Community InfoSource stands with all asylum seekers and refugees fleeing conflicts, persecution and oppression including those fleeing Ukraine.
We welcome the UK Government’s programme for Ukrainians but it does not go nearly far enough. Particularly, we must ask that if this can be done now for Ukrainians, why not for all others fleeing equally horrendous conflicts and trauma in other parts of the world?
Also, there are people displaced in Ukraine who do not have Ukrainian passports who need refuge. The UK Government must respect the UN Refugee Convention and offer safety to people of all nationalities who are forced to flee from Ukraine.
As other countries in Europe have speedily done, the UK Government should immediately waive the need for visas – there is no time to apply for a visa when you are running for your life. We urge the UK government to offer safe and legal routes for all Ukrainians and all those escaping conflicts around the world. As with the Ukrainian programme, we call on the government to give everyone seeking asylum in the UK the right to work and access to benefits and services.
Despite some welcome elements of the Ukraine programme, the UK Government is still driving its hostile anti-refugee agenda through its xenophobic ‘Nationality and Borders Bill’ currently going through parliament. This will criminalise both the asylum seekers arriving through non-formal routes (including those from Ukraine who are not eligible for a visa waiver) and those who try to help them.
We call on the public to tell the UK government to help all refugees and scrap the Nationality and Borders Bill which threatens refugee and asylum seeker rights in the UK Sign the petition We call on all MPs to vote against this immoral bill.
CIS will work hard to welcome and support Ukrainian asylum seekers and refugees to Scotland, as we do and have done for all asylum seekers and refugees for many years. We will work with the Scottish Government and others in Scotland to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all.
We invite volunteers with knowledge of Ukraine and who can speak Ukrainian or Russian to join us. We also welcome links with Ukrainian community organisations in Glasgow and wider in Scotland. Please contact us on email@example.com
In Scotland we have a proud history of protest, of raising our voices against the injustices that blight our society and speaking truth to power. Community InfoSource, along with over 60 other organisations, have signed up to the statement below opposing the UK Government's Nationality and Borders Bill.
We name the Nationality and Borders Bill for what it is: an anti-survivor law, an anti-refugee law, an anti-safety law. It is a gift to abusers and exploiters, and we have no doubt that it will harm survivors of sexual violence, gender-based violence, children and young people and those who flee persecution.
Standing by is not an option. In Scotland we can do something. In signing our names, Community InfoSource along with many representatives from across the Third Sector in Scotland stand together and oppose this Bill, and ask Members of the Scottish Parliament, and those we entrust to protect our rights.
The full statement can be downloaded below, a full list of the organisations signed up to this statement here
Not in Our Name statement