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England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan

Refugee Council:  Josephine Basedow and Lisa Doyle May 2016 Recommendations • The Government should introduce an integration support service for newly recognised... 

Equal before the law? Equal before the law?

 The UK government has proposed increasing the fees that need to be paid to appeal an asylum or immigration decision in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal in England... 

Petition: fees for applying for leave to remain Petition: fees for applying for leave to remain

Petition: The Government should not proceed with plans to increase immigration court fees. The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants... 

Support for ‘failed asylum seekers’ under the new Immigration Act Support for ‘failed asylum seekers’ under the new Immigration Act

Here are parts of Schedule 11: Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (provision of accommodation for failed asylum-seekers, etc ) is repealed. Then: After... 

The Immigration Bill “ping-pong” ends with a glimmer of hope for detention – our statement The Immigration Bill “ping-pong” ends with a glimmer of hope for detention – our statement

12 May 2016: The Immigration Act, scheduled to receive Royal Assent in the coming days, will introduce automatic judicial oversight on the UK’s use of immigration... 

Immigration Bill final stages Immigration Bill final stages

Important changes will be included in the otherwise very negative Immigration Bill which is about to receive ‘royal assent’ and become an Act: 1) automatic... 

Project Daedalas Project Daedalas

Please have a look at the group’s website and engage with them as appropriate to you: The closure of borders along “The Balkan Road” caused major change... 

All eyes on detention again – the Immigration Bill returns to the Commons on 9th May All eyes on detention again – the Immigration Bill returns to the Commons on 9th May

UPDATE 6 May 2016: A big thank you to everyone who has been lobbying MPs to support the Lord Ramsbotham amendment – we are now seeing its impact.  The Government... 

Government defeated on Lords amendments Government defeated on Lords amendments

Lords Dubs’ compromise amendment was passed by 279 votes to 172. It will ensure the relocation of  “a specified number of unaccompanied refugee children... 

The Business of Migration The Business of Migration

SYMAAG: For corporations like G4S, Serco, Capita and Mitie the suffering of refugees is part of their “asylum markets”. The biggest ever single Home Office contract... 

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What you can do

No refugees in Britain should be left without refuge. No refugees in Britain should be left without refuge.

And it’s not only the government we’re calling on to act. You can help these forgotten refugees by doing 2 things: Shine a light on this appalling situation... 

Justice is not just for the rich: take action Justice is not just for the rich: take action

Equal before the law? Government proposes huge court fees increase The UK government has proposed increasing the fees that need to be paid to appeal an asylum or... 

New Immigration Act – what can you do? New Immigration Act – what can you do?

If we  wish to write to our MPs about the new Immigration Act 2o16, we should raise the issues of – detention: no maximum time limit has been introduced,... 

Sign the Petition against increased court fees Sign the Petition against increased court fees

Petition: The Government should not proceed with plans to increase immigration court fees. The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants... 

Project Daedalas Project Daedalas

Please have a look at the group’s website and engage with them as appropriate to you: The closure of borders along “The Balkan Road” caused major change... 

Minute of QARN Meeting April 2016 at Bristol Quaker Central Meeting House: Minute of QARN Meeting April 2016 at Bristol Quaker Central Meeting House:

Minute 16/04: We are appalled that the Government now charges people who have been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain after applying for asylum an unaffordable... 

For the 9th May, the Detention Forum is focussing on judicial oversight amendment For the 9th May, the Detention Forum is focussing on judicial oversight amendment

It is important that MPs are informed and encouraged to support Lord Ramsbotham’s amendment (Amendment 84), which provides far greater scrutiny over the Home Office’s... 

Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500% Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500%

Guardian: Steep increases likely to prevent those with few resources from challenging decisions to deport them Asylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase... 

URGENT Immigration Bill Sample letters to MPs URGENT Immigration Bill Sample letters to MPs

The Immigration Bill is expected in the Commons next Monday 25 April 2016. Would Friends please ask their MPs to support these five amendments?   The titles of... 

Role Play guidelines Role Play guidelines

Before they became refugees, their lives too were normal. Imagine it is your home, town, country that is being destroyed and you have had to flee. You do not know... 

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Reports

England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan

Refugee Council:  Josephine Basedow and Lisa Doyle May 2016 Recommendations • The Government should introduce an integration support service for newly recognised refugees, flexible enough to ensure those facing specific barriers can be supported to access all services to which they are entitled. Whilst all refugees will not need the same level of... [Read more of this review]

National Statistics Detention Published 27 August 2015 National Statistics Detention Published 27 August 2015

Click here for: Detention stats 2015 National Statistics Detention Published 27 August 2015 Contents 1. Key facts 2. Length of detention 3. Children in detention 4. Immigration detainees in prisons 5. Data tables [Read more of this review]  Read More →

Detention Without Walls Detention Without Walls

Detention Without Walls is a self-portrait of people caught in the cracks, between borders, without status. Short film: By Bridget Holtom & team February 29, 2016:  Put together from interviews, poems, photos and material collected through a participatory research project, our film follows the moving story from immigration detention to life... [Read more of this review]

Asylum in the UK: ‘room for improvement’ is putting it mildly Asylum in the UK: ‘room for improvement’ is putting it mildly

RtR: At Right to Remain, we’re always out and about across the UK, meeting with and running workshops for the groups in our network.  This means a lot of train journeys.  Luckily it provides some time to catch up on reading, like the report by the Independent Chief Inspector on the Home Office’s Asylum Casework released last week. We get a very... [Read more of this review]

Quaker Peace and Social Witness: Private Sponsorship of Refugees Quaker Peace and Social Witness: Private Sponsorship of Refugees

Response invited to: A consultative paper for Meeting for Sufferings, 6 February 2016. Please discuss this with your MfS reps: 1 Summary 1.1 The clerks of Meeting for Sufferings have agreed to allow this additional item to be brought to the Meeting at short notice. At the end of February Quaker Peace & Social Witness Central Committee (QPSWCC) will... [Read more of this review]

Shaw: Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Shaw: Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons

A very important report to the Home Office by Stephen Shaw: [before you press ‘print’  this is 349+ pages long] The Shaw review makes over 60 recommendations, which … Courtesy of ein  … are excerpted below: Recommendation 1: I recommend that the Home Office prepare and publish a strategic plan for immigration detention. Recommendation... [Read more of this review]

QCEA: Castle or community? QCEA: Castle or community?

QCEA organises biennial weekend conferences together with Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) of Britain Yearly Meeting. Our conferences are intended to stimulate discussion of European issues raised by our advocacy. 2015 Conference: Castle or community? Quakers’ role in building the new Europe. This conference took place from the 4-6 December... [Read more of this review]

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