The Nationality and Borders Bill will overhaul the UK’s asylum system and make it more difficult to get asylum in the UK. The Bill would deny many refugees the chance to seek sanctuary here, criminalise many who try, and isolate refugees in harmful out-of-town institutions.
- How worthy of protection someone is will depend on how they were able to travel to the UK. This will deny sanctuary to the vast majority of refugees.
- It will expand the use of detention-like accommodation centres
- It will permit the use of offshore processing for protection
- It will tear families apart
- It makes asylum determination much harsher – even though it’s already harsh
- It does not commit to resettlement
- It does not create any safe routes to seek asylum
- It will make people seeking sanctuary more vulnerable to trafficking and modern slavery.
There are several ways you can take action
- Contact your MP to express your concerns about the Nationality and Borders Bill and call for a just and person-centred asylum system. There’s some top-tips and a template letter on the next page, and there’s more information on the JRS UK and SVP websites
- Share this guide with your friends and your family, and explain why it matters to help refugees and asylum seekers, and read the human stories behind the numbers.
- Look at whether your community would be suited to Community Sponsorship. Stable accommodation is one of the biggest challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
- Pray for refugees, asylum seekers and parliamentarians making life-altering decisions. JRS UK have a host of prayer resources to help.
If you would like to find out more about these issues or about Community Sponsorship in the Diocese of Plymouth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.