Molly has been an MEP during the greatest refugee crisis Europe has faced since the Second World War. Throughout, she has called for a humane and compassionate response, calling on European countries to co-operate in welcoming refugees and finding them safe routes to asylum.
She twice visited the ‘jungle camp’ in Calais to meet refugees and those supporting them. Molly condemned the announcement by the government that it would only take 350 lone child refugees and has urged the government to reopen the ‘Dubs’ scheme and accept many more unaccompanied child refugees. Speaking to the European Parliament, Molly challenged the UK government to recognize the rights of refugees in France to be reunited with family members in the UK.
Molly strongly supports the work of the Bristol Refugee Rights’ Welcome Centre. During a visit she learned firsthand about how the centre offers refugees and asylum seekers a safe space to meet and practical support. Molly has always supported and highlighted the many acts of compassion by many communities throughout the South West under the ‘Refugees are Welcome’ banner.
Molly signed a cross-party letter to David Cameron urging him to take part in an EU resettlement scheme for the thousands of desperate refugees fleeing war in the Middle East. She also wrote to the EU Commission pressing them on human rights for asylum seekers in Northern France.
“My first job was with a refugee research project in Oxford. I met refugees from lots of countries who I worked with and who became friends. It feels valuable that I first met refugees as people rather than learning about this issue from statistics. I also learned about their countries: Afghanistan, Uganda, Congo and particularly Latin American countries, which were under dictatorships at that time. In fact, it was a Chilean refugee called Jaime who first pointed out to me that I should become a Green politician!”
Trump-esque wall against refugees is another wrong move, say Green MEPs - 7 September 2016
Challenge to Commission on rights for asylum seekers - 21 June 2016
Our treatment of today's refugees harks back to Europe's darkest hour - 1 September 2015
Response to European migration crisis - 13 January 2016
Letter to David Cameron: refugee crisis - 11 September 2015