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17 September | London | Refugees Welcome 2016

17Sept

Solidarity With Refugees Demonstration
Sat 17 Sept | 12:30-17:00
Park Lane, London

Many British people have responded to the tragedy they see unfolding on their doorstep with extraordinary displays of humanity and generosity. They've been moved to act after seeing many thousands trapped in camps in Greece without running water or baby formula; thousands of people drowning in the Mediterranean as refugees seek increasingly dangerous routes to safety since the closing of borders and the sea route from Turkey; the continuing misery of the camp in Calais; the injustices and inefficiencies of Britain's own asylum system.

80% of Britons want our government to do more to help. Polls now show that 1 in 4 of us would welcome a refugee in our own home. We want to tell the government that we are waiting to help. The UK should be leading the way and working with other states to give refugees safe, legal routes to asylum, ending the trade in people smuggling.

Since the referendum campaign and vote, divisive rhetoric has been ever more prevalent from a small but vocal minority. In the light of this, the need to come together in a spirit of welcome has become even more acute. Most of us are keen to welcome refugees, and we need to make it clear to everyone that this is the case.

Last year, in the week of our demonstration, the government agreed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees. We know that public pressure can make a difference.

So save the day to help refugees on September 17th: Join us and make your voice heard!

This event is supported by:

    Action Aid
    Amnesty International UK
    Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
    Asylum Aid
    Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)
    British Future
    The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
    Calais Action
    Care4Calais
    CARE International
    The Children's Society
    Churches Refugee Network
    Citizens UK
    City of Sanctuary
    Calais Action
    Doctors of the World UK
    Faiths Forum for London
    Health Poverty Action
    Help Refugees
    Islamic Relief UK
    Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)
    London City Sikhs
    Mercy Corps
    Migrants Resource Centre
    Migrants Rights Network
    Mitzvah Day
    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK
    North of England Refugee Service
    National Union of Teachers (NUT)
    ONE Campaign
    Oxfam
    Praxis Community Projects
    Refugee Action
    Refugee Council
    The Refugee Initiative
    René Cassin
    Sadaqa Day
    Scottish Refugee Council
    Stand up to Racism
    Stop the War Coalition
    Syria Solidarity Campaign
    UNICEF UK
    Women for Refugee Women


 

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