South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group organised/supported events


Protest to Stop Deaths in Detention Centres. Shut Down Morton Hall Saturday 28 April 2018 12pm-3pm
Shut Down Morton Hall IRC Protest
Morton Hall Immigration Detention Centre, Morton Hall Village, Swinderby, LN6 9PT
Transport from Sheffield and Barnsley. Places free but limited. Contact us at by end of Wednesday 16th to reserve a place


NHS: Free for all, unless you’re a (certain category of) migrant 

Public Meeting as part of Festival of Debate

Wed 9 May | 6:30-8:30pm | The Diamond LT2 | Free
In association with City of Sanctuary Sheffield & ASSIST

Following a rule change brought into effect last year, health professionals are now required to check patients’ immigration status before delivering secondary health care. This means anyone deemed ineligible will be refused treatment unless they’re able to pay up front. It’s part of the Government’s policy of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for people without residency status. But who are those people? What does it mean in practice? Is it workable? Is it ethical? The panel includes Sarah Salway, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sheffield.


SYMAAG Organising Meeting Tuesday 15 May at The Sanctuary, Chapel Walk Sheffield S1 2PD 6.30-8.30pm


Hostile Environment: the culture of disbelief and conscious cruelty

Public Meeting as part of Festival of Debate

Wed 16 May | 6-7pm | Central United Reform Church | Free
In association with City of Sanctuary Sheffield

The ‘culture of disbelief’ in the Home Office has devastated the lives of many seeking asylum in the UK, but does it reflect a prevailing culture throughout our society? A diverse panel will discuss the issues from a range of different perspectives, with opportunity for discussion and questions.


SYMAAG Annual General Meeting Thursday May 24 at The Sanctuary, Chapel Walk, Sheffield S1 2PD 6.30-8.30

Featuring a discussion on Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent. Based on first-hand reporting from Calais to the Mediterranean and through speaking with key European policy-makers, police and rights activists, refugees and migrants, Matt Carr offers an account of the issues at stake and the massive human costs involved in the refugee crisis.

We’ll also be reviewing our 2017-18 work, making plans for the next and discussing how you can work with us. Get involved!






Many of Sheffield’s asylum and migration-related events will be advertised on the Sheffield City of Sanctuary events page or at the Alt Sheff listings page


We can pay reasonable travel costs to our events if you need us to (just bring your ticket to the event)


The South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) unites refugee, asylum and migrant organisations with campaign groups, trade unions, charities, political parties and supporting individuals.

SYMAAG campaigns both for the rights of those seeking asylum and of those coming to work in this country.

Contact SYMAAG

email: dignitynotdetention(at)

Twitter Direct Message: @symaag