The Refugee Council will hold fringe events at the political party conferences this autumn, to discuss the dangerous situations in countries refused asylum seekers flee from but often do not return to when they are refused protection in the UK.
The specific countries Refugee Council will be focusing on are Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe, as a large number of refugees have fled these countries in recent years, and a high proportion of destitute refused asylum seekers in the UK are also from there.
The panel will discuss the human rights abuses, conflict and persecution taking place in these countries, and the reasons asylum seekers fear returning. They will also cover the impact this has on people who do not return, many who are forced into destitution and have few rights.
Labour party conference fringe
The conference titled ‘No fate like home: why refused asylum seekers do not return’ will be held on Wednesday 3rd October at 13.00 in Room Central 4, Manchester Central.
Speakers will include: Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Immigration Minister; Paul Kenyon, BBC broadcast journalist (Panorama) who has focused on migration from African countries to reach safety in Europe; Asli Tedros, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) Manchester; and Mike Kaye (Chair), Still Human Still Here.
Conservative party conference fringe
The conference titled ‘No fate like home: why refused asylum seekers do not return’ will be held on Tuesday 9th October at 19.30 in Exec Room 8, in the ICC, Birmingham.
Speakers will include: Mark Harper MP, Minister for Immigration (tbc); Nicola Blackwood MP (tbc); Ian Birrell, journalist who regularly writes on African countries, former deputy editor of Independent newspaper, former speech writer for David Cameron during 2010 election; Josephine, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) Manchester; and Mike Kaye (Chair), Still Human Still Here.
All are invited to attend the conferences.
Refugee Council will also be holding a meeting with Liberal Democrats later in the year.