For too long, the political debate around refugees and the asylum system has been skewed, misleading, and negative.
It has fuelled a culture of exclusion and blame towards refugees and people seeking asylum. This has led to changes in policy and law that mean already vulnerable and traumatised people struggle to get by in Britain.
But much of the British public and politicians want to see a humane system that protects the welfare of everyone, regardless of their immigration status.
How we’re working for a fairer system
To change this, Refugee Council is at the centre of the political debate around refugee and asylum issues.
We work closely with politicians across parliament, as well as elected officials in regional and local government, to create a system that properly supports the needs of all refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
We are a leading source of information for these officials about the UK asylum system and the issues affecting refugees in the UK, across the range of policy areas and government departments.
This includes providing the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees. Co-chaired by David Simmonds, the MP for Ruislip, Northwood, and Pinner, and Anne McLaughlin, the MP for Glasgow North East, the group provides a network for interested MPs to find out more about the issues affecting refugees and to take action to achieve positive change.
For more information, you can contact our Parliamentary Manager at the details below.
The APPG on Refugees
The current officers of the APPG are:
- David Simmonds MP – co-chair
- Anne McLaughlin MP – co-chair
- Tim Loughton MP – vice-chair
- Caroline Lucas MP – vice-chair
- Baroness Lister of Burtersett - vice-chair
- The Lord Bishop of Durham - vice-chair
Find out about the work of the APPG via Twitter @APPGRefugees.