Action for Refugees is pleased to announce an event for the Edge Hill community to find out more about becoming a ‘University of Sanctuary’.
From the University of Sanctuary website:
Around the world, more people than ever in history are being forced to flee conflict and persecution to find safety and sanctuary elsewhere.
Higher Education Institutions in the UK have a proud and radical tradition of providing sanctuary for academics and young people and many are actively looking for ways to build on this tradition in today’s political and social context. City of Sanctuary has partnered with Article 26, Student Action for Refugees and others to develop a network to inspire and support universities to develop a culture and a practice of welcome within their own institutions, in their wider communities, and across the Higher Education sector in the UK.
University of Sanctuary status has been awarded to 12 universities in the UK (at the time of writing) who have met the standards set by the Sanctuary scheme. So far in the North West, Manchester University is the only recognised member of the scheme.
With the support of the Dean of Education, Dr Jane Moore, Edge Hill will host the NW University of Sanctuary representative on the 23rd January at an open event to find out more about getting involved. Everyone is welcome – students and staff are essential for a successful application. We know that excellent work is going on around campus, from the international team offering fee waivers, to supervisors working with prospective students from the refugee community. Our initial teacher education programmes now include refugee awareness, and Global Unity (the student society) was recognised with a Chancellor’s Scholarship for their work. University of Sanctuary status offers an opportunity to bring all of this work together and improve awareness.
We hope to see you on the 23rd!
Updated 20th December to correct contact email on flyer.
We question refugees’ motivations, scrutinize their stories, generalize their persecution, feel sorry for their plight, and invisiblize their individuality among the numbers that frame their displacement. The category that gives refugees international protection is the same that singles them out as a member of what seems to be a homogeneous group: refugees. By using this category in this way we generalize about their lives, we claim to understand their needs and we aim to find ‘solutions’ for them.
Taking place at 1pm in CE.225 (second floor, Creative Edge)
The session, led by grass roots organisations working with and for people who have experienced immigration detention in the UK, will include presentations from: a) Dr Vicky Canning from the University of Bristol; b) Samuel Farmery and other members of Migrant Artists Mutual Aid; c) Lauren Cape-Davenhill from Right to Remain / These Walls Must Fall.
The session will include the screening of a short film by These Walls Must Fall, as well as readings from ‘Strategies for Survival, Recipes for Resistance’. This will be followed by an activist session during which attendees will be able to plan any actions they could be involved in to challenge immigration detention and support those who have direct experience of it in the North West.
Further details of the session (or letting Migration NW know that you would like to attend) can be obtained by emailing Agnieszka Martynowicz @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action for Refugees was delighted to attend the Sustainability event supported by the Institute for Social Responsibility on Wednesday in Church House, Ormskirk. We joined with friends from the SDG network to share our work.
Over 20 groups were represented including the local food bank and the Liverpool World Centre, as well as academics from Edge Hill working on research linked to sustainability. It was great to meet groups working on these important issues and develop our local networks.
“The UK government proudly calls the aim of its immigration policy to be the creation of a “hostile environment, ” while refugees drown in the Mediterranean and Britain votes to leave the EU against claims that “swarms” of migrants are entering Britain. Meanwhile, study after study confirms that immigration is not damaging the UK’s economy, nor putting a strain on public services, but immigration is blamed for all of Britain’s ills. Yet concerns about immigration are deemed “legitimate” across the political spectrum, with few exceptions. How did we get here?
Through interviews with leading policy-makers, asylum seekers, and immigration lawyers, Maya Goodfellow illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. A nuanced analysis of the UK’s immigration policy from the 1960s onwards, Hostile Environment links immigration policy and the rhetoric of both Labour and Tory governments to the UK’s colonial past and its imperialist present. Goodfellow shows that distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation directly resulted from immigration policy, and reminds us of the human cost of concessions to anti-immigration politics.”
Edge Hill Lecturer, Yiannis Koufonikos’ new film, ‘Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp’ is the exciting outcome of a collaborative project with Coventry University, bringing together residents of the camp and the local community to share their stories.