At Boaz, our primary focus has always been to provide safe and secure accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and refugees. However, we cannot ignore the systemic failures that lead to individuals becoming destitute. Furthermore, we cannot ignore the growing hostility towards people seeking sanctuary, notable in the Government's New Plan for Immigration.
Seeking sanctuary is a right, not a crime. We believe that every individual deserves to have their asylum claim considered within a system that is fair and humane. Without sustained advocacy efforts and lobbying to influence political will, the UK will remain a place of hostility for the people who live in its shadows.
Opposing the Nationality and Borders Bill
We are intensifying our advocacy work in the coming weeks and months to oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill. Join us in taking action and speaking truth to power.
The Bill will make its way through the House of Commons and the House of Lords in the coming months (you can check the stage that the Bill is at here). We will be working to oppose it as it makes its passage through Parliament and will keep you updated with ways you can campaign with us at key moments.
Write to your MP
Write to your MP and ask them to oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill by voting against it. You can use this template letter if you would like guidance on what to write, though try to personalise your letter, sharing your own thoughts and experiences. You can contact your MP directly from the They Work For You website.
You can also write to your MP about the unfolding horror in Ukraine and ask that they vote for the removal of Clause 11 in the Nationality and Borders Bill when it returns to Parliament, so that people attempting to seek sanctuary in the UK - including Ukrainians - are not criminalised for doing so. You can use this template letter if you would like guidance on what to write.
We believe in the right to asylum, and we are campaigning for an asylum system that is compassionate and fair and that recognises the dignity and value of every human life. Please join us.