JRS UK produces a number of publications and resources that you may find helpful if you would like to advocate on behalf of refugees, or support your parish or develop resources in schools.
Read our latest briefing on the experience of reporting to the Home Office among those refused asylum.
Many people subject to immigration control in the UK are required to report in person to the Home Office regularly, often for years. People with ongoing asylum claims, those refused asylum, and people released from detention are among those routinely required to report, as a condition of immigration bail. Reporting can require travelling long distances and queuing outside for hours. It is emotionally traumatic and physically gruelling.
The Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK)’s latest report ‘Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention’ draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people supported by JRS UK, with direct experience of detention spanning the last 20 years. It finds that the Home Office policy of immigration detention fosters a culture of death, self-harm and ongoing trauma leaving those who are detained, or threatened by the prospect of detention, dehumanised.
The faith-based report, For our welfare and not for our harm, written by leading Catholic theologian Dr Anna Rowlands in collaboration with JRS, analyses barriers to justice and dignity faced by destitute people seeking asylum and people who’ve experienced detention from their own perspectives and approaches them as “dignified human agents who are able to shape their own futures.” The report focuses on the skills that many wish to pursue in order to work – not only to survive materially, but also as a way of contributing to society and maintaining a sense of purpose.
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We have produced a resource for schools that is designed to get students thinking and talking about refugees and some of things that those who come to the UK seeking safety face. With a slideshow and notes, it is perfect to use in an assembly or in class for Key Stage 3 and above. If you have any questions about using or adapting this resource, please email Nick Hanrahan – firstname.lastname@example.org