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BHT’s Immigration Legal Service (ILS) is raising much needed funds to support their ongoing work with asylum seekers and refugees, which has seen a sharp increase in cases as a result of the war in Syria.
The service, which provides legal representation for those seeking asylum, operates on a not-for-profit basis and has been severely affected by cuts made to the Legal Aid budget.
The current crisis has been the main focus of the media in recent weeks, due to the sheer number of migrants leaving Syria and travelling through Europe. BHT’s Immigration Legal Service sees the people behind the headlines; devastated firstly by war, then by the separation of families.
Below is an account of a Syrian family we are currently attempting to reunite through Refugee Family Reunion provisions, cases which no longer qualify for Legal Aid:
A significant amount of work undertaken by ILS involves the representation of children who are seeking asylum and who have no familial support to rely upon. This often involves conducting work for them on a pro bono basis, which in turn puts considerable strain on the resources of the service. The initial fundraising target is a modest £5000 – however, this amount alone would ensure that a number of vulnerable individuals would be able to secure quality legal representation to help them try and secure a safe life for themselves.