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Resettlement schemes: How do they compare to the asylum process?

10 June 2022

The Women and Equalities Committee is to hold the fifth evidence session of its inquiry into Equality and the UK asylum process. This session will look at resettlement schemes, in particular those put in place for refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, and the UK’s efforts to help Ukrainians.

The Committee will compare and contrast the resettlement and asylum processes, speaking with legal and policy experts to understand the key differences. MPs will also examine resettlement in the context of the Government's New Plan for Immigration and Nationality and Borders Act 2022

During the session, the Committee will also hear from witnesses with lived experiences of fleeing war and persecution in their home countries, and consider best practice in welcoming refugees and people seeking asylum from an equalities perspective.

Witnesses

Wednesday 15 June in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 2.30pm

  • Esther Baleh, a resettled Syrian refugee and member of Refugee Council’s Refugee Advisory Group
  • Zahra Shaheer, a single mother who was evacuated from Afghanistan with her children in August 2021
  • Andy Hewett, Head of Advocacy, Refugee Council
  • Jennifer Blair, Barrister at No5 Chambers and co-founder of the Ukraine Advice Project UK

Further information

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