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Review: Farah Saleh’s Gesturing Refugees

This participatory interpretive dance experience will stay with me for a long time. The piece affected me in ways I am not yet aware of; there were many subtleties in the show that participants passively accepted during the performance but were laced with meaning. For example, participants were asked to practice whistling at the start, […]

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Anti-Racism Demonstration in Glasgow: “Refugees are welcome here”

This article was originally submitted on the 23rd March Written by Deniz Yalçın and Eliška Suchochlebová To mark United Nations (UN) Anti-Racism day, hundreds gathered in Glasgow on 19th March for a demonstration organised by Stand Up To Racism and supported by various social movement groups.  People met at Kelvingrove Park on a sunny Saturday […]

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An interview with Deborah Kayembe, the University of Edinburgh’s new Rector

Deborah Kayembe, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist who came to the UK as a refugee, has been elected unopposed as the University of Edinburgh’s 54th Rector.  Assuming office on 1st March, Ms Kayembe’s will be an historic appointment as she becomes the University’s first Black Rector, and the third female Rector after her predecessors Ann […]

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British orphans amidst violence in Syria must be brought home

News of the Syrian conflict rears its head in the media again following Trump’s reckless withdrawal of troops and Turkey’s attack on the Kurds. It might seem to be easy for us in the UK to think that this is something no longer relevant to us. ISIS has been almost completely defeated, despite the recent […]

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What does Trump’s wall mean for the right to life?

Last autumn, I thought a revolution was underway. For once social media and news broadcasts were relaying a wave of optimism: an unprecedented number of people gathered in Honduras, encouraged by a Facebook post, to head north together. In my surroundings, very few people seemed to have heard (or seen) the news about the Central […]

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When governments fail to act, we need to stand up for refugees

In 2019, the number of displaced people around the world will likely surpass 70 million, a figure that eclipses the population of the United Kingdom.  A tragedy arguably unmatched in human history, this poses an existential challenge to humanitarian agencies and governments alike. While the civil conflict in Syria and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar grab […]

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The Kindertransport: deconstructing British saviourism then vs now

Almost exactly 80 years ago, on 2 December, a life-saving train settled in Harwich, England. The train brought with it approximately 200 orphans from Berlin, Germany whose orphanage had been destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom less than a month before. They were to be the first of around 9,000-10,000 unaccompanied Jewish children brought to the […]

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Meet SolidariTee, the student refugee campaign

In 2016, the number of applications for asylum in Europe reached close to 1.3 million. With Germany and Greece taking on 64 per cent of these applications, the pressure on their legal administrations to process these cases is mounting. Coupled with the need for translators to facilitate action, and the lack of funding to do […]