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What is a refugee? The definition of ‘refugee’ explained

What is the definition of a “refugee”?

A refugee is someone who, due to a well-founded fear of persecution, war or violence, has been forced to flee their home country.

The legal definition of the term refugee was set out in the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees.

It was a few years after the Second World War. Nazi Germany had killed nine million people in the Holocaust, including six million Jews, and displaced millions more.

The world’s leaders wanted to ensure that protection for those displaced by war and persecution in internation law.

The convention set out the definition of the term ‘refugee’ as follows:

Owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to it.
– The 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees

There are a few ideas going on here, so let’s break it down, bit by bit.

  1. “…well-founded fear”:
    This means that a refugee has solid grounds to their fear. They are facing real danger.
  2. “…of being persecuted…”:
    A refugee fears being oppression, hostility and violence so bad that it forces them to leave their country.
  3. “…reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion…”
    These are known as the ‘Convention reasons’. They break down the reasons why – under the Refugee Convention – a refugee is forced to flee.They were, of course, written in 1951, and today these reasons may seem too stringent. There is no mention of people who are forced to flee a country based on their sexuality. But times are changing – albeit slowly. The UK, for example, finally accepted that sexuality may be a reason to grant asylum in 2010.
  4. “…is outside the country of his nationality…”:
    Technically, someone who fits every stipulation but is still in their home country is called an ‘internally displaced person’, rather than a refugee.
  5. “…is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to [their country].”
    As a result of all of the above, this person is unable or unwilling to return home.

To be recognised as a refugee under the Refugee Convention, an asylum seeker would have to show that the above conditions apply to them.

1951 UN Refugee Convention signing

World leaders sign the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Picture: UNHCR

Today, we often see people ask why refugees don’t settle in the first safe country they reach (N.B. most of them do). However, the Refugee Convention does not stipulate that refugees have to do this. Refugees are well within their rights to pass through safe countries before applying for asylum.

You can read about the history of the Refugee Convention and its full text on the UNHCR website.

What about ‘refugee status’?

Refugee status is a form of protection granted to those who successfully pass through Refugee Status Determination (RSD). RSD is the legal process by which governments ascertain whether an asylum seeker can be considered a refugee.

Refugee Status Determination, or RSD, is the legal or administrative process by which governments or UNHCR determine whether a person seeking international protection is considered a refugee under international, regional or national law. RSD is often a vital process in helping refugees realize their rights under international law.

It’s worth considering the difference between someone who is a de facto refugee, in that they’ve been forced to flee their home country for fear of persecution or violence, and someone who has refugee status, which is a legal status endowed upon them by a government.


Help Refugees supports refugees, asylum seekers and migrants across their whole journey. We’ve supported almost 1 million people in four years, thanks to the incredible hard work of 30,000 volunteers and wonderfully generous donors. Please consider setting up a small monthly donation of £3 to help us continue supporting displaced people across the globe.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join Help Refugees as our new Campaigns Manager

Help Refugees is seeking a Campaigns Manager to join our London team.

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience working for one of the fastest growing charities in the UK. You’ll work alongside a small but dynamic, hard-working team, and have the chance to make a real, tangible impact to the lives of thousands of refugees and displaced people all over the world.

ABOUT YOU

You choose love. 

You are motivated by a love of humanity that knows no borders.

You are a maker. 

You spot opportunities for impact and make things happen. You are comfortable working on scrappy passion projects and longer-term strategic interventions. A good day is when you’ve made something.

You are a creative communicator. 

You know the world is changed by stories and you want to be at the heart of telling them. You can communicate complex ideas with clarity, powerful stories with passion and understand the role of visuals.

You are strategic.

You keep your eyes on the prize and can deliver strategies and products with impact. You’re motivated by the lasting impact of your work.

You are a team player. 

You work best when part of a small, collaborative team. You are happy to muck in when needed and the words ‘not my job’ have never crossed your lips.

You are entrepreneurial. 

You think beyond the limits of your current role. You take risks, celebrate failure and never stop generating ideas.

ABOUT HELP REFUGEES 

We are pioneering a new movement in charity that provides emergency aid and long term solutions where they are most needed.

Our model is simple. We go where the need is greatest, find the local organisations doing the most effective work, and give them what they need to help people – whether that’s funding, material aid or volunteers.

We work to fill the gaps in services available to refugees, across Europe and the Middle East. We aim to respond to emergencies with aid and support, and to secure permanent change through long-term solutions, campaigning and advocacy. Our work is motivated by four key values – dignity, hope, respect and humanity – which we promote through all of our work.

With this model, we’ve managed to support almost 1 million people across over 100 projects in 13 countries. In the last four years, we’ve had more than 30,000 volunteers from over 90 countries.

Our ‘Choose Love’ brand has been worn by Oprah, Julia Roberts and Jude Law, and thousands more across the world. Our ‘buy nothing, pop-up’ stores in London and New York have raised £2.75 million and gained headlines in New York Times, The Guardian and been featured on CNN. Our founders have addressed audiences including Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

ABOUT THE ROLE 

The Campaigns Manager is a new role focused on building the profile, resources and support for Help Refugees to expand their impact.

Essential Requirements 

  • Track record in devising and delivering high-impact campaigns across platforms that made significant impact towards their goal
  • Strong portfolio of communication products or interventions that grabbed headlines or clicks
  • Track record in developing and maintaining strong relationships with a range of key influencers and actors in your field (media, advocacy, communications, campaigns)
  • Confident and sophisticated communicator with strong writing skills

The Big Pluses 

  • Experience in a start-up, growth business or a dynamic not-for-profit environment
  • Experience working in the field of humanitarian aid, refugee or migration

THE DEAL 

The role will be managed by the CEO.

The role is currently based out of the Help Refugees office in London Fields, hopefully moving to Soho in London. Remote working will not be considered.

The role may involve some travel.

The role will be offered as permanent role with a six-month probation period. We anticipate the starting date to be no later than end of September 2019.

Salary is inline with other non-governmental organisations.

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 11th August. 

Additional Application Instructions

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy for your CV using the ‘Apply to this job’ button below. Application deadline: 9am, Monday 11th August.

HELP REFUGEES CAMPAIGNS MANAGER: APPLY HERE


We are committed to providing equality and fairness for all and not discriminating on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, mental health, religion or age. We encourage and celebrate the different qualities that our colleagues, and others we work with, bring to our work. We believe that seeing things from a wide range of different perspectives helps us to resolve problems, adapt our approaches and develop as an organisation. We want to bring greater diversity to our team and we’re keen to receive applications from people who believe they would do this.

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European Refugee Crisis: The truth

We often see figures on the far right referring to the “European refugee crisis”, or the “European migrant crisis”, in an attempt to stoke the fires of intolerance for political gain. 

They point to the influx of over a million refugees and migrants across Europe in 2015, suggesting that the West is facing an “invasion” or a “swarm”, and using that to justify sweeping immigration bans and hostile environments.

But the reality is very different. In 2019, only 9.6% of the world’s refugees live in Europe – and almost half of those live in Germany. That doesn’t sound like a “European refugee crisis” – it sounds like something that the wealthiest nations in the world can manage.

But for all the hysterical media coverage and fear-mongering slogans, the West is still a long way from supporting its fair share of refugees and displaced people.

Refugee statistics by Amnesty

Graphic courtesy of Amnesty International; figures sourced from the UNHCR.

When we started Help Refugees, we were often asked why so many refugees come to Europe – but the reality is that the overwhelming majority of refugees live in the nations neighbouring their home country.

Turkey, for example – which shares a border with Syria – is home to over 3.4 million refugees. Likewise, Jordan hosts 2.9 million – in a country of only 9 million people. That’s almost a third of the population.

The UK, on the other hand, is currently home to just 126,720 refugees. That’s only 0.48% of the world’s total – and only 1.8% of the population. Compare that to Jordan’s 32%, and suddenly the phrase “European refugee crisis” seems a bit silly.

Meanwhile, the European Union pays off Turkey and Libya to get them to stop the flow of refugees – leaving millions of people in extremely insecure environments, even putting people at risk of detention and human trafficking.

The EU-Turkey Deal has left millions of Syrians in limbo in Turkey, where it’s nearly impossible to find work as a refugee – but where they conveniently cause no headaches for Europe’s leaders. Likewise, in funding the coastguard and preventing people from leaving Libya, the EU is indirectly putting people at risk of modern slavery and trafficking.

Eviction in Dunkirk Grand Synthe

Refugees in Calais and Dunkirk live in dire conditions. With neither the UK nor the French government wanting to take responsibility, civil society organisations step in to fill the gap. Photo: HRO

That’s not to say that there’s not serious issues facing displaced people once they arrive in Europe, too. The best estimates suggest that around 10,000 unaccompanied minors have gone missing on the continent.

In Greece, there are almost 80,000 refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom live in the worst camps on the continent. The asylum system is overloaded and hundreds of unaccompanied minors have to sleep on the streets.

In Northern France, hundreds of people are forced to live on the streets and in the forests, blocked by hostile bureaucracies and anti-immigrant sentiment across the country, desperately trying to find safety in the UK.

We can do better than this – we have to.


If you want to help, you can set up a monthly donation to Help Refugees. Even just a few quid a month can make a difference. We’re still mostly funded by individuals like you, so your generosity would be hugely appreciated.

If you can’t afford to donate, fear not – there are still lots of ways you can get involved. Check out this article on 9 ways you can help refugees without spending any money.

Finally, you can sign up to our newsletter below to receive the latest refugee news and learn about how you can help.

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9 ways to help refugees without donating money

‘What can I do to help refugees?’ It’s a question we’re often asked. Because helping isn’t just about donating money. There are a huge number of ways you can help refugees – all without putting your hand in your pocket. Here are just a few. And if you’ve got a great suggestion to add to this list, please do get in touch.

 

If you’ve got five minutes or less…

 

  • Take action to help refugees from your laptop

Sometimes busy schedules or a lack of free time mean we need quick and easy ways to help. Luckily, there are a wide range of quick online actions you can take to support refugees.

 

If you’ve got a few hours to spare…

 

  • Volunteer in the UK to help refugees

There are many ways to help locally. You could volunteer with Help Refugees doing festival salvage – ensuring useful items left behind at UK festivals go to people who really need them. You could get in touch if you have specific skills (like filmmaking, animation, web design – to name a few) to see if we could put them to use. You could sign up to our mailing list – you’ll get regular updates about ways to get involved. Find out more about how to get involved in volunteering in the UK.

  • Find out how to welcome refugees to your community

Community Sponsorship enables local volunteer groups to resettle a refugee family in their neighbourhood. It’s a big commitment, but an incredible way to welcome refugees into your community. Whether it’s made up of your neighbours, friends or colleagues, if your group has got the time, commitment and can raise the necessary funds – you could transform the lives of a refugee family.  Find out more about community sponsorship.

If you’ve got a day…

 

  • Donate items to help refugees

Have you got some warm clothes or tinned food to donate? Maybe you have a whole van full? We need your help! Across the UK are donation drop-off points for these kinds of items. Check our website to see what’s currently needed, then get collecting!

  • Join campaigns and advocate for refugees

Once refugees get to the UK, often their journey is only just beginning. People face huge challenges in rebuilding their lives – and there are a wide range of campaigns trying to change policy and improve this.

You could join the campaign to lift the ban on working for people seeking refugee status – a policy that’s currently causing suffering and destitution.

You could campaign to end indefinite detention in the UK – an brutal system that means asylum seekers and the surivors of torture and trafficking can be held in detention without a time limit in the UK.

Help Refugees volunteers salvaging at Glastonbury

Help Refugees volunteers salvaging at Glastonbury

If you’ve got a week or more…

 

  • Volunteer internationally to help refugees

Help Refugees works in collaboration with indiGO Volunteers to connect you with more than 50 grassroots projects responding to the refugee crisis in Greece, Bosnia and Serbia. If you’re interested in volunteering, indiGO will match up your skills and availability with projects in need of help. Volunteers at these incredible groups are running community centres, providing medical care, delivering education projects, providing legal advice and so much more. Find out how to get involved in international volunteering.

  • Welcome refugees to your community

Community Sponsorship enables local volunteer groups to resettle a refugee family in their neighbourhood. It’s a big commitment, but an incredible way to welcome refugees into your community. Whether it’s made up of your neighbours, friends or colleagues, if your group has got the time, commitment and can raise the necessary funds – you could transform the lives of a refugee family.  Find out more about community sponsorship

  • Get your university to offer scholarships or bursaries to refugees

Education is a key element of fostering inclusion, boosting employment and enabling people to rebuild their lives. But entering or continuing higher education is a huge challenge for refugees. Worldwide, just 1% of refugee youth make it to university.

In the UK, you can join the campaign for equal access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers. Many universities already offer home fees, tuition fee waivers, bursaries and scholarships. Make sure you uni does too. There’s a toolkit to get started from Student Action for Refugees.

  • Share your home with a refugee

Many single refugees who are not viewed as priorities for housing by local authorities – but finding the money for rent and a deposit is out of reach for many people. Because of this, refugees may homelessness and destitution. We can help prevent this. Schemes like Refugees at Home and Room for Refugees connect people with spare rooms in the UK, with refugees and asylum seekers in need of accommodation.

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803 evictions of refugees in Northern France since August: a new report

A new report by Help Refugees, L’Auberge des Migrants, Human Rights Observers and Refugee Info Bus reveals that there were at least 803 forced evictions of displaced people in Calais and Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, between 1 August 2018 and 1 June 2019, creating abject living conditions and forcing people to seek even more dangerous routes to reach the UK.

These evictions take place on a daily basis in Calais, in which displaced people are forced out of their living sites, subjected to police violence and, if they’re not present, the destruction of their belongings. They affect all displaced people in Calais, including unaccompanied children as young as 10 years old. The relentless and repetitive nature of the evictions appear to deliberately exhaust the communities.

Forced Evictions in Calais & Grand-Synthe report

Download the report

Forced evictions only serve to add to the accumulated trauma of refugees and migrants, creating further hostility rather than offer a dignified solution. This has led to a deterioration of both the physical and mental health of those affected.

This report proves the current policy focused on preventing any ‘fixation points’ of migrant communities to be a failure. Indeed, despite 803 evictions between August 2018 and June 2019, there are still over 1,000 displaced people present in the area, of which 255 are unaccompanied minors and 277 are people in family units.

You can read the full report here.

Our collective of associations coming together to witness, analyse, document, report and denounce such human rights breaches shows that the abuses of our governments is not in the name of their citizens.

Hundreds of police officers conducting degrading, inhumane, expensive and wholly ineffective actions is not a solution to the migrant crisis at our border. The vast sums of British citizen’s money assured by the UK government for ‘securitisation’ of the border could be more effectively used to provide dignified accommodation, access to legal asylum channels, uniting children with their families and providing safe travel and homes for lost, missing and unaccompanied children currently forced to sleep out on the streets by a potent mix of our government’s choice of inaction and intentional hostility to refugees – people in need of our help.

Download and read the full report:

Along with our partners, Help Refugees runs the largest aid operation in Northern France. If you would like to support our work, please consider donating today.

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Jo Cox’s sister writes open letter to British MPs: #SaveIdlib #onemillionkids

On the third anniversary of Jo Cox’s death, her sister Kim Leadbeater is asking senior political figures across the UK to take a break from Brexit to focus on one of the issues that mattered most to her: the humanitarian emergency in Syria.

One million children are currently trapped in Idlib province, facing Russian and regime airstrikes and horrific barrel bombs. Over 350 civilians have been killed in the last six weeks alone. The silence from British politicians is deafening.

The letter is co-signed by Alison McGovern MP and Tom Tugendhat MP. Jo Cox campaigned passionately for the protection of civilians caught in the conflict, and we want to honour her by putting aside our differences over Brexit for one day to focus on our shared humanity. You can read the full letter at the bottom of this page.

Write to your MP with our simple template – it takes 30 seconds. #onemillionkids #SaveIdlib

What you can do:

Write to your MP and demand that they do everything they can to protect those trapped in Idlib. You can use our template – it only takes 30 seconds.

On Sunday 16th June 2019, we’re asking leaders and leadership candidates to take a break from Brexit and tell us what they plan to do to protect the estimated one million children trapped in Idlib.

The UK is an incredibly powerful country with a seat at the UN Security Council. But the inaction on Syria is costing the lives of the most vulnerable. That’s why we want the head of every political party, or aspiring leader, to answer one straightforward question: if you are Prime Minister what will you do to save the million children trapped under bombs in Idlib?

If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #onemillionkids and ask party leaders and candidates what their plan is to resolve the crisis and protect these children.

We’re also asking Sunday newspapers to find prominent space for more coverage of the conflict on this day, and broadcasters to feature the story on the morning news shows.

Despite our preoccupation with Brexit, the UK remains a compassionate country which understands that the indiscriminate targeting of children is wrong.

This day is an opportunity for politicians on all sides to demonstrate their commitment to our shared humanity and the principles that Jo Cox lived for.


If you can spare 30 seconds, please consider using our template to write to your MP and ask them to #SaveIdlib. All you have to do is put your address & details in. Kim Leadbeater #SaveIdlib LetterKim Leadbeater #SaveIdlib Letter

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Join our call to protect one million children in Idlib #SaveIdlib

On the third anniversary of Jo Cox’s death, we’re asking senior political figures across the UK to take a break from Brexit to focus on one of the issues that mattered most to her: the humanitarian emergency in Syria.

One million children are currently trapped in Idlib province, facing Russian and regime airstrikes and horrific barrel bombs. Over 350 civilians have been killed in the last six weeks alone. The silence from British politicians is deafening.

Jo Cox campaigned passionately for the protection of civilians caught in the conflict, and we want to honour her by putting aside our differences over Brexit for one day to focus on our shared humanity.

What you can do:

Write to your MP and demand that they do everything they can to protect those trapped in Idlib. You can use our template – it only takes 30 seconds.

On Sunday 16th June 2019, we’re asking leaders and leadership candidates to take a break from Brexit and tell us what they plan to do to protect the estimated one million children trapped in Idlib.

The UK is an incredibly powerful country with a seat at the UN Security Council. But the inaction on Syria is costing the lives of the most vulnerable. That’s why we want the head of every political party, or aspiring leader, to answer one straightforward question: if you are Prime Minister what will you do to save the million children trapped under bombs in Idlib?

If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #onemillionkids and ask party leaders and candidates what their plan is to resolve the crisis and protect these children.

We’re also asking Sunday newspapers to find prominent space for more coverage of the conflict on this day, and broadcasters to feature the story on the morning news shows.

Despite our preoccupation with Brexit, the UK remains a compassionate country which understands that the indiscriminate targeting of children is wrong.

This day is an opportunity for politicians on all sides to demonstrate their commitment to our shared humanity and the principles that Jo Cox lived for.


If you can spare 30 seconds, please consider using our template to write to your MP and ask them to #SaveIdlib. All you have to do is put your address & details in. 

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Join the demo and demand a legal route to safety for child refugees

Join us on the 18th June near Parliament to call on our Government to resettle at least 10,000 child refugees from Europe and conflict regions over the next 10 years.

Councils across the country have already pledged places for 1,170 child refugees if the government commits to resettle 10,000 children. As part of Refugee Week, this demo will celebrate the 1,170 places pledged and call on the Government to begin filling these places by opening a new legal resettlement route.

 

Safe Passage and Help Refugees child refugees demo

We’ll be joined by Lord Alf Dubs and Safe Passage

Current routes to safety in the UK for children are due to close in 2020. But today, there are more child refugees in Europe than at any point since World War Two. Many are sleeping rough on the streets, whilst others have their lives on hold waiting in refugee camps. They’re vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and risking their lives in order to reach safety.

Without a new resettlement commitment there will be no legal route to Britain for those seeking sanctuary and no hope for these children.

80 years after the Kindertransport saved 10,000 child refugees from Nazi Europe in a matter of months, together we can show that the UK still has the capacity to welcome refugee children.

Join Lord Dubs, recently arrived refugees and Council leaders to demand that our Government lives up to the legacy of the Kindertransport.

If Britain could help 10,000 child refugees 80 years ago, we can do the same today. It’s #OurTurn


Timings

1.15: Arrive near Parliament (see below)

1.45: Speeches from Lord Alf Dubs, Council Leaders and recently arrived refugees

2.45: Event closes

Location

Exact location TBC – sign up to receive updates in advance of the demo

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Help Refugees: open call for Northern France funding applications

Help Refugees is announcing the Northern France Fund: an open call for grant applications for aid organisations working in Calais and Dunkirk.

Since our work began in Calais in 2015 we’ve seen the situation in France change drastically.

Given the changing needs of the communities we support and organisational changes to our partners in Calais, we are adapting the way we work in Northern France. More information about those changes can be found here.

As a result, we are opening a call for project proposals from organisations supporting refugees and displaced people in Northern France.

Our priorities for funding in Northern France are:

  • The provision of material aid (essential and dignity centric clothing distribution, tents, sleeping bags, shoes etc)
  • Firewood distribution
  • Psychosocial support, legal advocacy, child protection and safeguarding support to unaccompanied minors
  • Psychosocial support and material aid for women and families
  • Monitoring, data collection and analysis of human rights violations

We are accepting calls from:

  • Existing organisations that are operating from the Calais warehouse
  • All other organisations delivering work in this sector, specifically to meet the needs of displaced communities in Northern France
  • Groups of individuals wishing to form associations or groups to meet these needs. This is a change to put forward plans and activities for growth
  • Existing partner organisations of Help Refugees who are currently not working in Northern France who wish to set up operations to meet need in Calais or Grande-Synthe

The focus of our funding for projects in Northern France will be to support homeless displaced people and applications supporting this vulnerable group will be our priority. Applications that are supporting people in full time accommodation may not be considered for this grant on that basis.

Full details:
Northern France Fund Information Pack (PDF, 87kb)

How to apply:

Northern France Fund Proposal Form (PDF, 72kb)

Please download and fill out the above form, then send it to us via email at projects@helprefugees.org with the title ‘Northern France Fund Application’.

The deadline is Friday 7​th ​ June (Midnight BST).

Help Refugees annonce le Northern France Fund : un appel à candidatures ouvert pour demandes de subventions pour les organisations humanitaires qui opèrent à Calais et Dunkerque.

Notre travail a commencé ici, à Calais, en 2015, et a évolué au cours des quatre dernières années afin d’être adaptatif à un environnement en changement constant, en offrant des services humanitaires essentiels à des milliers de personnes déplacées. Prenant en considération les besoins changeants des communautés que l’on supporte, et des changements organisationnels au sein de nos partenaires opérationnel, nous changeons notre modèle de travail afin qu’il s’adapte au contexte actuel. Plus d’information sur ces changements peut être trouvé ici.

Par conséquent, nous offrons un appel ouvert aux organisations qui soutiennent les réfugiés et les personnes déplacées dans le Nord de la France.

Nos priorités globales en matière de subvention dans le Nord de la France sont:

  • La provision d’aide matérielle (distribution de vêtements essentiels qui offrent la dignité, de tentes, de sacs de couchage, de souliers, etc.)
  • Distribution de bois de chauffage
  • Soutien psychosocial, aide légale, protection des enfants et des mineurs non-accompagnés
  • Soutien psychosocial et aide matérielle pour les femmes et les familles
  • Surveillance, collection de données et analyse des violations des droits de l’homme

Nous acceptons les applications:

  • D’organisations existantes qui opèrent à partir de l’entrepôt de Calais
  • De toute autres organisations qui travaillent dans le secteur, particulièrement dans le but de rencontrer les besoins des communautés déplacées dans le Nord de la France
  • De groupes d’individus désirant à former une association ou un groupe pour répondre à ces besoins
  • Des partenaires existants de Help Refugees qui n’opèrent pas présentement dans le Nord de la France qui souhaitent mettre en place des opérations pour rencontrer les besoins à Calais ou Grande-Synthe

Le focus de notre subvention pour les projets dans le Nord de la France sera de soutenir les personnes déplacées sans-abris, et les applications visant à soutenir ce groupe vulnérable auront priorité. Par ce fait, des applications qui visent à soutenir des gens ayant accès à un logement à temps plein pourraient ne pas être considérées pour cette subvention.

Plus de détails sur le Northern France Fund:

FR Northern France Fund Information Pack

FR Northern France Fund Application Form

Comment postuler:

Veuillez télécharger et remplir ce formulaire, puis envoyer un e-mail à projects@helprefugees.org avec l’objet “Application pour le Northern France Fund”.

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Update on Help Refugees’ Northern France operations

Since our work began in Calais in 2015 we’ve seen the situation in France change drastically.

After the dismantling of ‘The Jungle’, we’ve continued to help displaced people across the region and currently still support over 1000 men, women, children and families across Calais and Dunkirk. Without ’The Jungle’ camp making headlines, the situation here is less visible, but for the people living here is in many ways worse.

 

What we’re doing now

We currently work in partnership with, and financially support, seven incredible organisations in Calais who work out of a shared warehouse space in Calais

This grassroots collective provide everything from hot food, clothes, tents, firewood, child protection services, legal information, wifi, phone charging, specialist provision for women and children and education projects.

 

How this will change

We want to be as reactive as possible to the changing realities facing the displaced communities we support in Calais and want always to be open to improving our operations – to see change as a positive step in the direction of helping people in a better more effective way.

Our warehouse has been a hub of humanity that has seen tens of thousands of people volunteering and choosing love – an enormous feat of civil society. But this a movement that is bigger than any space and we remain committed to supporting all displaced people in Northern France.

As long as the rights of refugees and migrants are being let down and ignored by the British and French governments, we will be here. Volunteers, grassroots groups, people who care: are all essential parts of our plan for our continued work here.

Instead of a central warehouse space, we want to encourage pro-migration, pro-refugee civil society groups to continue to grow and meet the needs of the refugee populations here in a dynamic way. We aim to continue the essential work we currently do by financially supporting and facilitating partner associations, grassroots start-ups, groups of friends who want to help – any who want to be on the right side of history and could use our help in being there.

For that reason, we have announced the Northern France Fund, opening a call for funding applications from organisations supporting refugees and displaced people in Calais and Dunkirk.

More information: Northern France Fund details.

Help Refugees est résolu à aider les personnes déplacées dans le Nord de la France. Notre travail a commencé ici, à Calais, en 2015, et a évolué au cours des quatre dernières années afin d’être adaptatif à un environnement en changement constant, en offrant des services humanitaires essentiels à des milliers de personnes déplacées.

Prenant en considération les besoins changeants des communautés que l’on supporte, et des changements organisationnels au sein de nos partenaires opérationnel, nous visons à changer notre modèle de travail afin qu’il s’adapte au contexte actuel.

Help Refugees travaille présentement en partenariat avec sept organisations oeuvrant dans un entrepôt dans le Nord de la France, en plus de les appuyer financièrement. À partir de cet entrepôt, nous fournissons présentement, avec nos partenaires, des services à plus de 1000 personnes déplacées habitant entre Calais et Grande-Synthe. Ces services incluent de l’aide matérielle (produits non alimentaires), des repas chauds, du bois de chauffage, des services de protection de l’enfance, de l’information juridique, du wifi, des services de recharge pour téléphones, des services de spécialistes pour les femmes et enfants et des projets d’éducation.

L’obtention de ressources financières, le soutien des ressources humaines et la coordination de plusieurs groupes partenaires constituent nos plus grandes forces.

Ailleurs en Europe et au Moyen-Orient, nous travaillons comme bailleurs de fonds et facilitateurs pour des organisations locales. Nous reconnaissons que le contexte est différent dans le Nord de la France et nous avons réfléchi à l’espace que nous occupons présentement et à comment nous pourrions créer de l’espace pour d’autres organisations.

En août 2019, le bail actuel pour l’entrepôt partagé se termine. Help Refugees ne cherchera pas à s’établir dans un autre espace partagé. Nous chercherons à transférer certains des rôles que nous tenons dans l’espace actuel, tel que la distribution des produits non-alimentaires et du bois de chauffage.

Par conséquent, nous avons annoncé le Northern France Fund, un appel à candidatures ouvert pour demandes de subventions pour les organisations qui soutiennent les réfugiés et personnes déplacées à Calais et Dunkerque. Vous pouvez obtenir plus d’information à propos du Northern France Fund, incluant comment appliquer, en cliquant ici.

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