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Promoting Human Rights of Refugees in Europe

by Refugee Rights Europe Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Promoting Human Rights of Refugees in Europe
Promoting Human Rights of Refugees in Europe
Promoting Human Rights of Refugees in Europe
Promoting Human Rights of Refugees in Europe

We hope that you're doing well!  We're writing today to share the latest updates of our work.  We've had another busy few months at Refugee Rights Europe and we're excited to share our work with you. 

Refugee Rights Europe is very excited to announce that we have published two new human rights reports! In late August, we published ‘An Island in Despair,’ our report on the human rights situation on Lesvos.  Our research highlighted the sub-par living conditions in which thousands of refugees and displaced people are currently trapped following the 2016 implementation of the EU-Turkey deal.  The report highlights the living conditions on the island, characterised by severe overcrowding, lack of security, and high rates of mental and physical health issues among the residents.  You can read the full report here

Following the success of our Lesvos report, we launched ‘Left In-Between’ in September which sheds light on the situation in Brussels, Belgium for refugees and displaced people.  We found that the majority of people currently live on the streets and lack access to medical care and asylum information. The report highlights a number of human rights abuses occurring in Europe and Al Jazeera has published a summary of our findings.

We’ve continued our campaign to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to highlight the lived experiences of refugees and displaced people across Europe through written pieces on the human rights situation, culminating on International Human Rights Day in December.  In August, we focused on the right to adequate housing conditions.  We published a guest blog with Refugee History that focused on the living conditions in Lesvos.  In September, we focused on the lack of access to information available to displaced people in Europe by publishing an info sheet on our website.  In October, we focused on the lack of access to healthcare.  With Art Refuge UK, we looked at the mental health crisis among displaced people and we co-authored a blog with Choice for Youth and Sexuality on access to sexual and reproductive healthcare based on our research findings in Greece.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Refugee Rights Europe will be launching our final crowdfunding campaign of the year on 27 November.  All of the funds raised will go towards our field research and advocacy work that will enable us to continue fighting for the rights of refugees and displaced people throughout Europe.  Please watch our social media channels on 26 November and we’d greatly appreciate it if you’d consider making a donation and sharing our work with your friends!

None of this work would have been possible without generous supporters like yourself, and we are immensely grateful the support.  We are currently finishing our joint report with the Meena Centre in Birmingham on the conditions facing women in asylum accommodation.  Keep watching on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter pages for its release date!

Thanks again for your continued support, and please feel free to drop us a line if you would like any further feedback about our work.

Warmest wishes,

Krystal Garvin and the Team

Sleeping on the streets in Brussels
Sleeping on the streets in Brussels
Overflowing rubbish bins on Lesvos
Overflowing rubbish bins on Lesvos

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Our team recently completed research in Brussels
Our team recently completed research in Brussels

We hope that you're doing well! We're writing today to share the latest updates of our work. We've had another busy few months at Refugee Rights Europe and we're excited to share our work with you.

Refugee Rights Europe is very excited to announce that our two new reports will be published soon! During the month of June, we conducted field research on the human rights situation for refugees and displaced people in Brussels and Lesvos in order to shed light on their lived experiences. The Lesvos report will launch in late August and the Brussels report will launch in September. Be sure to check out Facebook and Twitter for previews and our website for the full reports!

We recently launched a campaign to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to highlight the lived experiences of refugees and displaced people across Europe through written pieces on the human rights situation, culminating on International Human Rights Day in December. In July, we focused on police and citizen violence as experienced by refugees and displaced people. We wrote a blog for Refugee History and for the Agenda for International Development that can be found here. Upcoming shared experiences will include children in displacement, living conditions, and other pressing issues.

In honor of World Refugee Day, Refugee Rights Europe was elected to participate in Global Giving’s match-funding campaign on 20 June. All of the funds raised will go towards our field research and advocacy work that will enable us to continue fighting for the rights of refugees and displaced people throughout Europe. We had great success with this campaign are immensely grateful to all of our donors and supporters!

We have also been able to increase our advocacy work through evidence submissions and collaborative efforts with other civil society organisations. Following the harrowing reports of increased numbers of drowning in the Mediterranean, we joined forced with fellow rights and aid groups to send an open letter to the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management. We called on the European Commission to take immediate measures to stop the unacceptable drowning of men, women, and children on Europe’s doorstep. Refugee Rights Europe has also been cited in various reports, including the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)’s annual report and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ending Homelessness’ report, further shedding light on rights violations facing those seeking protection in Europe and the UK.

None of this work would have been possible without generous supporters like yourself, and we would like to invite you to continue to support us with a small donation. We are currently working on the final edits of our Europe-based reports and want to expand our EU-based advocacy programme; we need any support we can get and we’d love to have you onboard!

Thanks again for your continued support, and please feel free to drop us a line if you would like any further feedback about our work.

Warmest wishes,

Krystal Garvin and the Team

Recent statistics from our research in France
Recent statistics from our research in France
Overflowing rubbish bins in Moria on Lesvos
Overflowing rubbish bins in Moria on Lesvos
Graffiti on the wall at Moria
Graffiti on the wall at Moria

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Snowy tents in Paris
Snowy tents in Paris

We hope that you're doing well! We're writing today to share the latest updates of our work. We've had another busy few months at Refugee Rights Europe and we're excited to share our work with you.

Thanks to your generous donations, we've successfully published our Annual Report 2017, documented the human rights situation facing refugees and displaced people living in Paris and the UK, and increased our advocacy and campaigning efforts at the national, European, and international levels.

In February, we published our pilot study in the UK that documents the situation for asylum-seeking individuals in an accommodation centre provided by the Home Office in London. Our report is based on interviews with 33 individuals who resided at the accommodation centre. It highlights the sub-standard living conditions for asylum-seeking individuals, including lack of security, poor air quality caused by mould and vermin, unsanitary environments in common areas, and overcrowding. All of these elements can cause deterioration in the mental and physical health of its residents and our report offers concrete recommendations to the Home Office to improve its accommodation centres.

Following this, we traveled to Paris, France to follow-up one year after our initial report on the situation of refugees and displaced people, including unaccompanied minors, living on the streets in the City of Lights. Our report highlights a number of critical issues faced by refugees in the urban environment, including inhumane living conditions, police violence, and lack of access to legal information and healthcare. We’ve included object recommendations and issued a joint statement alongside our partners during the debate of the Asylum and Immigration Bill in the French Parliament.

We’ve also been able to increase our advocacy efforts at all levels of society. In March, we launched a new advocacy page on our website that showcases how we use our independent field research to advocate for the human rights of refugees and displaced people to be upheld throughout Europe. You’ll find all of our submissions at the national, European, and international level.

None of this work would have been possible without generous supporters like yourself, and we would like to invite you to continue to support us with a small donation. We are currently working on two Europe-based reports and want to expand our UK-based programme; we need any support we can get and we’d love to have you onboard!

In the lead up to World Refugee Day, we will be launching a crowd funding campaign in early June and will benefit from GlobalGiving’s 24-hour match funding campaign on 20 June! This means that any donation, regardless of size, will be automatically doubled by Global Giving on that day. We would love if you’d be able to support and will be grateful of any contribution to our work.

Thanks again for your continued support, and please feel free to drop us a line if you would like any further feedback about our work.

Warmest wishes,
Krystal Garvin and the Team

Ceiling in a UK refugee accommodation centre
Ceiling in a UK refugee accommodation centre
Broken door in a UK accommodation centre
Broken door in a UK accommodation centre
Tents in Paris
Tents in Paris

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It's been a busy few months here at Refugee Rights Europe (previously the Refugee Rights Data Project, RRDP). We kicked off the new year with two new research studies, and started ramping up our advocacy work. It's all been possible thanks to generous supporters such as yourself, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely once again!  

First of all, we're excited to have been selected as one out of three finalists for the prestigeous Bond Advocacy Campaign Award 2018! We'll be attending the award ceremony next week and are keeping our fingers crossed.

In mid-January, we conucted our first-ever research study in the UK. We suvered some 17% of residents in an asylum accommodation centre in north-west London, investigating the living conditions and human rights infringements experienced there. The report has already caught the interest of many British Members of Parliament, and received good media coverage in the Guardian. This is hopefully the first of several studies in the UK, and we're currently working hard to ensure our recommendations reach those with the power to effect meaningful change. 

Later in the month, we went back to Paris to document the situation for hundreds of refugees sleeping rough in the streets of this European capital. We found an incredibly dire situation characterised by ill-health and lack of basic living standards. The full report will be out soon, and we are currently planning the advocacy work with partners on the ground. 

Ahead of the Franco-British summit held in Sandhurst on 18 January 2018, we issued an open letter alongside our partners, with a concrete set of recommendations. We welcome the announcement by the Home Secretary that re-affirmed the UK Government’s commitment to fulfil the remaining places allocated under the ‘Dubs’ amendment, moved forward the eligibility date at which children would be accepted on the scheme, and promised to allocate a portion of the overall £45.5m budget to supporting family reunification. We will continue to monitor these commitments 

We're currently gearing up for joint advocacy with several partner organisations on the #AllWomenCounty lobby of Parliament in International Women's Day 2018 to ask policy makers to listen and act on refugee and displaced women's calls for safety, dignity and liberty.

Overall, our work is still largely dependent on donations from generous individuals like yourself. If you would like to continue supporting us, please consider making a small donation. Thank you again for your invaluable contributions thus far! 

Take care and keep in touch!

Best wishes,

Marta and the team

Ps. Please take a look at our Annual Report 2017 by clicking the link below!

Researchers in action in Paris
Researchers in action in Paris
The situation in Paris during our research
The situation in Paris during our research

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Report launch in the House of Lords
Report launch in the House of Lords

We hope you're well! We're writing today to share the latest updates about our work. We've had a busy few months here at RRDP - a lot has happened since we last wrote to you. 

Thanks to generous donors like yourself, we've been able to document the human rights situation facing refugees and displaced people in both Italy and France, and we've done lots of campaigning work around the research findings, calling for long-term change.

Our report from Ventimiglia at the French-Italian border was based on interviews with 150 refugees trapped in a bottle-beck scenario there. The report highlights detrimental living conditions coupled with police violence and dangerous border crossings, all contributing towards a situation characterised by chronic insecurity and extensive mental and physical health problems. Check out some of our news coverage in the Independent newspaper here

After the Ventimiglia study, we returned to Calais in northern France, to document the situation there one year on from the demolition of the Calais 'jungle' camp. Our study there investigated a number of issues face by refugees in the area, including police and citizen violence, health conditions, and people's access to information and legal advice. We were honoured to launch the report in the House of Lords in the UK, and alongside preeminent partner organisations in the sector, we called on Members of Parliament to work towards effecting meaningful change. Take a look at our media coverage in the Observer!

None of this work would have been possible without generous supporters like yourself, and we would like to invite you to continue to support us with a small donation. In the lead-up to a major study in the streets of Paris, France we need any support we can get, and we'd love to have you onboard!

On Human Rights Day, 10 December, we will be launching our biggest crowd funding campaign to-date, and we're hoping to benefit from Global Giving's match funding offer - which means that any small donation you'd be able to make would be doubled by Global Giving, free of charge! We would love it if you were able to support us then, and will send a gentle reminder closer to the date - we hope you don't mind! 

Thanks again for your continued support, and please do feel free to drop us a line if you would like any further feedback about our work. 

Warmest wishes, 

Documenting the situation for refugees in Calais
Documenting the situation for refugees in Calais
Calais report cover, a year on
Calais report cover, a year on

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Refugee Rights Europe

Location: London, Greater London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.refugeerights.org.uk
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Project Leader:
Marta Welander
London, United Kingdom

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