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Campaigning

The main focus of our current awareness-raising is about the Nationality and Borders Bill which the UK government introduced in 2021.  These activities are part of the national campaign Together with Refugees. Locally, we are campaigning to let people in our community know why we oppose the Bill. We try to raise these issues in our local media, and we are also in open dialogue with our local MP Neil Hudson about the Bill.


More generally, we are aware that Cumbria is the only county in the north-west without Section 95 accommodation, which means that asylum seekers cannot be housed in our county. Refugees who have settled here tell us that Cumbria is a great place to live and work. We believe that there is a case for Cumbria to welcome asylum seekers as well as refugees. 

Cumbria has shown that it is a place of welcome and support, and we reason that:

  • outward-looking communities thrive and are successful as they are better able to grasp new opportunities, grow their economy and create local employment,
  • a community that is diverse is open to innovation and change,
  • Cumbria needs adults of working age in its job market, and
  • Cumbria is a welcoming place and committed to humanitarian compassion.