This Christmas time, a new Nativity video is imagining the welcome Mary and Joseph would receive if they arrived in the UK seeking asylum. As children across the country participate in their own retelling of the Christmas story, the video uses child actors to play the holy couple negotiating the harsh realities facing those seeking refuge on our shores.
New statistics have been published showing how many asylum claims the UK has received in the first half of 2016. The figures also show how many asylum seekers have been granted refugee protection and from which countries people have fled.
Britain is continuing to attempt to send asylum seekers back to other EU countries to have their claims examined, despite the chaotic conditions in Europe’s bordering nations as countries struggle to cope with the number of people arriving via the Mediterranean Sea.