7 August 2023: Response from some Status Now Network members to the British Refugee Council’s Vision
Intro: This opinion piece by some SNN members has been written quickly, soon after the British Refugee Council published its vision at the end of July 2023. We wanted to respond as immediately and impactfully as we could, to encourage further discussion within the sector as a whole. Hopefully, alongside the British Refugee Council itself, more Network members and other groups and organisations in the sector will become engaged in the discussion going forward.
A contemporary and preliminary response from some Status Now Network members to the British Refugee Council’s Vision, published in July 2023, published here with an invitation to the Refugee Council to respond. Thank you.
To some of us in the Status Now Network this British Refugee Council vision appears to abandon the principle of everyone’s basic right to claim asylum, preferring to pick and choose particular people that suits recent Government agendas. It was in the devastating wake of ‘picking and choosing’ that the 1951 convention came into existence. Now is not the time to turn away from its principles – on any level.