Facing death, injury, persecution or prison, many academics around the world are forced to flee their homes. CARA’s fellowship programme supports 300 fellows (and their families) to study, work or continue their research at a partner university in the UK, on regular visas with no access to state benefits.
Around 100 existing Cara fellows now face uncertainty about whether they can continue their study or research. Delays mean increased living costs of tens of thousands of pounds. 70 new applicants are finding it hard to escape dangerous scenarios at home due to travel restrictions. Some who have escaped, are now stranded in third countries with no means of support.
Fellows undertaking postdoctoral research have two year, non-extendable visas. Many of them have lost valuable laboratory time and may not complete their research. If visa extensions are permitted, this would also result in huge increased living expenses. Universities, now anxious about their own finances, may not be able to subsidise such increases, forcing CARA to seek the funds elsewhere.