RAS News

The RAS News blog features news on our latest activities and selected content from African Arguments Online

Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Written by Henrietta Bailey
  “Home Office data on visa refusals shows that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world.  The UK has good relations with most African countries, but it needs to be recognised that no single issue does more damage to the image or influence of the UK in Africa than this visa question.”... more
Monday, 3 June 2019
Written by Sheila Ruiz, Marcelle Mateki Akita, Caitlin Pearson
The offer of contemporary African arts and culture currently presented in the UK is limited, but there is a clear openness and appetite amongst audiences for more. A report launched by the Royal African Society on Monday 3rd June 2019 in partnership with the British Council, presents original research on present-day public perceptions and audience engagement with contemporary African... more
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Written by Hetty Bailey, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Royal African Society
    On Tuesday 22nd January the APPG for Africa working in coalition with the APPG for Diaspora, Development and Migration and the APPG for Malawi hosted a meeting in parliament to hear oral evidence on UK visa refusals for African visitors. Two cross-party panels made of six parliamentarians in total (Chi Onwurah MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Lord Popat, Lord Steel, Liz McInnes MP,... more
Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Written by Hetty Bailey, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
The APPG for Africa together with AFFORD and the APPG for Malawi are gathering evidence and information on following questions: 1) What is your experience of supporting African nationals in applying for visas to attend conferences / events / training sessions in the UK? 2) How many times have you supported African nationals to apply for a UK visa, of whatever type? 3) How many were... more
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Written by Caitlin Pearson
That's a wrap for Film Africa 2018! 39 films. 18 world, EU and UK Premieres. 15 African countries. 10 visiting filmmakers and talent. Q&As, panels, live music, parties, school screenings, family activities and other special events! All of that over 10 days, across 5 London venues! Film Africa’s 8th edition drew to a close on Sunday, 11 November, to a sold out screening of... more

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