Calling something ‘fair’ doesn’t make it fair

Just calling something ‘fair’ doesn’t make it fair

The Government’s new plan for asylum is based on the idea that there are two types of refugee: ones that come to the UK via resettlement routes and ones that travel illegally. The Government say we shouldn’t help those that travel illegally. But less than 1% of the world’s refugees get chosen for resettlement schemes. Should the rest just stay and die? Or should they do everything in their power to save themselves and their families?

It’s not at all ‘fair’ to assume that just because you pay a people smuggler you are not in genuine need of asylum – those in desperate need must do whatever they can to survive.

Passing through a safe country does not stop you being a refugee. Why should the UK take none of the refugees who have escaped to Europe? Our society is no less compassionate, and we do not care about our fellow human beings any less, U.K. than our European neighbours.

We want to see people fleeing war and persecution safely rebuilding their lives within our communities. ‘Fairness’ means giving them this chance, not using half truths and twisted rhetoric to divide our society in the UK.

Read more about asylum overhaul here: https://www.gov.uk/…/consultat…/new-plan-for-immigration

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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