We’re going to get the anti-refugee laws repealed.

The Campaign

Refugees abandon their homes to escape war and persecution. They have to seek safety elsewhere. The right to do so, set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention, has protected millions worldwide for decades.

Today, in the UK, the anti-refugee laws are putting that basic right under threat. Unless we fight back, Britain’s days as a safe haven could be over.

In April 2022 the Nationality and Borders Bill passed in Parliament, turning the anti-refugee Bill into the anti-refugee laws. The Government chose to punish refugees rather than protect them. It’s a tragedy that must be put right.

When the anti-refugee laws are repealed it won’t be a second to soon, but it will be too late for many of the lives ruined by this legislation.

Our pledge below lays out what this campaign and its supporters are committed to: a compassionate approach that welcomes and supports refugees.

We believe that people seeking protection from war and persecution should be welcomed and that everyone’s claim for asylum should be treated equally and fairly.

We believe that the UK should offer sanctuary to those who need it. That’s why we’re taking a stand against the anti-refugee laws. We pledge to:

  • Defend the right to seek safety from war and persecution in the UK

  • Speak out against attempts to criminalise and punish those who make their own way to safety

  • Challenge the anti-refugee laws which will risk the lives and well-being of people

  • Work towards a refugee protection system that treats all people with dignity and compassion.

    The anti-refugee laws

    The anti-refugee laws permit the offshore processing of people seeking asylum and the creation of warehouse-style reception centres on UK soil, ripping up internationally recognised rights for people fleeing war and persecution, and criminalising thousands of refugees.

    They will be costly to implement and ineffective – creating ever-longer backlogs and delays in the asylum process that will leave people facing homelessness and destitution, and living in limbo for longer.

    Rather than breaking the business model of people smugglers, the new laws will leave people vulnerable to exploitation and reliant upon criminal gangs in order to reach safety.

    Missing from the legislation is any attempt by the Government to introduce new routes for people fleeing war and persecution to claim asylum in the UK, such as a long-term and ambitious commitment to refugee resettlement or expanded family reunion schemes. It’s the lack of such safe routes that drives people to risk their lives to cross the dangerous Channel in flimsy boats.

    Testimony of people seeking safety

    “The anti-refugee laws would have meant I would never have been reunited with my wife. We could not have rebuilt our lives, and we wouldn’t have had our daughter.” – Akram, Birmingham

    “With these anti-refugee laws, the Government is closing their eyes and throwing people back to war and persecution.” – Kidist, Leeds

    “Due to a political problem I was forced to leave Afghanistan and travel to the UK through different countries. These laws will mean people in my situation will have no chance to claim asylum.” – Asimgul, Walsall

    Supporters

    10GM
    ASHA
    ASIRT (Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team)
    ASSIST
    AVA (Against Violence and Abuse)
    Abbey Catholic Primary
    Abergavenny Town of Sanctuary
    Abigail Housing
    Action Aid
    Action Foundation
    Action for Refugees in Lewisham
    Afghan Community and welfare Centre
    African French Speaking Community Support (AFSCS)
    African Rainbow Family
    African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers 4 Justice
    Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk
    Allsorts Youth Project
    Amnesty International Sheffield
    Amnesty International UK
    Amnesty North East Welcomes
    Another Europe Is Possible
    Apna Haq
    Asha North Staffordshire
    Ashton Churches Asylum Project
    Asylum Justice
    Asylum Link Merseyside
    Asylum Matters
    Asylum Support Appeals Project
    Asylum Welcome
    BARAC (Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts) UK & AUE (Artists’ Union England)
    BEACON (Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern)
    BRASS
    Bail for Immigration Detainees
    Baptist Union of Great Britain
    Barnsley Borough City of Sanctuary
    Ben & Jerry’s
    Bevan CIC
    Birch Network
    Birmingham Artivistas
    Birmingham City of Sanctuary
    Birmingham Methodist Circuit blue team
    Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary
    Birmingham Sutton Park Circuit
    Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid
    Bolton CVS
    Bournville Amnesty
    Bradford City of Sanctuary
    Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network
    Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network ( BIASAN)
    Bradford and Shipley TUC
    Bradford and Shipley Trades Council
    Bridging Communities
    Bristol Refugee Rights
    Bristol hospitality network
    Bromsgrove Justice and Peace Group
    Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees
    Brushstrokes Community Project
    Burslem Jubilee
    CARAG Coventry
    CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)
    CARE International UK
    Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary
    Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group
    Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign
    Capital of Cycling
    Care4Calais
    Caring and Sharing Charity Organisation Rochdale
    Caritas Plymouth
    Caritas Shrewsbury
    Caritas Westminster
    Cecil Green Arts
    Celebrating Sanctuary BIrmingham
    Central Books
    Central England Law Centre
    Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Refugee Support Group
    Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Stand Up To Racism
    Chinese Information and Advice Centre
    Christian Brothers
    Church of Scotland
    Churches Together in Erdington
    Citizens Advice Wigan Borough
    City of Sanctuary Sheffield
    City of Sanctuary UK
    Columban Missionaries in Britain
    CommunityWorks
    Connected Voice
    Conversation Club Leeds
    Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
    Craftspace & Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective
    Crisis
    Curious Monkey
    DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield)
    DEWA, Sheffield
    Denbighshire County of Sanctuary
    Derby Refugee Forum
    Derby Stand up to Racism
    Destitution Project Bolton
    Digbeth in the fields, URC church
    Diverse Church
    Doncaster Conversation Club
    Ebony and Ivory Community Organisation
    Edmund Rice England
    End Violence Against Women Coalition
    English for Action London
    Epping Forest Stand Up To Racism
    Evesham Vale Welcomes Refugees
    FODI (Friends of the Drop In for Asylum Seekers and Refugees – Sunderland)
    FORWARD
    Father Hudson’s Care
    Fatima House
    Fawcett Society
    For Refugees
    Free Churches Group
    Free2bme LGBTQ Community Organisation
    Freedom From Torture
    Fresh Grassroots Rainbow Community
    Fusion Family Intervention
    GMBMEN (Greater Manchester Black and Minority Ethnic Network) and MBMEN (Manchester Black and Minority Ethnic Network) CIC
    Global Link
    Good Chance Theatre
    Govan Community Project
    Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl)
    Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
    Greater Manchester Migrant Destitution Fund
    Growing Together Levenshulme
    HOPE not hate
    Haringey Migrant Support Centre
    Haringey Welcome
    Harrogate District of Sanctuary
    Hastings Community of Sanctuary
    Hastings Stand Up To Racism
    Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees
    Helen Bamber Foundation
    Hereford Amnesty International
    Herts for Refugees
    Homeless Link
    Hope Housing
    Hope Projects
    Hope into Action: UK
    Horton Community Farm
    Host Nottingham
    Human Rights Watch
    Humans for Rights Network
    Humans of Wolverhampton
    ICLS (Intercultural Communication and Leadership School)
    IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation
    IMECE Women’s Centre
    IMIX
    Idaraya Life CIC
    Ileys Community Association
    Imkaan
    Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
    International Rescue Committee UK
    Juno Women’s Aid
    Just Futures: Centre for Child, Youth, Family and Community Research
    JustRight Scotland
    Justice First
    Kairos Women Working Together (Kairos WWT)
    Kalayaan
    LGBT Foundation
    Lancaster and Morecambe Stand Up To Racism
    Latin American Women’s Rights Service
    Learn for Life Enterprise
    Leeds Anti Raids Action
    Leeds City of Sanctuary
    Leeds Destitute Asylum-Seekers Support
    Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network
    Liberty
    Lifeline Options
    London Black Women’s Project (LBWP)
    Longbridge Methodist Church
    Louth Churches for Refugees
    MEAS
    Macc
    Mafwa Theatre
    Magic for Smiles
    Manchester City of Sanctuary
    Manchester Migrant Solidarity
    Maryhill Integration Network
    Medical Justice
    Mermaids UK
    Methodist Asylum Project, Middlesbrough
    Methodist Church in Britain
    Micro Rainbow
    Midaye Somali Development Network
    Middlesbrough Diocese Justice and Peace Commission
    Migrant English Project, Brighton
    Migrant Voice
    Migrants Organise
    Migrants’ Rights Network
    Multicultural Resource Centre
    Museum of Homelessness
    MyGwork
    NACCOM
    NIARA
    Nazarene Theological College
    Near Neighbours Birmingham c/o Thrive Together Birmingham
    Nether Edge and Sharrow Green Party
    New Europeans – UK
    New to the UK, North Shields
    Newport City of Sanctuary
    North East Law Centre
    North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (NorSCARF)
    North of England Refugee Service
    Oasis Church Centre
    Ockenden Cambodia
    One Roof Leicester
    One Strong Voice
    Open Door North East
    Open Doors Forum
    Otley Road & Undercliffe Community Works (Communityworks)
    Our World Too
    Oxfam Great Britain
    PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)
    Peaceful Borders
    Pemberton Transitions Service
    Plan International UK
    Praxis
    Project 17
    Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network
    RADAR(Rochdale Action with Destitute Asylum Seekers and Refugees)
    RAMFEL (Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London)
    RAS Voice
    Race Council Cymru
    Race Equality Network
    Rainbow Migration
    Rape Crisis England & Wales
    Reading Refugee Support Group
    Reading Refugee Support Group, Reading City of Sanctuary
    Refugee Action
    Refugee Compassion
    Refugee Council
    Refugee Futures LTD
    Refugee Legal Support
    Refugee Resource
    Refugee Support Devon
    Refugee Welcome Homes
    Refugee Youth Service
    Refugee and Migrant Centre
    Regional Refugee Forum North East
    Restore (a project of Birmingham Churches Together)
    Right to Remain
    Ripon City of Sanctuary
    Rural Refugee Network
    SALONE Empowerment Project
    SAVTE
    SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group)
    Safe Passage
    SafeLives
    Sanctuary Hosting
    Sanctuary on Sea (Brighton & Hove City of Sanctuary)
    Save the Children
    Schools & Home Energy Education Project
    Scottish Refugee Council
    Sensewise Consulting
    Shakti Women’s Aid
    Shelter
    Shirley Methodist Circuit
    Six Ways Erdington Baptist Church
    Skipton Refugee Support Group
    Social Action Group of Newcastle Reform Synagogue
    Solidarity With Refugees
    Soul Food Spaces
    South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group
    Southampton Action
    Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG)

    Southampton City of Sanctuary Group
    Southampton Stand Up To Racism
    St Albans for Refugees
    St Chad’s Sanctuary
    St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
    St Peters Church. Stockton on Tees
    St Thomas Aquinas
    St Vincent de Paul RC Church Justice & Peace Group
    St Vincents Support Centre
    St. Augustine’s Centre Halifax
    St. Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School
    Stand & Be Counted Theatre Company
    Stand Up To Racism
    Step Up Migrant Women campaign
    Stockton Baptist Church
    Stonewall
    Stories of Hope and Home
    Student Action for Refugees
    Student Action for Refugees – University of Birmingham
    Student Action for Refugees – University of Kent
    Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL)
    Surviving Economic Abuse
    Sussex Aid For Refugees
    Swansea Asylum Seekers Support
    Swindon City of Sanctuary
    TUC
    The Bike Project
    The Birth Partner Project
    The Boaz Trust
    The Church of Scotland
    The Comfrey Project
    The Gap Wales
    The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)
    The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
    The Kite Trust
    The Launchpad Collective
    The Nia Project
    The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)
    The Pickwell Foundation
    The Refugee Rights Project
    The Runnymede Trust
    The William Gomes Podcast
    Thousand 4 Thousand
    Together Now
    Tyneside Welcomes (Community Sponsorship Charity)
    UK Must Act
    UNISON
    United Reformed Church
    University of Huddersfield
    Upbeat Communities
    VITA
    Vauxhall Community Law Centre
    Voices Without Borders
    Voices in Exile
    Waging Peace
    Wales TUC
    Walking Within North Tyneside
    Walsall Quaker Meeting
    Waltham Forest Migrant Action
    Welcome Group Halesowen
    Welsh Centre for International Affairs
    Welsh Refugee Council
    West End Refugee Service
    West Midlands Anti Slavery Network
    Wharfedale Refugee Response
    Wiltshire for Refugees
    Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary
    Women Asylum Seekers Together
    Women for Refugee Women
    Women of Wolverhampton
    Women’s Health Matters
    Women’s Resource Centre
    Woodgate Valley Community Association
    Wythall Amnesty Group
    XR Extinction Rebellion & ECOmodulor CIC
    Young Women’s Trust

    MPs who have signed the pledge

    Caroline Lucas – Green Party
    Tim Farron – Liberal Democrats
    Munira Wilson – Liberal Democrats
    Wendy Chamberlain – Liberal Democrats
    Tommy Shephard – Scottish National Party
    Paul Blomfield – Labour Party
    Chris Law – Scottish National Party
    Cat Smith – Labour Party
    George Howarth – Labour Party
    Daniel Zeichner – Labour Party
    Wera Hobhouse – Liberal Democrats
    Kenny Macaskill – Alba Party
    Nadia Whittome – Labour Party
    Ben Lake – Plaid Cymru
    Neale Hanvey Alba
    Sarah Champion – Labour Party
    Mick Whitley – Labour Party
    Allan Dorans SNP
    Stephen Farry Alliance party
    Kate Osamor – Labour Party
    Marsha DeCordova – Labour Party
    Beth Winter – Labour Party
    Stephen Tims – Labour Party
    Apsana Begum – Labour Party
    Ian Byrne – Labour Party
    Geraint Davies – Labour Party