Bath for Europe is supporting Bath Welcomes Refugees and a coalition of organisations under Together With Refugees, to draw attention to the Nationality and Borders Bill currently going through parliament. The Bill focuses on asylum seekers and will enshrine in law this government’s right to distinguish between people according to their means of arrival in the UK, rather than their reason for coming. People arriving by ‘irregular’ routes such as in small boats across the Channel and in lorries will have less protection and security, and it will be harder than ever for people to come here to seek safety. The Bill also includes powers to expel asylum seekers ‘offshore’, as has been tried disastrously in Australia.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that the Government’s proposals to reform the asylum system as set out in the Bill would undermine established international refugee protection rules and practices and would break international law.
The ‘Show Your Heart’ action will send a loud and clear message to the government that the public want the UK to offer protection to people forced to flee their homes, in line with international law – and reject the cruel approach of the Bill.
How you can support the campaign
1. Join the socially-distanced demonstration in Bath on 20th October with your home-made poster with the Together with Refugees orange heart logo and your message. If you are in London that day you can join the Welcome Refugees 2021 rally outside Parliament. Please wear a mask and keep socially distanced from others by 2 metres. Even though we will be outside, we want to ensure that everyone attending is safe.
2. Write to your MP to express your concerns about the bill, here is a link to the template letter. Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, along with our local BANES Council, stand in solidarity with the campaign, but there are MPs in other constituencies in the region and more widely who could be persuaded.
3. Use social media to spread the word – you might wish to display your poster in a window, or show your solidarity in another way. Whatever you decide to do, please take a photo for social media and tag your local MP and @togetherwith @bathrefugees, or send a photo through to firstname.lastname@example.org so the team can include it in our social media campaign. If using Twitter, remember to use the hashtags #TogetherWithRefugees and #WhoWeAre. If you are interested in volunteering for Bath Welcomes Refugees or supporting their work, see their website or contact email@example.com.