It was a truly outrageous government decision. Last month, the Refugee Council and other charities providing integration services to refugees received a letter from a team residing within the Home Office. It announced that all the refugee integration services we fund via an EU grant program would be cut immediately in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
This contradicts all the assurances the institutions responsible received from the government that the funding would be honored. If enacted, the damage done to the lives of very vulnerable people up and down the country would be incalculable.
At the Refugee Council, the institutions have used the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (Amif) to deliver high impact services aimed at preventing homelessness, destitution, penury, isolation, rootlessness, unemployment and mental distress. These are common dangers faced by refugees, even when they've been given a new life in the UK. Immediately after this announcement funds started coming in and donations from all over the world are being offered to the refugee centers. Also In just a few days, over 23,000 people have written to the chancellor calling on him to undo this disgraceful U-turn, including Dame Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, and Joanna Lumley.
Even if the efforts don’t retract the fundings retreat the donations will cut in and save the day but the government needs to understand that cutting off funds would not be a good move or even a humane move, to be frank. The world is in danger and we should help the ones we can is what I want to say.
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