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Quakers: Sanctuary Everywhere Manifesto – challenging the ‘hostile environment’

Drawing of a woman, man, child and baby.Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017

Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.

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Hostile or Compliant environment: some changes

Britain can be an unforgiving place for migrants.

The Government’s hostile environment (or, as ministers have since attempted to rebrand it , ‘compliant environment’) policies aim to make life unbearably difficult for undocumented people in order to deter more migrants coming to the UK and to encourage people to leave. Continue reading “Hostile or Compliant environment: some changes”

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Conclusions: This guide to the hostile environment may make for difficult reading, but its purpose is to help us to know our enemy.

Internal border controls amount to state-sanctioned discrimination
and are fundamentally incompatible with the human rights laws the
UK is signed up to. Continue reading “Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment”

Calais Children: A Case to Answer

You can ask for a copy of this film, and arrange a showing in your area:

This film was made by Sue Clayton as evidence for the Court that the Home Office is failing in its duty to children in Calais.  It is powerful , and Sue is going round the country to raise awareness of the issues it raises http://calais.gebnet.co.uk/home/upcoming-screenings.

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Recent change of Home Secretary

Recent events: Amber Rudd tendered her resignation as Home Secretary very recent and has been succeeded by Sajid Javid.

Detention Action has issued a statement in response to this announcement, emphasising the need for detention reform if there were to be a fair and humane immigration system, bringing together all the key arguments.  You can read it here.  http://detentionaction.org. uk/the-new-home-secretary- needs-to-embrace-detention- reform Continue reading “Recent change of Home Secretary”

Attempted removal of Yarlswood woman; BBC report on destitution

Independent: 9.4.2018 – Opelo Kgari: Government thwarted in second bid to deport woman brought to UK from Botswana

Exclusive: Kgari, who spoke to The Independent about life in Yarl’s Wood and took a leading role in hunger strike by detainees, avoids Home Office efforts to deport her as lawyers condemn ‘positively inhumane removal regime’

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The Privilege Walk: a diversity exercise for groups

The typical classroom version of this activity involves between 10-40 participants. Throughout the privilege walk, the following statements are read by the facilitator and the participants are asked to take a step forward or backward based on their responses. This activity forces participants to confront the ways in which society privileges some individuals over others. It is designed to get participants to reflect on the different areas in their lives where they have privilege as well as the areas where they don’t. Continue reading “The Privilege Walk: a diversity exercise for groups”

Harmondsworth immigration removal centre – persistent failings in safety and respect

Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC) at Heathrow, holding large numbers of men with mental health problems in prison-like conditions, continued to show “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees, according to prison inspectors.

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Refugee Council and Oxfam report: refugee family reunion

January 2018: SAFE BUT NOT SETTLED

Write to your MP: The launch of our report comes ahead of a crucial debate in Parliament in March where MPs will consider changing these rules.  We need at least 100 MPs to attend and vote to allow refugees in the UK to be joined by their families. You can help by making sure that your MP is one of them.

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This is a fundamental issue for Parliament and the UK Government, which has
a duty to consider not only the welfare of refugees but also the consequences
for social cohesion in the UK. The Refugee Council and Oxfam are calling on
the UK Government to: Continue reading “Refugee Council and Oxfam report: refugee family reunion”