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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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QCEA Anti-Migrant Hate Speech report

September 2018: The report in full here http://www.qcea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Hate-Speech-Report_final.pdf

Recommendations: 

Governments: 
• Adopt and effectively implement relevant legislation that includes preventive and punitive action to combat incitement to hatred, while making sure that restrictions to freedom of expression are legal, proportional and necessary. Continue reading “QCEA Anti-Migrant Hate Speech report”

QCEA Child Immigration Detention in Europe

Here is a link to QCEA’s Sept 2018 report Child Immigration Detention in Europe: http://www.qcea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CID-report_2018.pdfExecutive summary:

This report explores aspects of child immigration detention in Europe. After briefly describing the legal framework and standards at international and European level, the report gives an overview of the situation in Europe by addressing three main questions:
• How many children are detained in the context of migration?
• What laws and policies regulate the practice?
• What are the existing alternatives to child immigration detention? Continue reading “QCEA Child Immigration Detention in Europe”

QUNO: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

QUNO Geneva Reporter: Flawed diamond, not flawless pebble:
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

This July, the United Nations (UN) concluded negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). We asked Laurel Townhead, our Representative for Human Rights & Refugees, to share her perspective on the landmark agreement. Read more:

http://quno.org/sites/default/files/timeline/files/2018/QUNO%20Geneva%20Reporter_August%202018.pdf

Criticism of immigration detention process

Detention Forum: UK Detention in Focus

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The UK Government has drawn criticism from regional and international bodies for its immigration detention policy and practice. Many of these bodies highlight the same concerns as the Detention Forum: the indefinite nature of immigration detention in the UK; the detention of vulnerable individuals and groups; the lack of robust, automatic judicial oversight; and insufficient attention to alternatives to detention… Read more

See also Detention Forum’s Resources page:

http://www.detentionforum.org.uk/resources/

Government failing Dubs Amendment children

Independent: Government leaving child refugees stranded in Europe due to ‘failing’ relocation scheme, charities warn

Exclusive: Ministers accused of letting down ‘most vulnerable children in the world’ after it emerges youngsters classified as Dubs transfers already had right to be in UK Continue reading “Government failing Dubs Amendment children”

Detention Forum response to Home Secretary’s statement on the Shaw Review

The Detention Forum response to the Home Secretary’s statement on the Shaw Review

July 24th, 2018: Earlier today, Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, made a statement to the House of Commons on immigration detention and the second Stephen Shaw review. This independent review focuses on progress made by the Home Office since the publication of Shaw’s first report in 2016 which advised that the number of people detained be reduced “boldly and without delay”… (read more using the link above)

Action to bring children from camps in Europe to UK

Some of the action to protect children …

Sue Clayton: CALAIS CHILDREN COURT CASE

CALAIS CHILDREN CASE IN THE HIGH COURT  FEB 28th -MARCH 2nd 2018

In momentous news, we are proud to announce that the case that Sue launched with lawyers Duncan Lewis reached the Royal Courts of Justice last week for a Judicial Review. Sue persuaded lawyers from Duncan Lewis Solicitors to visit the Jungle when she realised that most of the young people there had a legal case to already be in the UK.  The lawyers arrived and were able to take on 37 cases of minors with extreme vulnerability. Our case to have them brought here under the Dubs Amendment was rejected in the lower court and on appeal. However we were granted the right to a Judicial review where we have challenged the Home Office saying that their implementation of the Dubs Amendment is unlawful. For more, see this Guardian article and Goldsmith’s University news.

Information on the court case can be found on the Duncan Lewis website: here and hereContinue reading “Action to bring children from camps in Europe to UK”

Westminster Hall debate on refugee homelessness

Asylum Matters: On Tuesday 17th July 2018 Kate Green MP was joined by MPs for a Westminster Hall Debate on refugee homelessness – full transcript available here. Unfortunately, a Home Office Minister was not present to answer the debate, and instead questions were presented to Nigel Adams, from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The debate centred around the inadequate length of time provided by the 28-day grace period to secure a tenancy and income resulting in homelessness among newly granted refugees. Continue reading “Westminster Hall debate on refugee homelessness”