Friday, February 26, 2016

Safe Routes Save Lives!

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The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Join us to call on the UK to save lives by providing safe routes to protection for refugees!

Don’t let them drown!

Last year 3,772 people drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach safety and over 400 have died already in 2016. It is almost impossible for refugees to get to Europe legally. Refugees in Europe are stuck at borders in the freezing cold waiting for protection, families are separated and 10,000 children have gone missing.

Since 2011 only 8,931 of the 4.7 million Syrian refugee worldwide have come to the UK. In September 2015 the UK committed to resettle 20,000 Syrians over the next 4 years. This was an important first step towards a comprehensive and effective response to a global refugee crisis, but it is only a first step, and there is so much more than we can, and must, do.

We are calling on the UK to ensure routes to safety for refugees and save lives by:

  • Allowing refugees to safely and legally join family members in the UK
  • Providing sanctuary to our fair share of refugees arriving in Europe
  • Significantly increasing the number of resettlement places available to refugees
  • Helping ensure there are adequate search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean

Find out what’s happening near you!

There are loads of great campaign events going on up and down the UK from talks and debates to sleepouts, stalls, music events and more. Find out what is happening near you and get involved! Download the full programme here (see end of article for image)

Join us and call for safe routes to save lives:

  • Sign our petition – we’re going to take it to Downing Street along with 3,772 paper boats, one for every person that drowned in the Mediterranean last year
  • Join our social media Thunderclap
  • Make a paper boat and tweet about it with #SafeRoutesSaveLives and tag @STARnational

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Posted by STAR team on 26/02/2016 at 06:00 PM