Poor health, no wealth, no home

2016 Feb 3 Red CrossRed Cross report: Fleeing your home and arriving in a new country is a traumatic experience. The British Red Cross supports vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers as they settle into their new home and lives. But once here in the UK, many people who fled one extraordinary crisis now face another: destitution.

As one man said to us during the research: “You lose your whole self-worth.”

This latest report on destitution from the Red Cross uses the experiences of asylum seekers across South Yorkshire as a case study. However, the findings are likely to be echoed throughout the UK – and they paint a bleak picture:

Two-thirds of asylum seekers report regular hunger – and a quarter are going hungry every day.

More than half have no fixed address. In our experience, this adds to the risk of serious – including sexual – exploitation.

More than half said their health had worsened.

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DW: More than 10,000 migrant children ‘missing’: Europol

Some 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe since their registered arrivals, according to Europol. The EU police agency fears many may have been forced into sex rings or the slave trade.

Europe’s police agency has confirmed figures shared with British daily “The Observer” that at least 10,000 children have vanished in the past 18 to 24 months since arriving among refugees from conflict regions such as Syria.

“It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children,” the agency’s chief of staff Brian Donald told the newspaper, adding that 10,000 was likely to be a conservative estimate.

Donald conceded that some unaccompanied minors might have since been reunited with refugee family members, but said their whereabouts remained unexplained.

Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/more-than-10000-migrant-children-missing-europol/a-19014669

What can I do – update

quaker_home_theme11 February 2016: Gov.uk: Syrian refugees: what you can do to help 

The refugees coming under the Vulerable Persons Scheme will have 5 years Leave to Remain in UK, and so will have a home, entitlement to work, and to claim benefits and allowances, but they will probably really appreciate a smiling face and open heart, a cup of tea, help to find their way around, and quiet time to recover from their experiences.

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Responses to the QPSW paper about sponsorship below:

qarn logo sm Updated 1 February 2016: Quakers have been asked to consider the QPSW paper regarding sponsorship of refugees, which will be before Meeting for Sufferings on Saturday 6 February 2015.  

Below are comments of some Quakers connected with QARN, reprinted with permission  – the original paper is here – http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/quaker-peace-and-social-witness-private-sponsorship-of-refugees. Quakers should discuss their thoughts with their own Meeting for Sufferings representative

Posted 31 January 2016 – this post will be updated as thoughts come in: Continue reading “Responses to the QPSW paper about sponsorship below:”