In an age of growing intolerance, we commit to act in solidarity across all sectors of the community to be a ‘city of sanctuary’ and promote Oxford’s respectful, compassionate and welcoming response to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
We will ensure that Oxford is a welcoming place of safety.We will uphold legal rights to asylum and safety, calling on the government to create a fairer asylum system.
We will help asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to understand their rights.Through information and advice, we will empower asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to understand UK laws and systems and exercise their rights. We will focus on addressing insecure immigration status; the impact of persecution, torture and trauma; discrimination and harassment; domestic violence; poverty; exploitation; family reunion, and the safeguarding of children and young people especially those separated from their families.
We will provide opportunities to develop and share talents.This will include supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to learn English, to resume interrupted education, training, employment and entrepreneurship and to enable children to thrive at school. We also commit to promoting two-way skill-sharing between local people and newcomers.
We oppose immigration detention.We pledge to learn from the memory of Campsfield House Detention Centre and to call for an end to immigration detention.
We believe in equal access to essential services.Regardless of immigration status, nationality or length of time spent in the city all residents should be able to access voluntary and statutory services for confidential help. to meet their basic needs for healthcare, housing and income.
We will listen to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.We will support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to make their voices heard, with interpretation if needed, will support the development of refugee-led community networks and activities, and we will listen.
We will build bridges between the rich cultural life of Oxford and the rich cultural backgrounds of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.We will aim to provide information about life in Oxford, will encourage understanding among the local public and provide opportunities to mutually share skills. We will provide psycho-therapeutic services that address barriers to inclusion. We will safeguard young refugees so that they grow up free from fear, at ease in more than one culture.
We call on the UK government to champion human rights. We ask the government to improve its response to international refugee crises and their root causes.
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