Publicity materials and campaign websites

Testimonies from asylum seekers living in the North East

North East Campaign Flyer 2009-10
RRF & Nothern TUC Campaign Leaflet 2009-10

Campaign websites

Refugee Council
Still Human Still Here
Living Goasts
Student Action for Refugees
European Council on Refugees and Exile

Press articles / releases 2009:

The Journal 12th Dec 2009 “The Bishop hits out at how we treat Asylum Seekers”. A leading Church of England figure has launched a withering attack on the Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, describing hundreds in the North East as “absolutely destitute”.

Refugee Council press release 14th July 2009 ‘New evidence shows extent of skills being wasted by not allowing asylum seekers to work’

Refugee Council press release 6th July 2009 ‘Sheffield City Council calls for refugees in Sheffield to be given the right to work’

The Independent 14th Feb 2009 Leading article: Let asylum-seekers work

Daily Telegraph 13th Feb 2009 Church of England General Synod calls asylum seeker amnesty

Centre for Social Justice
Press release 15th December 2008 "Asylum Matters: Restoring Trust in the UK Asylum System"

Guardian Newspaper June 18th 2008 Lord Bill Morris says “Let them give something back. The case is compelling: we should restore the right to work for asylum seekers, allowing them to contribute to society........

Sunderland Echo 2nd June 2008 In National Refugee Week reporter JESSICA FORSTER looks at how the North East has been marking the event and speaks to an asylum seeker who is campaigning for their right to work……"

Launch of national campaign: 18th April 2008 at TUC Black Workers Conference

Guardian Newspaper July 23rd 2002 announces Home Office intention to end the right to work for asylum seekers “The Home Office is poised to scrap a concession which allows asylum seekers to work in Britain if their claim for refugee status is not decided within six months...........

Further information

House of Commons Briefing paper 10 September 2010 Asyum Seekers and the right to work

Refugee Council Report January 2010 Chance or choice? Understanding why asylum seekers come to the UK

Centre for Social Justice December 2008 Report "Asylum Matters: Restoring Trust in the UK Asylum System" Executive Summary of report

Refugee Council The Basics of Asylum and The Facts about Asylum

Home Office Policy Buletin No.72 Feb 2005 Employment & Voluntary Activity (asylum seekers)