“Following our course on Understanding the Roots of the Immigration System, Woodbrooke and Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network are hosting a day on 5th June: ‘Solidarity in the hostile environment: what can we do?’ https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/product/solidarity-in-the-hostile-environment-what-can-we-do/ We will be joined by people with lived experience of the asylum system.
How will the New Immigration Plan affect people seeking asylum? How do the uncertainties and frustrations of living in this system affect people’s lives? What is it like to be sent to live in old army barracks, putting your physical and mental health at risk? How can we counteract the negative and deliberately inaccurate portrayal of people coming here in search of somewhere safe to rebuild their lives? And how can we work together to connect the people caught up in this inhumane system with those who have the power to effect change? Please come along and join us to explore what we can do together, and do share this invitation with others in your Local and Area Meetings.
Information from Woodbrooke:
This one day event provides an opportunity to learn more about how our asylum system works and how the hostile environment affects those caught up in it. What has happened to justice and compassion and how can we advocate for systems based on these principles? We will explore ways of standing with those seeking sanctuary and supporting one another in our concern. There will be opportunities for discussion in small groups, reflection, hearing from those affected by the hostile environment and taking part in workshops.
This event is organised in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network which works to change the way that refugees and asylum seekers (whether recognized under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees or not) are treated and to ensure that justice and compassion are the guiding principles. There will be a range of presenters and facilitators. https://qarn.org.uk/”