Victims of war are suffering on our doorstep. Governments are doing nothing to help, but you can.
There are currently around 1,000 refugees in Calais and Dunkirk sleeping rough; another 500 refugees in Brussels; and over 1,500 in Paris. These migrants have no access to even basic sanitation and may not have changed their clothes in weeks, leading to skin disease and similar problems. Since the closure of the Calais migrant camps (Calais jungle), these refugees have no shelter at night or regular food supply, and their health is in shocking decline. The refugee crisis in Europe is the biggest challenge of our generation. Governments do not recognise this as a humanitarian crisis, but your charity can.
The reason that refugees have been coming to Calais for so many years is that, if you want to claim asylum in the UK, you have to be physically present in the UK, and there is no legal way to get there. So refugees gather at points close to the UK and risk smugglers and illegal means to gain entry. Until safe and legal routes are established this is likely to go on, and these victims of war and conflict will need our help.
Care4Calais and our charity volunteers provide direct aid to refugees living in the worst conditions across northern France and also to those in the French welcome centres who do not have access to winter clothing, adequate food or other daily essentials. We help the refugees living on the streets in Paris and those in small migrant camps wherever they spring up.
For people who have fled war and persecution, finding safety in the UK should mean the chance to rebuild shattered lives. But many refugees find it almost impossible to focus on the future while they remain separated from their families. This separation can drag on for years because of the UK’s restrictive rules on refugee family reunion. A joint report, just issued by the Refugee Council and Oxfam, shows that refugees who are living here without their families can become desperate, even suicidal, when their loved ones are still facing danger overseas.
On March 16 MPs will have a vital opportunity to call on the Government to allow more refugee families to be reunited. Please take just two minutes to tell your MP that you want this to be considered – simply click the button below and provide your name and address.
Refugee families are torn apart by war. Take action to help bring them together.
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