Solidarity with Refugees


Refugees Welcome Here 2016

London 17 September 2016, 12:30pm at Park Lane, March to Parliament Square


Last September, the image of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi’s body on a Turkish beach horrified the world.  100,000 of us marched in London in response to tell our government that we want to welcome refugees in the UK, and to stop the drowning.  Since then, thousands more terrified and desperate refugees, including hundreds of children, have lost their lives trying to reach safety in Europe.  

This September, world leaders will meet to discuss the refugee crisis at two crucial summits. This is the biggest opportunity of 2016 to show our government and the world that Britain is ready to welcome more refugees.

Many British people have responded to the tragedy they see unfolding on their doorstep with extraordinary displays of humanity and generosity. They’ve been moved to act after seeing many thousands trapped in camps in Greece without running water or baby formula; thousands of people drowning in the Mediterranean as refugees seek increasingly dangerous routes to safety since the closing of borders and the sea route from Turkey; the continuing misery of the camp in Calais; the injustices and inefficiencies of Britain’s own asylum system.

80% of Britons want our government to do more to help.  Polls now show that 1 in 4 of us would welcome a refugee in our own home.  We want to tell the government that we are waiting to help. The UK should be leading the way and working with other states to give refugees safe, legal routes to asylum, ending the trade in people smuggling.

Since the referendum campaign and vote, divisive rhetoric has been ever more prevalent from a small but vocal minority.  In light of this, the need to come together in a spirit of welcome has become even more acute.  Most of us are keen to welcome refugees, and we need to make it clear to everyone that this is the case.

Last year, in the week of our demonstration, the government agreed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees.  We know that public pressure can make a difference.

Join us to tell Theresa May we want the UK to DO MORE to share responsibility.  We call on our government to:

  • Do more to lead the way towards a more humane global response to the millions fleeing conflict
  • Offer safe passage to the UK for more people who have been forced to flee their homes
  • Do more to help refugees in the UK rebuild their lives here



12:30 Saturday 17th September 2016
London: Park Lane to Parliament Square


Our march will assemble on the Southbound Carriageway of Park Lane from 12:30pm and we will move off at 1:30pm

Route of the march: Click here for the March route

There will be a rally at Parliament Square following the march from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Travel information – getting there and home again

If you are using the Underground to join us, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner stations will be very busy so you may prefer to make use of Green Park, Knightsbridge, Victoria, or Paddington.

Make sure you know how you are getting home before you arrive:

Westminster Underground Station, the station closest to Parliament Square, will be very busy. Please think about using Victoria, Charing Cross, and Embankment.

(Please note- There is an Underground Line closure scheduled on the Northern Line – Archway to High Barnet and Mill Hill East.)

If you are a Coach……

Coach Drop off – Northbound carriageway at Park Lane

Coach Pick up – South end of Millbank SW1P, south of Lambeth Bridge or Albert Embankment

Please get in touch with us if you intend to bring a coach.

This Facebook group is to see if there is a coach coming from your town / city, or to advertise one you are organising

While you are there

Meet friends before entering the March and rally

Arrive in good time!

With so many people in the area, you may struggle to get mobile phone reception, so ensure you have a set meeting place in case you lose anyone.

Go with the flow of the crowd

Please don’t bring your valuables or wear expensive jewellery and don’t carry too much cash

Wear footwear you can walk comfortably in

Keep your belongings with you at all times

Drink plenty of water – bring water with you

You may prefer to use a disposable camera, rather than take an expensive camera

If you see an unattended bag or package, report it immediately to the nearest Police Officer or steward.

Follow direction given to you by Stewards or Police Officers.

If you feel you would like to volunteer to support as a steward on the day, please get in touch.

Please do be respectful of the statues, monuments and flowerbeds in Parliament Square and on the route

We ask that any stalls you might like to set up are not in Parliament Square – it’s a tight space for a large event and stalls there would cause some problems for the crowd.


Toilets on route

Click this link for toilets near where you are

There are a number of toilets in the surrounding area – these include areas

such as Trafalgar Square, St. James’s Park, Broad Sanctuary, Underground Stations – just be aware

they are not all free!

Supporting Organisations

  • Action Aid
  • Amnesty International UK
  • Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
  • Asylum Aid
  • Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)
  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • British Future
  • British Red Cross
  • Calais Action
  • Calais Resilience Collective
  • Care4Calais
  • CARE International
  • Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)
  • The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
  • The Children’s Society
  • Churches Refugee Network
  • Citizens UK
  • City of Sanctuary
  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre
  • Counterpoints Arts
  • Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
  • Doctors of the World UK
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • English Disco Lovers (EDL)
  • English PEN
  • Faiths Forum for London
  • Freedom From Torture
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Friends Without Borders
  • Global Justice Now
  • Health Poverty Action
  • Help Refugees
  • Hope Not Hate
  • The Hummingbird Project – Calais and Dunkirk Aid and Solidarity
  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Islamic Relief UK
  • Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)
  • Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)
  • Liberty
  • London City Sikhs
  • Lush
  • Making Herstory
  • Mercy Corps
  • Migrants Resource Centre
  • Migrants Rights Network
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Médecins Sans Frontières‎ (MSF) UK
  • Monitoring Group
  • The Muslim Council of Britain
  • North of England Refugee Service
  • National Union of Teachers (NUT)
  • ONE Campaign
  • Oxfam
  • People’s Assembly
  • Praxis Community Projects
  • Refugee Action
  • Refugee Council
  • The Refugee Initiative
  • Rethink Rebuild Society
  • Right to Remain
  • RS21
  • Sadaqa Day
  • Save the Children
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • The Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG)
  • Stand up to Racism
  • STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
  • Stop the War Coalition
  • Syria Solidarity Campaign
  • UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)
  • Women for Refugee Women
  • Woodcraft Folk
  • Worldwide Tribe