Here’s why economic refugees deserve our protection too

The European refugee crisis is over. That’s the impression one could get from looking at the media landscape over the past few weeks – Trump, Brexit and Taylor Swift’s new album now dominate. But whilst it might not be the centre of attention anymore, there are still hundreds of refugees arriving in Europe every day. […]

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Profile: Rosaline Ereira and the refugee crisis

Last year in September, over 100,000 people marched through the streets of London for a rally in support of refugees. The event was organised by the charity Solidarity with Refugees, which organised another march a year on this September welcoming refugees. Rosalind Ereira is the founder of Solidarity with Refugees. Her involvement with both marches […]

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University of Brighton admits first refugee scholars

The University of Brighton has announced that the first of its Global Opportunities Scholarships have been awarded to two refugees, one from Syria and the other from Palestine.  The two scholars, who will begin studying in this academic year, will benefit from a tuition fee waiver, a comprehensive mentoring programme, and financial support of up […]

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Oxford students volunteer in Calais Jungle

Over Easter, almost 50 students from a number of different colleges travelled to the migrant camp in Calais to offer personal and medical expertise, legal advice, translation skills and deliver donated supplies to refugees. The largest volunteer team, Oxford2Calais, included 8 lawyers, 14 medics and 15 translators who spoke Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. It is […]

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Britain should lead Europe, not leave it

It’s been just over a month since Prime Minister David Cameron announced the date of the European Union referendum and already, nearly three whole months in advance, it is dominating political discourse. Everything else is peripheral as the right-wing press runs wild with Europhobia. Despite this there remain spare glimpses of sober political discourse on the […]

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Syrian starvation prompts protest in Oxford

Activists gathered in Oxford last Saturday to protest against the oppression of starving civilians in Syria. Holding placards demanding ‘Syria needs food not bombs’ and other messages over twenty people were present outside the Westgate Centre in Oxford centre. The protest was in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria where according to the UN there are at least […]

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Syrian Refugees Settle in Oxford over vacation

Two families arrived at Oxford in December as part of the national Syrian resettlement program and are settling in to Oxford life. Oxford City Council is working with Asylum Welcome, an organization providing support for asylum seekers, refugees and detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire. It is expecting to settle a number more families over the […]

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Dictionaries for Refugees: OUP helping out at Calais

Oxford University Press have made their Oxford Arabic Dictionary available to refugees and aid workers for free online. The dictionary, first published in August 2014, purports to be ‘the most authoritative English–Arabic/Arabic–English dictionary ever published’, and retails at £65.The extensive work is currently fully accessible on mobile and tablet devices, as part of an effort […]

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Refugees: Why European protectionism in the face of the refugee crisis is not only morally reprehensible but economically ill-advised

Early September in Munich, hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees arrived at the central train station cheered and welcomed by Bavarians on all sides. Images showed an instant of sincerity and humanity: timidity, hope, and fear on the faces of the arriving children, women, and men. These images went around the world, they touched our hearts […]

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