Our Mission

At GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) we offer support to those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire, welcoming them when they arrive, advocating for them in their daily struggles, supporting them if they face being sent back as well as helping them adjust to their long term future if they are recognised as refugees.

Contact Information

Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS)
The Trust Centre
Falkner St

Telephone: 01452 550528
General enquiries: info@garas.org.uk
Administrative enquiries: admin@garas.org.uk

Adele Owen

Campaign brewing

November 21, 2014

A bit like buses, we are quiet for a while and then we have a head of steam and produce another blog.

This is a little unusual because normally we do not discuss individual cases for obvious reasons, however we have been asked to on this occasion by the person himself.

There is an EU agreement called the Dublin Convention which simply put states that those people will be returned to the first country within the EU in which asylum was first sought. This is regularly used and we quite often see people returned to other parts of the EU.

But what happens if that in itself, is not safe? It is now recognised that it is not safe to be returned to Greece due to their human rights abuses of asylum seekers.

What if a country has no system to protect these most vulnerable individuals? What happens if you have been beaten up by the same people and hospitalised each time? What happens you are continuously threatened and your life is in danger? What happens if you are so familiar and well known by a particular group within a country there is no possibility of

You fled your home country due to the very real dangers there and in so doing find yourself out of the frying pan into the fire?

Given the very real evidence of the danger does it not seem reasonable then to find a way to by pass the Convention and just pay attention to the asylum claim which still needs to be examined..

And then, maybe this man can find the peace and security he so desperately needs.