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Essential reading

Lift the Ban – Why it makes sense, including to the UK economy, to allow asylum-seekers to work in the UK. RCoS is a member of the national Lift The Ban Coalition.

Why the Home Office is failing asylum-seekers left, right and centre – and spending 28% more to do so. A November 2020 report from the Public Accounts Committee: “There is a long way to go before the Home Office delivers what it has promised on accommodation and essential services for asylum seekers… The lack of preparation and failure to share data meant elements of the new services were ‘set up to fail’. The failure to have effective services fully up and running in the first year has had a significant impact on the lives of asylum seekers, hugely exacerbated by the pandemic crisis.”

Liberty’s report on the ‘hostile environment’ – April 2018: government policies set out to make life unbearably difficult for people in the UK without legal status. However, a very high proportion of Home Office asylum decisions are overturned, so rightful asylum-seekers are victimised, and there any many other reasons why this policy is unacceptable. Liberty report.

Refugees Welcome? April 2017: An excellent all-party parliamentary group report which details the things that most need to change about our asylum system. An accessible read containing stuff everyone should know. APPG report

The benefits of having friends who aren’t ‘just like us’ – People tend to make friends with people similar to them. However, mixing with diverse people can stimulate creativity and benefit both the individual and society. BBC News article

Many Rivers Crossed – April 2018: A British Future report into attitudes to race and integration 50 years on from Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. Report.

CoS Charter April 2018: find out about the national charity’s vision and values. CoS charter 2018.