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Khako returned home!

Khako returned home!

Khako an Iraqi Kurdish refugee fled Iraq in 2015 looking for a new life and opportunities.  Kahko travelled to the UK.  Unfortunately Khako did not find the life he was looking for,he became homeless and ended his journey in a mental health hospital in Newcastle. The Federation of Iraq (FIR) was contacted by Khako’sparents in 2016 they were concerned about their son who had disappeared.  When ... Read More »

FIR Development worker assists 2 clients experiencing mental health issues

FIR Development worker assists 2 clients experiencing mental health issues

Client H The Federation was contacted from Iraq by Client H’s wife in 2016.  She informed the Federation that her husband was being held at a mental health hospital in Ealing.  He had been there for several years and she was experiencing great problems keeping in touch with him and was becoming increasingly worried about her husband.  She explained that ... Read More »

Become a British citizen

Become a British citizen

Become a British citizen Check if you can apply If your spouse is a British citizen How to apply Where to send your application After you’ve applied Citizenship ceremonies After your citizenship ceremony 1. Check if you can apply There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called ‘naturalisation’. You can apply for British citizenship ... Read More »

Claim asylum in the UK

Claim asylum in the UK

Claim asylum in the UK Overview Eligibility Documents you must provide Register your asylum claim After your screening Asylum interview Get a decision Help you can get If you’re under 18 1- Overview You must apply for asylum if you want to stay in the UK as a refugee. To be eligible you must have left your country and be unable to go ... Read More »

Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK

Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK

Overview What you need to do Giving notice at your local register office Documents to take to the register office Foreign nationals Religious ceremonies Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies 1. Overview You can get married or form a civil partnership in the UK if you’re: 16 or over free to marry or form a civil partnership (single, divorced or widowed) ... Read More »

What is Family Reunion and what are we calling for?

What is Family Reunion and what are we calling for?

Dear Colleague, You may know that the Refugee Council, together with partner organisations, Amnesty International UK, British Red Cross, Oxfam UK, UNHCR UK, is campaigning for the immigration rules to be changed to make it easier for refugee families to reunite. With help from our supporters, we have been able to work with Angus MacNeil MP to introduce a Bill ... Read More »

FIR found lost person

FIR found lost person

Client P family seeking lost son – A man who was blinded in a car bomb in Kirkuk travelled to Turkey seeking medical assistance to help him see again.  Unfortunately the people he paid to help him abandoned him and he died of cold.  The Turkish authorities found him dead.  FIR found his family and returned his body to Kurdistan for burial. Quote ... Read More »

Assisting clients to remain in the UK

Assisting clients to remain in the UK

Client L – converted to Christianity whilst living in the UK, was under threat of deportation. FIR organised a petition and led a campaign to help him remain in the UK. Quote from L “Thank you so much, if I was returned to Iraq I would definitely have been murdered by Islamists.”  Client E – “Many thanks for all your hard ... Read More »