Refugee charities and organisations you can support from the UK

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The refugee crisis is becoming worse – here’s how you can support people fleeing their homes during this difficult time and beyond.

Amid the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people across the world are still being forced to flee their homes under dangerous conditions. Yesterday, we saw the reality of this situation laid bare – 27 people died crossing the English Channel, including a pregnant woman and three children. 

Living in the UK, it’s easy to forget about the unimaginable situations being endured by refugees and migrants across the continent on a daily basis – to focus on the struggles we’re currently facing. But as we look away, the refugee crisis is growing worse; according to Home Office data, the number of people crossing the channel in small boats has risen over the past three years. 

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With all of this going on, it’s easy to feel helpless to do anything to help those affected by the refugee crisis. But thanks to the tireless work of charities and organisations supporting and advocating for refugees across Europe and the rest of the world, there are things we can do to help.

Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of refugee charities and organisations that you can support.

  • Women For Refugee Women

    Women For Refugee Women support refugee and asylum-seeking women in the UK, empowering them to speak out about their experiences seeking safety in this country and advocate for change.

    They also publish research on the experiences of refugee women in the UK in order to make the case for a fairer asylum process.

  • Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN)

    The Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) supports young refugees and asylum seekers who arrive in the UK to live safe, successful and independent lives. Alongside advocating for young people to receive the best support and services upon their arrival, KRAN also provide education and independent living skills to support young people to progress and build a new life.

  • The UN Refugee Agency

    The UN Refugee Agency is a leading organisation which provides assistance for refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people across the world and helps them to rebuild their lives in their new home.

  • The Refugee Council

    The Refugee Council was founded in 1951 in response to the UN Convention for Refugees, which was created after World War II to ensure refugees were able to find safety in over countries. Today, they support the thousands of refugees who arrive in the UK each year, providing crisis advice, practical support and helping them to integrate into their new communities.

  • Indigo Volunteers

    Indigo Volunteers is a coordination team based in Greece who are working with grassroots organisations to support refugees across Greece, Serbia, Bosnia, France, Turkey and Lebanon. Their work helps to fill the gaps in basic aid in the camps, helping to provide integral services such as mobile medical support and running community centres.

  • Choose Love

    Choose Love is a charity dedicated to getting funds to people who need them as soon as possible. What started as a hashtag in 2015 is now an organisation which provides vital aid including food, search and rescue boats and long-term accommodation. They do this by supporting local organisations on the ground to ensure people who are in urgent need get help quickly and efficiently.

  • Safe Passage

    Safe Passage is an organisation which campaigns for child refugees to have access to legal routes to safety. They also provide legal support and help child refugees to be reunited with their family once they reach the UK.

    Alongside donating money, you can also help Safe Passage by campaigning with them or volunteering your time to support their work on the ground. 

  • Refugee Action

    Refugee Action is a registered charity working to support refugees and asylum-seekers who arrive in the UK to build safe, happy and productive lives. Alongside providing expert advice and guidance to those navigating the UK’s asylum system, they also campaign for change to the UK’s asylum process to ensure every person who comes to the UK seeking safety is given a chance at a new life. 

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.