10 episodes

In migrant justice work there are No Small Victories (Kamila Shamsie). Lucy Nabijou from Haringey Welcome talks to guests surviving and resisting the UK’s Hostile Environment immigration policy and explores what a kinder and more hopeful society could look like.

No Small Victories: Community Tales of Resistance Haringey Welcome

    • Society & Culture

In migrant justice work there are No Small Victories (Kamila Shamsie). Lucy Nabijou from Haringey Welcome talks to guests surviving and resisting the UK’s Hostile Environment immigration policy and explores what a kinder and more hopeful society could look like.

    No Small Victories: Sharif Barko

    No Small Victories: Sharif Barko

    In this episode, we remember the remarkable but tragic life of Sharif Barko, long term resident of Haringey, friend and supporter of Haringey Welcome, and a Sudanese refugee from Darfur’s Massaleit community, who was tragically killed on a family visit to Darfur in January 2021. Through Sharif’s story we explore the wider context of conflict and genocide in Darfur and Sudan over the past two decades, and Britain’s failure of responsibility towards Sudanese migrants and refugees.
    Find out more about Sharif, Darfur, Sudan, and the UK’s broken asylum system by following the links below. To learn more about Haringey Welcome’s work please visit our website at https://haringeywelcome.org/ or follow us on Twitter @HaringeyWelcome. You can also drop us an email at refugeeswelcomeharingey@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!
     
    Sharif Barko
    Sharif Barko 1961-2021
    https://vjgrove.wixsite.com/sharifbarko 
    Sharif Barko HMDT educational resource
    https://www.hmd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Sharif-Barkos-life-story.pdf
     
    Organisations
    Waging Peace
    https://wagingpeace.info/
     
    Articles
    Sudanese refugees face deportation from UK as government fails to set up safe and legal routes
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sudan-war-refugees-uk-small-boats-b2326453.html
    Sudan is at risk of unravelling from decades of injustice 
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/sudan-unravelling-from-decades-injustice
      
    Reports and briefings
    Genocide: all over again in Darfur? APPG Sudan report April 2023
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cI2LmXRdwBdWR8OtZIN9Jnws8gXI0U5c/view
    JCWI ‘Illegal Migration” Bill 2023 Briefing
    https://www.jcwi.org.uk/illegal-migration-bill-2023-briefing
     
    Music
    Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan’s Red Sea Coast
    By noori & His Dorpa Band
    https://ostinatorecords.bandcamp.com/album/beja-power-electric-soul-brass-from-sudans-red-sea-coast
    Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan
    By Abu Obaida Hassan
    https://ostinatorecords.bandcamp.com/album/abu-obaida-hassan-his-tambour-the-shaigiya-sound-of-sudan
     
     

    • 55 min
    No Small Victories: Mavis

    No Small Victories: Mavis

    Lucy speaks to Mavis, a single mum, author, campaigner, and migrant, about coming to the UK from Jamaica as a teenager and living for decades with insecure immigration status, navigating rules and systems such as ‘no recourse to public funds’ and the ‘ten-year route’. Mavis explains how she eventually found her power and her voice and the courage to speak up in order to help and educate others.
     Find out more about UK immigration policy, campaigns, and organisations mentioned in the conversation by following the links below. To learn more about Haringey Welcome’s work please visit our website at https://haringeywelcome.org/ or follow us on Twitter @HaringeyWelcome. You can also drop us an email at refugeeswelcomeharingey@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!
     
    Links
    How Hostile Immigration Policies Affect Mothers and their Access to Support
    https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/2023/04/21/how-hostile-immigration-policies-affect-mothers-and-their-access-to-support/
     
    Policies and research
    Inclusion of migrants with irregular status
    https://web.archive.org/web/20181019094407/http://citiesofmigration.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Building-Inclusive-Cities_APRIL30_Final.pdf
     Report: experiences on the 10-year route to settlement
    https://www.praxis.org.uk/briefings/experiences-on-the-10-year-route-to-settlement
     Locked out of a livelihood: the case for reforming ‘no recourse to public funds.
    https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/locked-out-of-a-livelihood
     The ‘devastating’ impact of the 10-year process
    https://www.ippr.org/news-and-media/press-releases/revealed-the-devastating-impact-of-10-year-process-endured-by-thousands-on-course-to-settle-in-uk
     
    Campaigns
     Abolish Reporting Campaign
    https://www.migrantsorganise.org/our-campaigns/abolish-reporting/
    Regularise
    https://regularise.org/


    Services and support
    Domestic Abuse/Violence Support
    https://www.haringey.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/public-health/domestic-violence-and-abuse-and-violence-against-women-and-girls/advice-and-support/organisations-offering-support

    Cardinal Hume Centre
    https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/
    Association of Christians in Counselling
    https://www.acc-uk.org/
    Haringey Migrant Support Centre
    https://haringeymsc.org/
    Project 17
    https://www.project17.org.uk/
     Praxis
    https://www.praxis.org.uk/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    No Small Victories: Mulugeta

    No Small Victories: Mulugeta

    Lucy speaks to Mulugeta, Resettlement Support Worker at Haringey Council,
    about his experience of growing up in war-torn Eritrea, of travelling for two years in search of sanctuary, and finally of enduring the challenges of the UK’s hostile asylum system. Mulugeta shares his love of education and commitment to community development, which have allowed him to find growth and purpose since settling in the UK.

    Find out more about human rights in Eritrea, and the UK’s asylum system by following the links below. To learn more about Haringey Welcome’s work please visit our website at https://haringeywelcome.org/ or follow us on Twitter @HaringeyWelcome. You can also drop us an email at refugeeswelcomeharingey@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

    Amnesty Eritrea country report 2022
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/location/africa/east-africa-the-horn-and-great-
    lakes/eritrea/report-eritrea/

    The Hostile Environment explained
    https://www.jcwi.org.uk/the-hostile-environment-explained

    What would a safe, accessible, effective asylum system look like?
    https://www.jcwi.org.uk/what-would-a-safe-accessible-effective-asylum-system-look-like%20 

    • 54 min
    No Small Victories: Abdulrahman Bdiwi

    No Small Victories: Abdulrahman Bdiwi

    Lucy speaks to Abdulrahman Bdiwi, Lived Experience Involvement Officer at Breaking Barriers, about his experience of starting a new life in Britain after coming here via the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. In a remarkably honest and revealing conversation, Abdulrahman describes the many challenges he and his family have lived through and how he has set about successfully building a new life.

    You can find out more about the organisations Abdulrahman mentions by following the links below. To learn more about Haringey Welcome’s work please visit our website at https://haringeywelcome.org/ or follow us on Twitter @HaringeyWelcome. You can also drop us an email at refugeeswelcomeharingey@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

    Organisations mentioned by Abdulrahman
    Breaking Barriers
    https://breaking-barriers.co.uk/
    Safe Passage
    https://www.safepassage.org.uk/
    British Red Cross
    https://www.redcross.org.uk/
    Citizens UK
    https://www.citizensuk.org/
    Voices Network
    https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/how-we-support-refugees/voices-network

    Further information
    Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) for Syrian refugees (now closed)
    https://www.unhcr.org/uk/news/latest/2021/3/6059f1fd4/the-uks-syria-resettlement-progamme-looking-back-and-ahead.ht
    The Hostile Environment explained
    https://www.jcwi.org.uk/the-hostile-environment-explained
    Right to Remain toolkit
    https://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/
    Refugee resettlement facts
    https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/information/refugee-asylum-facts/refugee-resettlement-facts/
    ‘What Would a safe, accessible, effective asylum system look like?’
    https://www.jcwi.org.uk/what-would-a-safe-accessible-effective-asylum-system-look-like
    Amnesty International Syria report 2022
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/location/middle-east-and-north-africa/syria/report-syria/

    • 1 hr 30 min
    No Small Victories: Matt Lunn

    No Small Victories: Matt Lunn

    Lucy speaks to Revd Matt Lunn, Minister at Muswell Hill Methodist Church, about how, together with Rabbi David Mason of Muswell Hill Synagogue, he set up Muswell Hill Welcomes, a support initiative for asylum seekers and refugees in the area.

    Follow the links below to find out more about Muswell Hill Methodist Church and Muswell Hill Welcomes. To learn more about Haringey Welcome’s work please visit our website: https://haringeywelcome.org/
    Or follow us on Twitter @HaringeyWelcome.
    You can also drop us an email at refugeeswelcomeharingey@gmail.com.
    We’d love to  hear from you!

    Muswell Hill Methodist Church
    https://mhmc.org.uk/
    Muswell Hill Welcomes Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/muswellhillwelcomes

    • 34 min
    No Small Victories: Dr Latefa Guemar

    No Small Victories: Dr Latefa Guemar

    Lucy speaks to Dr Latefa Guemar about her personal and professional experience of the UK’s asylum and immigration system. They discuss Latefa’s forthcoming book, Algerian Women and Diasporic Experience (September 2023).
     You can find out about the UK’s complex asylum and immigration system and other topics mentioned by Latefa by following the links below. To learn more about Haringey Welcome, please visit our website at https://haringeywelcome.org/ or follow us on twitter @HaringeyWelcome. You can also drop us an email at refugeeswelcomeharingey@gmail.com We’d love to hear from you!


     Dr Latefa Guemar
    https://www.uel.ac.uk/about-uel/staff/dr-latefa-guemar 
     Soleiman Adel Guemar
    https://palewellpress.co.uk/Author-Adel%20Guemar.html
     The Hostile Environment explained
    https://www.jcwi.org.uk/the-hostile-environment-explained 
     1951 Refugee Convention
    https://www.unhcr.org/uk/1951-refugee-convention.html
     Arrest of Algerian journalist 24 December 2022
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/16/daughter-of-algerian-journalist-ihsane-el-kadi-arrested-on-christmas-eve-calls-for-his-release


    Policies mentioned
    Rwanda plan
    https://freemovement.org.uk/the-rwanda-refugee-deal-is-a-distraction-from-the-real-issues-in-the-asylum-system/
    No Recourse to Public Funds
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/our-work/our-campaigns/policy-campaigns/no-recourse-to-public-funds/
    NHS Healthy Start
    https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
     
    Useful links for migrants and refugees
    Haringey Migrant Support Centre
    https://haringeymsc.org/
    Migrants Organise
    https://www.migrantsorganise.org/
    Right to Remain toolkit
    https://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/
    London Renters Union
    https://londonrentersunion.org/demands/
    Women for Refugee Women
    https://www.refugeewomen.co.uk/
    Asylum Justice
    https://www.asylumjustice.org.uk/
    Swansea Asylum Seekers Support
    https://sass.wales/
    Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
    https://www.lrmn.org.uk/ 


    Articles on resettlement and asylum
    ‘What Would a safe, accessible, effective asylum system look like?’
    ‘Scheme bringing lone child refugees to safety in UK ends’
    ‘UK government urged to honour pledge to Afghan refugees’ families’

    • 47 min

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