About Us

 

SOLIDaRiTY – NOT CHARITY.
EVERY PERSON HAS DIGNITY,
NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!

OUR PURPOSE

Haringey Welcome is a local grassroots group acting as part of a nationwide movement to replace national Hostile Environment policies with a fair and inclusive immigration system that embodies the values of justice, equality, dignity and antiracism.

We exist to enact hopefulness and to demonstrate that positive change, kinder systems, and more inclusive societies/communities are not only possible but also essential.

OUR VISION

All residents, including migrants and refugees, benefit from Haringey becoming a Welcome Borough. All residents:

  • live freely and at ease, without fear of oppressive systems and agencies, in a cohesive and supported community;
  • receive equal access to good-quality education, employment, housing and healthcare;Haringey is a welcoming borough, an empowered space, full of life and community action, and has no tolerance for racism and discrimination, with a low crime rate, meaningful work, equality, and a good standard of living for all. All residents contribute and benefit from a safe community, flourishing and supportive to all.

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OUR MISSION

We will end the hostile environment though collaboration, ongoing strategic campaigning and by building authentic connections from the grassroots. We can only achieve our vision together as part of a wider movement.

We are part of a growing interconnected and intersectional movement that includes the struggles for migrant justice, climate justice, disability justice, equality, international class solidarity, and to end all forms of border violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny.

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OUR MOVEMENT’S COLLECTIVE DEMANDS

01

WE DEMAND DIGNITY

  • We demand an immediate end to the Hostile Environment policies and practices
  • We demand an end to the asylum dispersal and destitution policy
  • We demand an end to all charging in the National Health Service and reverting to a principle of equal access to all, as well as an end to NHS data sharing practices

02

WE DEMAND JUSTICE

  • We demand guaranteed access to free and good quality legal advice and representation
  • We demand a guaranteed right to appeal, and an end to out-of-country appeals
  • We demand an independent judicial inquiry into the institutional, structural and policy failures of the government departments that deal with immigration matters, especially the institutional racism of the Home Office

03

WE DEMAND WELCOME

  • We demand a national inclusion strategy based on the needs of migrants, their communities of arrival and on the principles of welcome, solidarity and anti-racism. This strategy should be sufficiently resourced to support the integral structured inclusion of everybody in society with dignity and respect
  • We demand an independent media oversight, including a regulatory body with the ability to act against fake news and hate speech towards migrants, refugees and BAME communities
  • We demand the expansion and extension of government resettlement programmes

04

WE DEMAND ACTION

As signatories of the FIRM Charter, we commit ourselves to the following principles and methods of working:

    • We shall contribute to and facilitate bottom-up campaigns that are principled, ambitious in scope, and successful in outcome
    • We shall ensure that the movement is created, led and directed by migrant and black and minority ethnic communities and representative bodies
    • We shall create an inclusive movement that works with individuals and groups on an equal basis, and builds towards greater understanding, respect and unity of purpose

History

HW began in 2015 when a small group of Haringey residents got together to act in response to the lack of engagement on a local level with the crisis impacting refugees from Syria. Our first campaign achieved a commitment from Haringey Council in November 2016 to resettle ten Syrian families in Haringey.

During this first campaign, we became increasingly aware of the discrimination and hardship many migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees already in Britain were facing due to government legislation that became known as the ‘Hostile Environment’.

A serendipitous reconnection between HW coordinator Lucy Nabijou and Migrants Organise CEO Zrinka Bralo led to a partnership between our two organisations to build a project resisting the Hostile Environment as it manifested locally in Haringey, and instead, promoting the idea of Welcome as a radical and inclusive model for society.

The concept of Welcome means that we want to live in a community that treats all its residents, and particularly those most marginalised, with dignity and respect, and seeks to be as inclusive as possible.

Ours is a strategic campaign group focused on the ultimate aim of achieving this goal of Welcome. To do so, we work intersectionally across sectors and networks, engaging in creative collaborations with different groups and individuals on a micro-local level as well as more widely. We aim to create space for marginalised voices and experiences to be heard, acknowledged and included, and we lobby for policy change on a local and national level that is informed by these voices and experiences.

Ultimately, society can and must be transformed to become more equal, caring, sustainable and inclusive.

WE ARE THE MOVEMENT

 We stand together with:

Solidairty knows no borders
migranst organise
haringey migrant support center
living under one sun
legal aliens theatre
Haringay community action network

Haringey Migrant Justice Coalition

Haringey Anti-Raids
https://www.patientsnotpassports.co.uk/
polish migrants   organise for change
Haringey Anti-Raids
Sisters Uncut<br />
Taking direct action for domestic violence services.