Would you support a campaign to highlight (and hopefully overturn) this policy?
They must find their own initial fares there. If they are receiving support, they can then claim their return and subsequent fares, with no guarantee that they will get them.
If they have been refused and are destitute with no income, they cannot claim their fares.
The only way that destitute asylum seekers (with poor diets and probably inadequate footwear) can get to - and from - Loughborough, is by walking.
Not only is this inhumane, it is also plainly ridiculous.
It is another attempt to make life impossible for asylum seekers.
As a protest against this new requirement, and to highlight offical abuse of asylum seekers, there has been a suggestion from Nottingham Refugee Campaign Group that we walk to Loughborough in solidarity. This walk would raise as much publicity as possible.
Maybe we'd walk all the way. Maybe only as far as is possible in a certain time. Maybe some would be there at the beginning and/or end, and others would do the whole distance.
There is also a suggestion that we contact and co-operate with groups in Derby and Leicester.
Why this email:
We want your response to this idea. It will only go ahead if there is enough support for it.
Do you think it's a good idea? (yes/no and reasons)
Would you be prepared to:
walk some of the way?
walk all of the way?
help with organising/publicity/transporting people back from Loughborough afterwards?
Any comments on a good time to do it?
Any other comments?
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