ASSIST has been accepted as a member of Still Human Still Here, a coalition of over 60 organisations that are campaigning to end the destitution of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK. The coalition believes that the current policy is inhumane and ineffective and is urging the Government to:
Refugee Week in Sheffield starts 8 March 2014 – find out what you can join in with here:
The Government is pressing ahead with even more legal aid cuts that will impact everyone – anyone who wants a good lawyer but cannot pay for it might now lose out.
Published in 2013, ‘Bad News for Refugees’ analyses the political, economic and environmental contexts of migration and looks specifically at how refugees and asylum seekers have been stigmatised in political rhetoric and in media coverage. Through forensic research it shows how hysterical and inaccurate media accounts act to legitimise political action which can have terrible consequences both on the lives of refugees and also on established migrant communities.
“I took Yarl’s Wood with me to Manchester. Sometimes. . . I hear the footsteps of the officers, I hear the banging of the doors and the sound of their keys.” These are the words of Lydia Besong, from Cameroon. Read the New Statesman’s article here.
7 ways to help our new housing project! ASSIST has been supporting destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield for 10 years. We are also increasingly concerned about homelessness of people who have been granted leave to remain in the UK. ASSIST is therefore planning to set up 2 new houses in Sheffield to make sure that are most vulnerable clients have a safe roof over their heads. Here are 7 ways you can help us make it happen: 1. Help us find a house
ASSIST has endorsed the Charter of rights of women seeking asylum It is supported by a broad coalition of over 340 organisations, including the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Amnesty International and the TUC.
South Yorkshire campaigning group SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) is organising a Public Meeting on TUESDAY 18 February at 7 p.m. at the Workstation in Sheffield calling upon local and national politicians to ‘get out of the gutter’ in their treatment of Immigration and Racism.
Thank you to our hardy volunteers who were out to collect for ASSIST in the town centre on a frosty Saturday. And to the brilliant Body of Sound who busked for us. All of them helped raise a wonderful £233.78 from shoppers. We really appreciate everyone giving up their time to help us, and the spare change from everyone who stopped by!
A message from South Yorkshire Asylum and Migration Action Group about a protest on Wednesday December 18th 12 noon (meeting on the Moor): We hope that you will support this regional protest, on Wednesday December 18th in Sheffield, against the latest Immigration Bill which was described by Theresa May as aiming to “create a really hostile environment” for migrants. The main results of the Bill – if it becomes law – are…: