Refugee Week: MPs meet Refugee Asylum Forum at Law Centre (NI)
As part of Refugee Week, six Northern Ireland Westminster representatives met with members of the Refugee Asylum Forum last Friday at the Law Centre. The meeting discussed what our MPs can do to help refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland, including the recently arrived Syrian refugees.
The meeting brought up issues of destitution and homelessness, family reunion, travel difficulties, immigration detention, difficulties encountered during transition from asylum seeker to refugee status.
Present were: Margaret Ritchie MP, Danny Kinahan MP, Mickey Brady MP, Jim Shannon MP, Gavin Robinson MP, Councillor Kate Mullan, of Alisdair McDonnell’s constituency office, and members of the Refugee & Asylum Forum.
It was a very informative discussion. We were really pleased that the MPs took a real interest in a number of the issues we raised and offered to help with individual cases and pursue the wider issues with Westminster Home Office and DWP Ministers. We look forward to working with our MPs on these issues.
The Law Centre was also involved in WelcomeFest, a concert and celebration by Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Belfast Friendship Club and British Red Cross, at Saint Anne's Cathedral Belfast.
Law Centre (NI) and British Red Cross held a joint welcome card making workshop. The cards will be distributed to newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees.