My Internship Experience with Refugee Rights Europe


By Bana Tesfamichael, programme officer at Refugee Rights Europe I began my journey with Refugee Rights Europe (RRE) in May 2019, as a student studying an MA International Relations course. I found RRE whilst searching for NGO organisations within the UK where I could undertake an accredited internship as part of my MA. I sent … Continue reading My Internship Experience with Refugee Rights Europe

PRESS RELEASE, 5 December 2019


   Spotlight in the European Parliament on displaced women and girls Today, MEPs and other experts gather in the European Parliament to discuss the situation of undocumented women in displacement in northern France, in a high-level roundtable meeting hosted by Jackie Jones MEP, Claude Moraes MEP and Refugee Rights Europe. The meeting participants include diverse … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE, 5 December 2019

Ground update: The situation for displaced people on Lesvos, Greece


  By Jael Tobler and Grainne Farrell Since the beginning of June 2019, the Greek island of Lesvos has seen a dramatic spike in arrivals crossing from Turkey to Lesvos. Between Friday night and Sunday morning, 16 boats were reported to have landed on Lesvos carrying 650 people[i]. The most recent numbers released on the … Continue reading Ground update: The situation for displaced people on Lesvos, Greece

Shining a light on the needs of displaced women in northern France


By Katie Richards and Frances Timberlake, Refugee Women’s Centre Women and girls have been in makeshift settlements on the northern French coastline since the early 2000’s. Some travel alone; others travel with children or partners. But these camps have always been home to primarily young single men, making women a less visible minority that faces … Continue reading Shining a light on the needs of displaced women in northern France

Displaced people and solidarity in Greece: The Evictions of Exarchia


By Max Roche Greece has become a state of containment. Refugees and displaced people that have entered Greece have been faced with an asylum system struggling prior to 2015 and a system of increasingly securitised borders which drastically limits the possibility of onward movement. For those stuck in Greece the reality of life is harsh. … Continue reading Displaced people and solidarity in Greece: The Evictions of Exarchia

The Criminalisation of Solidarity


By Elizabeth Hobbs In recent years there has been an alarming increase in the criminalisation of acts of solidarity within Europe. This is particularly prevalent in the context of solidarity with refugees and migrants, but it also poses a potential threat to the wider European human rights community. It is situated within the context of a rise … Continue reading The Criminalisation of Solidarity

“My needs did not magically change or go away upon turning 18”: Why young asylum seekers need additional support


In July, RRE and our partners convened at Parliament to make the case for Youth Welfare Officers in all initial and dispersal asylum accommodation. Advocates like this are urgently needed to monitor and support the mental health and welfare of 18- to 25-year-old asylum seekers[i]. These individuals endure unimaginable trauma before arriving in the UK, … Continue reading “My needs did not magically change or go away upon turning 18”: Why young asylum seekers need additional support

Protection is urgently needed for young asylum seekers in the UK


By Laura Keen Under the current system, young asylum seekers between the ages of 18 and 25 receive no additional services or care despite being incredibly vulnerable. Most will have left home as children and grown up in incredibly harmful and traumatic environments, but are left isolated and unsupported once they reach the UK. To … Continue reading Protection is urgently needed for young asylum seekers in the UK

Ready, Waiting. The UK must let its asylum seekers work.


By Jay Burgess As the UK finishes marking both Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, one advocacy campaign is gaining mainstream traction. Lift the Ban, an award-winning coalition of 200 members, is campaigning to give asylum seekers in the UK access to work. Work allows asylum seekers to provide for themselves and their families with … Continue reading Ready, Waiting. The UK must let its asylum seekers work.