Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

Asylum seekers and refugees in our community

Over the past few weeks, several hundred refugees and people seeking asylum have moved to Cumbria. PERN members and other people who already live in Cumbria are actively welcoming and supporting the newcomers. We welcome this demonstration of empathy and compassion – it is what we do and who we are. However, there is a… Continue reading Asylum seekers and refugees in our community

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Film and social on Sunday 27 March

Please come along to the Alhambra cinema in Penrith at 17.45 to watch Flee, and join PERN members in the Fell bar afterwards at 52 King St, Penrith, CA11 7AY. Based on the true story of a child refugee’s journey from Afghanistan to Denmark, Flee is described as ‘a masterful blend of animation and documentary,… Continue reading Film and social on Sunday 27 March

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Nationality and Borders Bill

This is a crucial piece of legislation and, from the very outset, hundreds of organisations, including PERN, have opposed its cruel approach to the asylum system. It would see refugees treated differently depending on how they arrive in the UK, be criminalised for entering irregularly, and potentially be flown overseas to have their asylum application… Continue reading Nationality and Borders Bill

Emma Gray

I’m the Secretary of PERN, having joined the network in 2019 as an English language host at Penrith Library. I now co-run our online English language groups. My background is in journalism, press freedom and human rights. I’ve witnessed the plight of people forced to leave their homes because of wars and persecution, and want… Continue reading Emma Gray

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