Portsmouth City of Sanctuary (PCoS)
PCoS is a grassroots humanitarian charity (CIO), primarily assisting Portsmouth’s migrant community with direct action. The PCoS volunteer team aims to compassionately uphold the dignity and independence of all individuals it supports, regardless of status, and strives to do so with respect and welcoming warmth for everyone. If you would like to support our work, donate, or are a migrant in need of support please email us at –
The UK will send people seeking sanctuary to Rwanda: our PCoS statement
Last week the Prime Minister made an announcement that we hoped would never happen.
For months there have been rumours off “offshore” processing centres in far flung places. This would mean sanctuary seekers arriving in the UK being transported to a camp in another country whilst asylum claims were processed. This kills hope, a basic human need, and is fundamentally un-British in its callousness. Its an idle, neglectful, madly expensive, and probably illegal so-called solution. Finding innovative ways to speed up and fix our failed and inhumane immigration system in the UK (totally undermining evil traffickers in the process) is a good thing, but the principle and practice of outsourcing the management of unwanted people, of any creed, colour, country, age, gender, or sexual orientation, utterly lacks compassion and dignity.
These fears have become a reality – and they’re worse than we thought.
Anyone now arriving in the UK without official permission, may be transported to Rwanda. Rwandan authorities would then process asylum applications and, if people have a valid claim for asylum and are therefore eligible for refugee protection, they will have to stay in Rwanda.
Her Majesty’s Government says that people will not be able to return to the UK, even if their asylum claim is successful.
These will include Afghan interpreters who worked for the British Army but missed an evacuation flight, family members trying to reunite with loved ones, and so many others fleeing persecution – flown away, with no way back.
Offshore processing camps are catastrophic in human and financial terms. Australia’s system has been rightly condemned by the UN Commission for Human Rights, and the UK’s scheme will cost around £1.44 billion per year.
Some claim that this will stop people risking their lives by crossing the Channel in small boats, but the only decent way you stop people getting into them is to offer safe alternative ways to travel, and to crack down on trafficking in other ways.
We have to fight this. Make sure your MP is aware of your profound concerns, and call on them now to vote against the Nationality and Borders Bill when it returns to the Commons on Wednesday.
Read the article on Borders Bill #TogetherWithRefugees – Time to Mobilise
HAMPSHIRE HIGH SHERIFF AWARD Winners
Portsmouth City of Sanctuary are delighted to announce that we have won the Hampshire High Sheriff Award for our work in the city with refugees and asylum seekers. The award was collected by two of our Trustees Denise Callender and David Handley as well as Patience Mutunami our VAWG Project lead. We would like to thank all staff, volunteers and supporting organisations who go above and beyond to make Portsmouth a safe and welcoming place for everyone.
Read more about the High Sheriff Award here – https://www.hiwcf.org.uk/hampshire-high-sheriff-awards-recognise-those-going-beyond-the-call-of-duty/
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
Portsmouth City of Sanctuary will engage key stakeholders, and the local authority to coordinate a response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Please keep checking our website for further details, or email us.
Please click on link for City of Sanctuary Response.
Government “Homes for Ukraine” Scheme further details can be found by clicking the link below.
Our Annual Report:
We are very pleased to publish our first annual report. We would like to thank all our volunteers, funders, donors, supporters and clients who access our services and projects.
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