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Are you one of the 15,000 people cycling Velo Birmingham? Are you going to use your 4 free London midland day tickets? Why not donate them to Hope Projects? Destitute asylum seekers have to go to Liverpool in person to make further representations. Essential if they are to overturn flawed refusals of asylum. The Home [...]
Friday was always going to be a challenge. It started with Hope trustees meeting at 9.30 in the morning, in our new offices on the far side of Birmingham. I gave myself an extra half hour to drive and, what with Birmingham rush hour traffic, arrived frazzled just in the nick of time. An afternoon [...]
Hope sends a lot of people to Liverpool. We don't like doing it. Here's why.
This blog post came out of a workshop I ran for the excellent NACCOM network. My day job is coordinator of Hope project in Birmingham, providing housing, financial support and legal advice to asylum seekers left homeless and destitute by flawed asylum refusals. One of the things that makes Hope distinctive is our focus on the [...]
In a perfect world there might be no borders. In the real world however there are borders and there are immigration controls and those of us committed to social justice and some version of human rights have to use the tools available to us. The principle tool we have at our disposal is the 1951 [...]
Hope is a destitution project. Destitution is a funny word. In the refugee sector we use it a lot. In the outside world not so much. I use it so much I sometimes miss the archaic sound of it. It's a Victorian sounding word, not really comfortable in modern language. It belongs with gas lamps [...]