Globally, there have been different responses to emergency humanitarian crises and the impact this has had on refugees and asylum seekers has not been equally or equitably supported.
As our response to these emergencies has progressed, organisations across the North West and Greater Manchester have come together in support and solidarity of those who have been forced to resettle. We recognise and understand that our response to these emergency events has also differed. This has been a result of learning and responding as the events progress, and reflecting on how to respond more efficiently and to better support those of us arriving or supporting Afghanistan and Ukrainian citizens.
Whist we have been able to coordinate support on a much more immediate scale with our Ukrainian arrivals, a changing landscape has been an ongoing challenge, particularly where local authorities at times limited communication, resulting in duplicated actions and/or at a slower pace than we would have liked.
We aim to utilise the learning from our actions and response to inform a template action plan to support those of us seeking refuge and healing more effectively and equitably, as well as campaign for governmental and structural change to prevent unequal responses towards those seeking protection and in future resettlement.
We recognise this learning will be ongoing, and this template plan will need to be adapted to support those of us seeking refuge and asylum and the specific needs.
We welcome support, advice, and feedback from all.
Manchester City of Sanctuary
MCR Women’s Aid / Pankhurst Trust
Manchester Refugee Support Network
We Stand Together