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Lineup announced for our panel discussion next Saturday:

Chair: Jacob Berkson (Thousand 4 1000)
Rossel Ahmed (Sussex Syrian Community)
Medyan Dairieh (Vice News)
Ivo Kuka (Southern Cameroons National Council)
Alex Mkuva Ntung (Education 4 Diversity)
Andrew Wealls (Conservative Party)

The event is free and is at the Old Courtroom, opposite the Brighton Dome, from 4pm-6pm on Saturday 20th January.

We are still inviting questions from the public to put to the panel on anything from Calais to Syria. Maybe you want to know the panel's views on Brexit? Or whether the UK should restrict access to healthcare for migrants? Email us on info@refugeeradio.org.uk

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Have your say! We are inviting you to put your questions to the panel on topics around asylum, human rights, immigration, globalisation, Brexit and more, for our public debate in January. Email your questions to us at info@refugeeradio.org.uk

Are refugees given sanctuary in the UK or are they being forced out by a hostile environment? Are asylum seekers right to risk their lives in the Mediterranean crossing or should they stay and confront the dangers of war and human rights abuses?

“The aim is to create, here in Britain, a really hostile environment for illegal immigrants,” Theresa May announced in 2012 when, as home secretary, she was challenged on why annual net immigration, then running at about 250,000, was stubbornly above the Conservatives’ controversial “tens of thousands” target.

The UK prides itself as a safe haven for those fleeing wars and persecution, but has the “hostile environment” also entrapped refugees and asylum seekers who are here lawfully? Are the government policies working against their international duties and preventing people from rebuilding their lives?

Charities state that many face destitution and homelessness. They say they are denied access to benefits and healthcare. Over half of all asylum seekers are imprisoned in immigration detention centres. And yet the UK tabloids are full of stories of people abusing the system for a life of luxury. So what is really happening?

Back home in their country of origin there are wars, religious persecution and oppressive governments. Should people have the right to flee or should they be made to stay behind?

These issues prompted the design of this event by Refugee Radio and Hear Alkebulan to pose the question: "iRefugee: Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

The event will feature a panel of six people including those who have first-hand experience of the asylum system themselves, rather than just experts talking about them on their behalf. We aim to enable a diverse range of refugee and migrant voices to be properly heard and to enrich the debate by including the situation in their country of origin. The discussion will be led by a chairperson and we invite members of the audience to submit their questions in advance. The core theme of this event will be the experience of asylum in the UK today and we are inviting questions on a range of subjects including immigration, detention, human rights, destitution, globalisation, Brexit and more. Please email any questions to us at info@refugeeradio.org.uk

Lineup announced for our panel discussion next Saturday:

Chair: Jacob Berkson (Thousand 4 1000)
Rossel Ahmed (Sussex Syrian Community)
Medyan Dairieh (Vice News)
Ivo Kuka (Southern Cameroons National Council)
Alex Mkuva Ntung (Education 4 Diversity)
Andrew Wealls (Conservative Party)