National Conference on Ending Asylum Destitution


Friday, 6 March 2015 – 10:30am – 4:00pm
Save the Date! Bristol 6th March 2015

ENDING ASYLUM DESTITUTION: a joint conference between local councils, asylum seekers and refugee and community organisations

Venue At-Bristol, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB

This will be the first national conference between local authorities and the refugee & voluntary sector to focus on the scandal of asylum destitution. It is being arranged to take forward the commitments made by a growing number of local councils to bring the policy of enforced destitution to an end. The conference is being sponsored by Bristol City Council and will be opened by the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

It follows the Sanctuary Summit held on 15th November 2014 in Birmingham, at which 400 representatives of national and local refugee and community organisations came together to endorse a joint 5- point declaration in support of those who seek sanctuary in UK. The March conference in Bristol will build on this momentum by focusing attention on the 4th point of the declaration – relating to the basic survival needs of asylum seekers.

The purpose of the Bristol conference is threefold:

to hear clearly and publicly the voice of those who are currently experiencing destitution,
to share the many different initiatives taking place around the country (both in the voluntary sector and by councils themselves) to alleviate the government’s policy of enforcing destitution
to take this nationwide concern to the next level by making a joint commitment both to act locally and to press MPs to work in parliament towards a change in law and policy.

Proposed Programme attached

To register please email and tell us your name, organisation (if applicable) and any dietary requirements you have.


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