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Relief over safe arrival of cross-channel refugees

Local refugee support organisations have expressed relief that several dozen people who last week made landfall in Hastings and Winchelsea after crossing the Channel in small boats arrived safely and without serious injury. Nick Terdre reports.

Pro refugee campaigns backed by HBC and the public

Hastings Borough Council has signed up to the Lift the Ban campaign to allow asylum-seekers to work after six months if their asylum claim is still undecided. Meanwhile the fifth annual Refugee Tales event took place this month with ample public support and the presence of several Labour councillors. Nick Terdre reports.

Local day of action against ban on asylum-seekers working

Local Lift the Ban campaigners will be participating in a nationwide day of action on Saturday to call on the government to give asylum-seekers the right to work. There will be stalls in Hastings and St Leonards during the day and an evening event, One Hastings, Many Voices, to encourage public support. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:42 Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 In: Politics Tags: Alex Kempton asylum Felicity Laurence Hastings Community of Sanctuary Lift The Ban Nick Terdre Sajid Javid Shortage Occupation List Trevor Webb

Well-attended vigil attests to town’s solidarity with Muslims

A large crowd gathered outside Hastings Mosque on Friday to show solidarity with our Muslim fellow citizens in the wake of the murderous assaults on mosques in New Zealand the week before. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 07:29 Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 In: Grassroots Tags: Hastings Community of Sanctuary Imam Sheikh Ismail Yusuf Jane Grimshaw mosque Muslims Nick Terdre Nigel Sinden Rachel Lever

Vigil to be held for victims of Christchurch attack outside Hastings Mosque on Friday

Hastings Community of Sanctuary, Hastings Supports Refugees and Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project have organised a vigil outside the mosque in St Leonards on Friday 22 March. Nick Terdre reports.

Hastings woman recognised for work with refugees

Hastings resident Rossana Leal’s work with refugees has been recognised with an award from UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and Migrants Organise at the WOW Festival in London. Alex Kempton, media and communications lead for Hastings Community of Sanctuary, reports from the event. Photos by Beth Crosland.

Posted 10:57 Monday, Mar 18, 2019 In: Hastings People Tags: Alex Kempton Hastings Community of Sanctuary Jude Kelly Laura Padoan Refugee Buddy Project Rossana Leal Samira Ahmed UNICEF WOW Festival

EAL service for school-age refugees reprieved

Following a change of mind by maintained secondary schools, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) service provided to schools by East Sussex County Council has been saved – at least for a year. The news has been widely welcomed, as Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 20:18 Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: asylum-seekers Bob Standley Dave Brinson ESCC Felicity Laurence Hastings Community of Sanctuary Hugh Hennebry Jay Kramer Nick Terdre

Dismay as ESCC proposes to close English language service for school-age refugees

East Sussex County Council’s move to close the English as an Additional Language service, a vital resource for school-age refugees, has provoked widespread concern among refugee families and support groups. While possible alternative ways of providing the service are being explored, they are calling on the community to respond to the consultation on the issue, which remains open until Sunday 3 February. Nick Terdre reports.

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