IMG_8155How we provided support during a key debate on asylum and immigration


Having previously worked with the Refugee Council on two separate occasions, we worked with them again during a period of significant organisational restructure; providing parliamentary support and advice at a time when refugee and asylum issues came to prominence in the wider political and public consciousness.

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Our approach

With the client also facing additional policy pressures due to the unprecedented scale of the Syrian refugee crisis and the associated crisis in the Mediterranean, we worked within the Advocacy and Influencing team to successfully lobby for the creation of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme, and then pushing for an expansion of the scheme once it had been established.

Our work included, for example, co-ordinating cross-party letters to the Prime Minister from MPs and Peers; lobbying key MPs and Peers to secure debates and ask relevant questions in Parliament; planning and implementing engagement with Ministers and Shadow Ministers, and drafting briefings for supporters to use when lobbying their MPs and/or parliamentary candidates.


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Results

Given the re-structure that the client was undertaking, our flexibility was particularly appreciated, with our support increasing and decreasing dependent upon the needs and requirements of the team. For example, we significantly increased our work with the client in the lead-up to the General Election in line with the increased workload of the Advocacy and Influencing team, given the need to ensure that refugee and asylum issues received due attention in the election campaign.