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Photos from the Forced Migration Conference Feb 2017 Photos from the Forced Migration Conference Feb 2017

Some photos from the Conference,  and from the beautiful garden at Woodbrooke  Read More →

Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference 5 February 2017 Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference 5 February 2017

Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference held at Woodbrooke 3-5 February 2017; Hosted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network,... 

UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs

UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs Select committee calls for rethink of asylum seekers’ accommodation after reports... 

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme Contents Conclusions and recommendations 1.The success of the programme is dependent on pledges of offers of... 

QARN next meetings QARN next meetings

Next Meetings: 18th March at Friends House, Ada Salter 1 24th June, Leicester, including AGM – local groups to be invited  Read More →

Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy

Written evidence submitted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network 19.1.2017: The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network links Quakers[1] from all over the UK.   This... 

Religion Spirituality and the Refugee Experience Religion Spirituality and the Refugee Experience

“Religion Spirituality and the Refugee Experience…” published 2016 by Palgrave McMillan UK (an academic at Oxford Refugee Study Centre linked... 

Hostile Environment victimises and criminalises Hostile Environment victimises and criminalises

This is a genuine response from the Home Office to someone who reported that their Biometric Residence Permit was stolen:  Good Afternoon Thank you for reporting... 

Agreement not an Order! Agreement not an Order!

Guardian: Pupil data shared with Home Office to ‘create hostile environment’ for illegal migrants Department for Education has agreement to... 

Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible

Freedom from Torure report: November 2016: Report: Home Office Mistreating Evidence Of Torture – RightsInfohttp://rightsinfo.org/freedom-torture-home-office-mistreating-expert-evidence-torture/ Many... 

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The Island by Armin Greder The Island by Armin Greder

When the people of the Island discover a man and a tattered raft on their beach, they are reluctant to take him in. He doesn’t look like them. But they cannot... 

Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference 5 February 2017 Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference 5 February 2017

Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference held at Woodbrooke 3-5 February 2017; Hosted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network,... 

QARN next meetings QARN next meetings

Next Meetings: 18th March at Friends House, Ada Salter 1 24th June, Leicester, including AGM – local groups to be invited  Read More →

Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy

Written evidence submitted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network 19.1.2017: The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network links Quakers[1] from all over the UK.   This... 

#Unlocked16 – find out about detention #Unlocked16 – find out about detention

#Unlocked16 is here! October 5th, 2016 “I knew nothing about this. I didn’t know about detention” “The first time I found out about detention was when... 

Sanctuary in Parliament: 29 November 2016 Sanctuary in Parliament: 29 November 2016

Date: 29 Nov 2016       Time: 12:00 – 15:30 Venue: Committee Room 14 Westminster, London SW1A 0AA Bookings are now open for the third Sanctuary in Parliament... 

What does love call you to do? What does love call you to do?

Quakers questionnaire: You may like to use this document to find out what your Meeting is doing: asylum-questionnaire-oct-2016: A survey of ** Friends’ and... 

Draft letter from Q Meeting to your MP re: children Draft letter from Q Meeting to your MP re: children

Dear [MP’s names], I am writing to you on behalf of [name of meeting] Quaker Meeting as the MPs who in your different constituencies represent the members... 

Crowd Funding request by JCWI Crowd Funding request by JCWI

Challenge to the five-fold increase to Immigration Tribunal fees By Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants The Government is raising immigration and asylum... 

What does detention mean to you? What does detention mean to you?

By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain: Unlocking Detention 2016 started today (Monday 10 October), and runs until 18 December.  There are so many ways... 

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Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy

Written evidence submitted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network 19.1.2017: The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network links Quakers[1] from all over the UK.   This submission concerns Forced Migrants – refugee and asylum seekers.  The Select Committee will also receive submissions from individual Quakers and other groups of Quakers, many of... [Read more of this review]

Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible

Freedom from Torure report: November 2016: Report: Home Office Mistreating Evidence Of Torture – RightsInfohttp://rightsinfo.org/freedom-torture-home-office-mistreating-expert-evidence-torture/ Many who seek asylum in the UK do so because they have suffered torture in their home country. Often they are forced to flee immediately and do not... [Read more of this review]

Migrant Detention in the European Union: A thriving Business Migrant Detention in the European Union: A thriving Business

Conclusion: Under the guise of “mass” migration, the EU and its Member States are continuously strengthening their systems to deprive migrant populations of their liberty. Emblematic of European policy for the exclusion of foreign nationals, migrant detention facilities offer fertile ground for human rights violations. The acts of resistance and... [Read more of this review]

Colnbrook Detention Centre inspection – a mixed picture and a need for a ‘strict time limit’ Colnbrook Detention Centre inspection – a mixed picture and a need for a ‘strict time limit’

Detention Forum: 28 July 2016: In its latest inspection report on Colnbrook detention centre, HM Inspector of Prisons said ‘There should be a strict time limit on the length of detention and caseworkers should act with diligence and expedition.’ Colnbrook detention centre, near Heathrow Airport, detains up to 396 migrants, including 27 women... [Read more of this review]

Insufficient Regard to Detention Rule 35 Process Insufficient Regard to Detention Rule 35 Process

£25,000 for Claimant’s Unlawful Detention –  IS, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1623 (Admin) (11 July 2016)  1. In this claim for judicial review, the Claimant challenged the Defendant’s decisions on deportation, asylum and detention. Due to developments which have taken place... [Read more of this review]

QARN Annual Report 2016 – Steering Group QARN Annual Report 2016 – Steering Group

The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN) is a network of Quakers across the UK who share a concern about the injustices that are practiced in our name, and a determination to bring about change for those who have been forced to seek asylum and to reach out with support for those who share our concern. QARN members hold discussions and share information... [Read more of this review]

The UK’s family reunion rules: striking the right balance? The UK’s family reunion rules: striking the right balance?

Commons Library Analysis: The UK’s family reunion rules: striking the right balance? Published Thursday, June 23, 2016. There are various different provisions for refugee family reunion in the UK. Campaigners are pressing the Government to extend these further, particularly in respect of children’s cases. Jump to full report >> UK... [Read more of this review]

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