Refugees are not burdens, they are assets. The pandemic is our chance to reset Britain’s approach to migrants

Having fled the war and torture of the Assad regime in Syria, I now call the UK home.

a group of people riding on the back of a boat© Provided by The Independent

Intolerance is a danger. It’s Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-17 October), so let us challenge the relentless anti-migrant narratives that are being viciously spread by the far-right.

They are targeting migrants and see those vulnerable people coming across in small boats and “ruining the British culture”. I urge you all to not believe any of this.

Refugees are not burdens, they are assets. Assets working as frontline staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aside from culture, religion and race, we are all human and hatred is not the answer. Let the pandemic be a chance to reset our approach to refugees and foster a mutual respect for everyone in this country.

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