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Asylum Seekers: awareness week

Many of them face social exclusion and marginalisation due to the legal limbo in which they find themselves, without the ability to exercise their most fundamental rights.

The agency for UN refugees, Acnur, indicates that every year around 30,000 people seek asylum in the UK, of whom approximately 15% are held in detention centres for immigrants.

Because of this, there are many organisations in this country working to help these people. One of these is Young People Seeking Safety (YPSS), a network of individuals and groups working to promote the rights and safety of young people seeking asylum in the UK, who, in many cases, arrive in the country without any type of family support. In order to learn more about this topic, from the 28th March until the 3rd April “Awareness Week” will be held in collaboration with the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns.

Events will take place in cities around the UK, including Oxford, Glasgow, Brighton, Manchester, Plymouth, Cambridge, Leicester, Somerset and Bristol, and will involve concerts, film-showings and photography exhibitions. The week aims to raise awareness of the problems faced by these young people and will allow them to come together in order to share their experiences of the fight for the right to asylum in the UK.

There will also be a conference on the 31st March in the Sherwell Centre at the University of Plymouth where experts, asylum seekers and refugees will share their views on the British government’s current policies on these matters, in particular the work of the UKBA (United Kingdom Border Agency) and its impact on young people seeking asylum.

Date and location: 31st March, 9.30am-2pm – Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth. Entrance free.

(Translated by Sophie Roper – Email: scroper@hotmail.co.uk)

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