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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Asylum speakers: is the UK doing enough?

Asylum speakers: is the UK doing enough?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

Jaz O’Hara’s first visit to the Calais ‘Jungle’ – a refugee camp on the English border – kickstarted a campaign that reached 13 million people and filled warehouses across the country with donations. In the eight years since, Jaz has worked tirelessly across Europe and the Middle East to tell the stories from refugee camps that too often go unheard. Jaz’s new book ‘Asylum Speakers’ brings together those voices in a collection of essays that go far beyond borders, nationalities, religions and, languages.

In this ThinkIn, we uncover the truths of the refugee experience, from the difficult choice to flee their homeland to what happens when they arrive in their new home and the perilous journeys along the way. 

How easy is it to build a new life in a foreign country? What kind of welcome do immigrants receive and how much is their day-to-day experience impacted by political rhetoric? What else can we do as a country, and a society, to help build a more welcoming home for people fleeing war and persecution? 

For this ThinkIn, Jaz is joined by special guests who will share their remarkable and inspiring stories of adversity, courage and ultimately, hope. 

editor and invited experts

Roh Yakobi
Guest editor

Jaz O’Hara
Human rights activist