News 2022

23 December 2022

An update and appeal

As 2022 comes to a close, Robina Qureshi, shares her thoughts on the past year's work and what we will be up to next year.

14 December 2022

Three people confirmed dead and 43 rescued after Channel tragedy

HM Coastguard are conducting a search-and-rescue operation for an incident involving a small boat in the Channel. Britain's government and emergency officials confirmed that an incident was ongoing, with lifeboats, helicopters and rescue teams working with the French and British navies to respond to an event that occurred at around 3:40 a.m. There are reports of three fatalities, with 43 rescued, including families with children. Four people are confirmed dead.

25 November 2022

Appeal for Unoccupied Properties and Spare Rooms

The Room for Refugees Network is appealing for spare rooms and unoccupied properties across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. 

6 November 2022

Obituary: Alasdair Aird McKee

In appreciation of a friend and long standing supporter.

5 November 2022

Home Secretary‘s decisions to block refugee transfers led to overcrowding and outbreaks of scabies and diptheria

29/10/22: Home secretary Suella Braverman ’s decisions to block transfers led to overcrowding and outbreaks of scabies and diphtheria at a holding facility for asylum seekers , according to a report.

5 November 2022

Defying an unjust and evil law is no crime – it’s a human obligation.

Rev Dr Iain Whyte, our former Chair and trustee, blasts Suella Braverman in this hard hitting speech. We promised we would print it.

4 November 2022

RIP Alasdair McKee, Former Chair and Trustee

In remembrance of a friend and long-standing supporter.

31 October 2022

Open Letter to The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Prime Minister and Minister for the Union

  Dear Prime Minister, Overcrowding & Inhumane Conditions at RAF Base, Manston, Kent As representatives of civil society, refugee and migrant organisations, lawyers, providers, trade unions, teachers' unions, educational institutions and faith and belief communities across the United Kingdom, we, the undersigned, write to express our grave concerns about the…

31 October 2022

It’s not too late to apply for EU settled status in Scotland

BY June last year, around one quarter of a million European Union (EU) citizens had applied for settled status in Scotland under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). 

14 October 2022

Pressure mounts on Children’s Commissioner to intervene in the deplorable housing conditions of asylum seeking pregnant women and new mothers

Below is a letter to the Children's Commissioner to ask him to intervene to force Mears group to accommodate asylum-seeking mothers in their own accommodation, not hotels. The names of clients have been changed to protect identities, as people are fearful of the accommodation contractor and of its connection to the Home Office, which decides their asylum claim.

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