The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees is a group of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Lords from all political parties with an interest in refugees. APPGs can call for inquiries into particular issues. They ask for written and oral evidence from experts and those with direct experience of the issue. The APPG then discusses this evidence and decides on recommendations for action. They publish the findings from inquiries in reports which can be used to lobby for change.
On the 19th July, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees launched an inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK. This is a brilliant opportunity for refugees and people working with them to tell people in power about the challenges faced by refugees in the UK, as well showcasing areas of innovation and good practice. The inquiry will look into the experiences of refugees who have claimed asylum in the UK, as well as those who have arrived as refugees in the UK through resettlement schemes.You can read the full terms of reference for the inquiry on the Refugee Council website.
Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words and must be submitted in a Word format to Jonathan Featonby at the Refugee Council.
DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES: Saturday 1st October 2016
Jonathan Featonby, Refugee Council, PO Box 68614, London, E15 9DQ
We know that contributing to inquiries can be very time-consuming for individuals and small organisations, but Regional Asylum Activism is here to help! In the past, we’ve supported individuals and organisations to submit evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention and the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Asylum. You can read more about our previous work here!
So how can you get involved?
- Responding as a group or as an organisation
We’ve written a guidance document for groups wanting to submit evidence to the APPG inquiry. You can download it here!
- Sharing your own experience as a refugee
The inquiry is keen to hear from those who have been granted refugee status within the last year. Do you want to tell your own story? Or do you know someone who might? We’ve created a helpful testimony template form that can help you get started. Check it out here and get in touch if you need any help!
- Contributing to a joint response from your town or city!
Sometimes we’re stronger together. Get in touch with your Regional Asylum Activism coordinator to see whether you can get involved in a joint response.
- Not too sure what to do?
Talk to us; we’re here to help!
Julia Savage – North West (Maternity Cover) – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07557 983 264
Lorna Gledhill – Yorkshire and Humberside – email@example.com – 07557 982 498
Emma Birks – West Midlands – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07557 983 227