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Years of waiting in a broken asylum system

If Baroness Ludford’s Private Member’s Bill passes, the narrow rules for who qualifies for family reunion would be expanded, bringing together loved ones torn apart by war and violence when they need each other the most.

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When universities welcome students seeking sanctuary

Equal access to higher education on the basis of merit is a human right. In the UK, people seeking sanctuary are often locked out of higher education, prevented from realising their aspirations and potential.

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Locked out of accessing university

Today, thousands of A-level and SQA students across the country will find out whether they have the results they need to go to university. For people who are seeking asylum, it’s not that simple.

Refugees from 7 decades mark the 70th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention which took place on 28 July 2021 Left to right standing: Linh Vu (arrived 1979) Bharat Gheewala (arrived 1964) Paul Lorber (arrived 1968) Baraa Halabieh (arrived 2016) Darius Nasimi (arrived 1999) Abu-Zayd Abdulrahman (arrived 2004) Karim Shirin (arrived 1994) Remzije Duli (arrived 1991) Mukund Nathwani (arrived 1972) Ibrahim Dogus (arrived 1991) Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi (arrived 1999) Tom Leimdorfer (arrived 1956) Aloysius Ssali (arrived 2005) Tesfai Berhane Sebhat (arrived 1981) Left to right sitting Gillian Slovo (arrived 1964) Dr Saad Maida (arrived 2010) George Szirtes (arrived 1956) Hong Dam (arrived 1980)

70 years on: the Refugee Convention

Last week we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. It’s the only global legal mechanism for protecting refugee rights and has saved countless lives since its creation.

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Fighting for our right to education

When I arrived in the UK, I was confused about how to start my academic life – until I found the STAR website, which was the first key to my higher education.

Fifteen people stand outside smiling, they are a combination of Birkbeck students and staff from the STAR team or Birkbeck university

Join the movement: Refugee Week 2021

This year’s Refugee Week was a busy one for STAR, with STAR groups holding events up and down the country, from yoga classes and a treasure trail to a parliamentary workshop and an exhibition.

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