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Some hope for migrants and refugees in the time of Covid 19?

SYMAAG, represented by John Grayson, was part of an international discussion in November on the impact of the pandemic on refugees and migrants. And how activists, refugee movements and academics can best respond. You can…
Solidarity Knows No Borders

Solidarity Knows No Borders

Sheffield says Justice for Simba, Justice for Jimmy Mubenga, end the Hostile Environment. On October 11 and 12th SYMAAG was part of national days of action under the banner ‘Solidarity Knows No Borders‘. Around 100…
Yorkshire Refugees Foodbank launched

Yorkshire Refugees Foodbank launched

We are proud to be part of the launch of the Yorkshire Refugees Foodbank. Here’s a statement from YRF. We hope you will support this important initiative. Following pressure from asylum residents, refugee rights groups…
Dignity Not Detention -Morton Hall to be shut down!

Dignity Not Detention -Morton Hall to be shut down!

Today it was announced that Morton Hall immigration detention centre will be shut down. Alongside people detained there and a wide alliance of groups we have worked for 10 years to get this place closed.…
Mears Group, Urban House and Covid 19

Mears Group, Urban House and Covid 19

4 months ago, a woman at Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield asked “How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?” Another feared “coronavirus spreading in this crowded place”. We…
Charity So White

Charity So White

The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted what we’ve known for years: racism is embedded in every aspect of our society and its history. It isn’t limited to the hostile environment policy or violent racist…
Support Urban House residents

Support Urban House residents

Asylum residents at Urban House need your support. Urban House is an Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield. Like other asylum accommodation in our region it is run by Mears Group as part of a £1.15 billion contract. Before…
How Mears are putting asylum tenants in danger

How Mears are putting asylum tenants in danger

Along with asylum tenants, SYMAAG has long documented conditions in asylum housing in Yorkshire and the north east. We assumed that when Mears took over the asylum housing contract in our region from G4S in…
Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Asylum residents in Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield are living in overcrowded conditions which endanger their lives. For the past two months as Covid-19 has become a pandemic, people in Urban House hostel…
Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

We demand Mears provide free WiFi in all of their housing urgently, so that residents can contact support workers, lawyers, family in other countries, access medical information, education and entertainment. Sign the petition here The Mears…
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