Ahead of the General Election, we are calling on all political parties and candidates to commit to a new approach to refugee protection.

We have sent our manifesto asks to political parties standing in this election, as we recognise that elections are an opportunity to change the narrative.

We want this election to be about positive and real change, and to ensure that all voices are heard.

We highlighted ten key asks of political parties when designing their manifestos. These in turn can be split into three overarching requests:

People seeking asylum should be able to find safety in the UK.

People seeking asylum should have access to a just and fair asylum system.

People seeking asylum should be properly supported to rebuild their lives in the UK.

We are committed to challenging inequalities in the asylum system and in wider society, to ensure that everyone in need of refugee protection has fair and equal access to protection and is able to rebuild their lives with dignity.

We seek to remove destitution from the asylum system; to end the criminalisation of people who are seeking safety; and to create more safe and legal routes which would prevent the horrific journeys that people go through in search of protection, and the many tragic deaths that we have seen at our border.

We are also pushing for refugees and asylum seekers to have the right to vote in all elections; for people to be given Indefinite Leave-to-Remain at point of decision; and for people to be housed in safe, dignified accommodation which is not outsourced to private, profit-driven companies.

This election, will you ask candidates about these urgent issues?

You can read all of our key asks in more detail here.

 

Author: Chris Afuakwah