Ø Many people seeking asylum in the UK are mothers fleeing war, persecution, rape and other torture.
Ø To protect themselves and their children, mothers are often forced to leave their children behind –usually they don’t know where they are going or how they will survive.
Ø Mothers may lose contact with children back home or hear of them unprotected and suffering, and can do little to prevent it.
Ø It can take many years for an asylum claim to be settled; meanwhile: children suffer the torture of being deprived of their mother’s love and care, left destitute, at risk of sexual and other violence; mothers are treated as single people and the pain of separation and of trying to be a carer long distance is invisible and unrecognised.
Ø When mothers win the right to stay, most are not automatically granted the right of family reunion. If children turn 18 while their mother’s application is being considered they lose the right to join their mother.
Right to Family Reunion
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT:
1. Everyone who wins the right to stay in the UK, no matter under which law or Convention, must have the unconditional right to family reunion.
2. Children should have the right to join their mother or father even if they turned 18 before their parents’ asylum claim was settled.
THEN PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION
We are a mothers’ campaign, so we speak
particularly of mothers,
Issued by: Mothers’ Campaign of the All African Women’s Group,
Crossroads Women’s Centre, 230a Kentish
Town Road, London NW5 2AB