Today protests will take place in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow, and Oxford highlight the plight of Syrian refugees. Syria is in the grips
of one of the most serious humanitarian crises of our time with 2.5 million people have fled and 6.5 million internally displaced. Join us today at 1pm outside the Glasgow Home Office reporting centre on Brand Street.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In January, the Coalition government promised to take ‘several hundred’ of the most destitute refugees over 2 to 3 years. But by mid-May just 24 had arrived as part of the re-settlement programme.
- Syrian asylum claimants who make their own way to Britain are facing long delays in processing their claims and, like all other claimants, live in terrible poverty – an adult asylum seeker is given just £34 per week.
- Expand the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme for Syria, at least to bring it into line with the commitments made by other Western nations to re-settle Syrian refugees.
- Immediate processing of all outstanding asylum claims, particularly cases where claimants have been waiting more than six months for an interview.
- Legal aid should be provided to make family reunion possible, that family visas are made available to elderly relatives, and free access to English classes for all claimants.
GET IN TOUCH
Today’s protests have been initiated by the Syria Solidarity Movement (facebook.com/SyriaSolidarityMovement), Movement Against Xenophobia (movagxen.wordpress.com), and No One Is Illegal (www.noii.org.uk). For local contacts see Glasgow Free Syrians (Glasgow.FreeSyrians@gmail.com) and The Unity Centre (unitycentreglasgow.org).