Sign the letter and call on the Government to overturn the sudden decision to withdraw vital support for thousands of refugees in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month. Read the full letter below.
We are outraged to discover that Government officials recently told many NGOs, including the Refugee Council, that current EU funding through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) will not be replaced by the Treasury, in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month.
The funding has enabled the Refugee Council to run vital projects providing crisis advice and support for refugees at risk of homelessness and destitution, helping them understand the UK job market and giving support to reduce isolation.
A loss of funding on this unprecedented scale would wipe out the majority of the Refugee Council’s capacity to help these refugees rebuild their lives in safety.
Over 2000 refugees will now miss out on vital support from the Refugee Council alone, and many thousands more will be denied help from other affected NGOS across the UK.
As part of the process in awarding the grants, the UK Government gave assurances that there would be no risk to this funding when the UK exited the EU.
Many charities had been previously assured that this funding would be protected, so the decision to now cut short the promised funds represents a disgraceful Government U-turn.
Refugees’ prospects of being able to rebuild their lives in safety and integrate into British life are being put under threat.
We urge you to overturn this decision, and ask you to commit to long-term replacement funding, to allow the Refugee Council, and others, to carry on their vital work supporting refugee integration.
The alternative is that services will begin to close down, leaving thousands of vulnerable refugees at risk.
Refugee Council supporters