Saving their lives broke up their families - Refugee Council
June 20, 2017

Saving their lives broke up their families

Right now, millions of refugees are on the move across the world, forced to flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution. The UNHCR reported just yesterday that a shocking 20 people were displaced every single minute of 2016.

Very often refugees try and reach loved ones already living safely elsewhere – including in the UK – but restrictive laws pose huge challenges, causing families to be torn apart.

Families like Muhammad’s. Muhammad was a lawyer in Syria and after escaping the violence fled to the UK in search of safety. After he was recognised as a refugee, Muhammad immediately began applying for family reunion so that his wife and children could join him and the family could be reunited. But this was not to be. While his wife and two young children were granted permission to join Muhammad, his two oldest were forced to stay behind. A son and a daughter, barely older than 18, living alone in a war-torn country.

We’re calling on the Government to change the rules to allow more refugees to reunite with their loved ones in safety – but we need your help to do this.

You can help us change this by asking your newly elected MP to introduce a Refugee Family Reunion bill.

In 3 easy steps you can become part of our #togetheragain campaign to enable more refugee families to be together when they need each other the most.

Find out how you can help us here.