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A real home for refugees

“Destitution, Detention and Deportation” is the name of the seminar due to take place in Cardiff on the 10th of August that will address the reality of detention centres and the deportation of their inmates.


Refugees and asylum-seekers are those people who leave their countries after being witness to genocides, wars and ethnic persecutions in their native countries. They escape in search of a country that will embrace them where they can live in peace.

The legal status of refugees and their rights are already internationally recognised and many are quickly given asylum in other countries.

However, despite such recognition many refugees are deported from their new-found homes once the specified period for their length of stay has lapsed and are forced to return to their native countries.

Others are not so lucky though, with certain countries refusing entrance to refugees and denying them their rights.

This problem and others surrounding the issue of asylum-seeking will be discussed at the seminar ‘Destitution, Detention and Deportation’, which will run for four sessions. Anyone who is affected by, or interested in this issue is encouraged to attend.

The first and second sessions are entitled ‘Destitution’ and will be lead by members of the Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) and will talk about the support systems already in place for refugees and asylum seekers, like social benefits.

It will also look at the support given to those who have recently arrived in the UK who are not given refugee status, and how to appeal when financial help is applied for but discontinued or not given at all.

The third session will be called ‘Detention’ and will be run by a volunteer from the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group (GWDG).

It will explain how to help a person who has been detained and the correct strategies to employ when trying to free a detainee or someone at risk of deportation.

The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns will run the fourth session that will introduce their anti-deportation campaign set to launch in September.

The session will also include a break-down of the stages of deportation and what is involved in each. Lastly, participants will work through a series of practical examples, looking at cases from the points of view of a young person, the media and politicians respectively.

The event is organised by Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales and Cardiff Migrant Solidarity and will run from 9am-5pm in Cardiff. For more details go to www.facebook.com/events/190320611099561/

(Translated by Rachel Eadie – Email: racheleadie@hotmail.com)


Refugees and asylum-seekers are those people who leave their countries after being witness to genocides, wars and ethnic persecutions in their native countries. They escape in search of a country that will embrace them where they can live in peace.

The legal status of refugees and their rights are already internationally recognised and many are quickly given asylum in other countries.

However, despite such recognition many refugees are deported from their new-found homes once the specified period for their length of stay has lapsed and are forced to return to their native countries.

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