Moseley is a well-established village community within the City of Birmingham, U.K. The village is a lively centre of creativity and is home to an amazing mix of people.
Moseley Forum works to improve the area for the benefit of the whole community and covers 9,000 households
All residents of Moseley are automatically members of the Forum. If you are interested in improving Moseley for the benefit of the community, then come to a public meeting or to one of ourwhich are open to the public. To see the Objectives of the Forum click on the link.
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Committee Meeting - 24th November 2015
Agenda for November 2015's Committee Meeting is attached below.
Approved minutes to follow once approved at next meeting.
There will be no Committee meeting taking place in December 2015 owing to the Christmas festivities. We will reconvene at the Moseley Exchange on Tuesday 26th January 2016 at 7:30pm.
October's Open Committee Meeting took place at 7:30pm at The Moseley Exchange. Highlights of the agenda were a briefing on the local Bus User's Group and an update on the Ward Boundary review. The full agenda and approved minutes of the meeting can be viewed below. All Moseley residents and business owners are very welcome to attend.
Birmingham City of Sanctuary presented at our Open Committee Meeting on 29th September 2015. The Committee unanimously agreed to support the aims of City of Sanctuary, the first secular community organisation in Birmingham to do so. Below are the facts, information and statistics presented by representatives during the meeting. More information can be found at https://birmingham.cityofsanctuary.org
City of Sanctuary is a movement of ordinary people who are seeking to create a culture of welcome for people arriving in our city displaced by persecution, war or poverty.
We talk about creating a place where:
• Community groups, local government, media, business, schools and colleges have a shared commitment to offering sanctuary, so that it is seen as part of the city’s identity by local people.
• People seeking sanctuary can easily build relationships with local people as neighbours, friends and colleagues. Through these relationships, local people come to understand the injustices refugees face, and become motivated to support and defend them.
• The skills and cultures of people seeking sanctuary are valued, where they are included in local communities and able to contribute to the life of the city.
So our mission is to raise awareness about:
• The reasons and circumstances that drive people to leave their homes
• The difficulties that asylum seekers face with the decision making process
• The daily living challenges that they face before and after a positive decision
• The desperation for those that are refused who cannot return to their country
More positively to talk about the contribution that newcomers make and to help people in the host community see how they can make a difference.
Asylum Seekers in the UK
There are 21,000 asylum seekers waiting for a decision
Each quarter there are about 6,000 new asylum applications
This compares to 2003 when there were about 22,000 each quarter – so the numbers are much lower now because of work to make entry more difficult.
Of those applying for asylum 41% are successful on initial decision. This varies from country to country and over time. For example, looking at recent decisions we can see that:
33% of Afghani applicants were given leave to remain
33% of Eritrean applicants were given leave to remain
89% of Syrian applicants were given leave to remain
Not surprisingly the majority of people refused appeal
32% of those who appeal are successful making 60% successful overall.
Asylum seekers waiting for a decision on their application are given accommodation and a small cash allowance if they have no means of support. Currently about 27,000 are supported in dispersed accommodation (in metropolitan areas around the country). This includes people waiting for a decision and people waiting for an appeal.
Of these just 1,266 are placed in Birmingham.
Over the last 12 months the biggest numbers of people claiming asylum in the UK have come from these countries:
Sri Lanka 1292
Asylum seekers usually have to enter the country “clandestine” and then claim asylum. If they say at the border “I wish to claim asylum” they will be told you must claim in the first safe country you come to and refused entry.(this is the Dublin Convention and so most coming by land or sea would claim asylum in Greece). We have seen in recent months that this approach is not very satisfactory……the EU cannot agree on a way of sharing responsibility…
As soon as a person claims asylum they are not illegal and are given temporary admission whilst we consider their claim under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.
The proposal called the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme is quite separate to all that is described above. The UNHCR are identifying vulnerable displaced people in camps close to Syria ( Jordan and Lebanon) and they are being brought to safety.
As you are probably aware the government has committed to resettling 4,000 people each year over the next 5 years and Birmingham City Council has agreed to take 50 people.
Stories about welcome
• A member of a church in Birmingham saw asylum seekers hanging about on the streets – they were living in a hostel waiting to be dispersed and the facilities were very limited. She invited them to the church for tea and later they prepared food so that now every week 100 people come to a meal together.
• A guy was in a Saturday football team but they often had difficulty raising 11 men on a Saturday. He met some Africans playing football in the park and invited them to come the next Saturday. A couple did and became important members of the team while others come occasionally.
• A man wanted to donate an old bike for someone without transport. He ended up working with 2 asylum seekers renovating old bikes for use as gifts by asylum seekers and others. They got a small grant from a local charity to help with the cost of parts so they really can give them away.
What have we achieved
• So far 3 primary schools have been awarded City of Sanctuary status with at least one more on the way.
• The City Council has endorsed our objective and we are already talking to them about ways in which they may help, for example, libraries offer a good opportunity both to educate communities but also to seek out and welcome newcomers.
• The Evening Mail has signed up as supporters and we will be meeting the editor shortly to explore how we can work together.
• Other organisations have already signed up in principal and we will be talking to them about how they can help.