, we will assist many more people like Adel.

Can you make a special donation to help our clients move forward with their lives?

Please make a donation of £20, £40 or whatever you can afford.

We are so grateful for your incredible support and solidarity – and we wish you good health and happiness.

Mark Goldring CBE


PS: Refugee Week coincides with UN World Refugee Day on Sunday 20th June. This year marks 70 years since the inception of the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention. It was groundbreaking then and remains vital today. Your support now – during Refugee Week – couldn’t be more important. Thank you.

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