A refugee’s first thought after being allowed to stay
This is a message we received from a refugee who was recently told he could stay in the UK. He has a four-year-old son with autism and faced a long and nightmarish battle with the Home Office for months. Instead of thinking about his own needs, his first thought after hearing he could stay is that he hopes he can be useful to England.
This is the plain and simple truth that we are constantly reminded of in Calais: refugees are immensely grateful for the opportunity to come to the UK and sincerely hope that they can contribute to our country.
Many of the people we meet are talented engineers, doctors, translators, tradesmen, artists, you name it – people like you and I, but they had to flee their home country due to difficult circumstances beyond their control. They can and do contribute so much to the UK. We should feel just as lucky to have them here as they feel about being allowed to stay.