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UK’s fast-track asylum system ruled unlawful UK’s fast-track asylum system ruled unlawful

Government appeal system for processing asylum seekers’ applications, which has been in use for a decade, must be quashed, high court rules A fast-track immigration... 

Pope Francis: Immigrant Children Must Be ‘Welcomed And Protected’ Pope Francis: Immigrant Children Must Be ‘Welcomed And Protected’

Pope Francis confronted the “racist and xenophobic attitudes” that often face undocumented immigrants by addressing the thousands of unaccompanied... 

Self-Harm in Immigration Detention January Through March 2015 Self-Harm in Immigration Detention January Through March 2015

19% Increase in Suicide Attempts of Immigration Detainees Q1/2015 There were 70 suicide attempts in Harmondsworth IRC, January through March 2015, a 311% increase... 

Release ‘critical’ reports into privately run immigration centres, ICO orders Release ‘critical’ reports into privately run immigration centres, ICO orders

Guardian: Exclusive: Information commissioner tells Home Office to release potentially damaging reports within weeks after 10-month battle:  Harmondsworth... 

Compass: Safeguarding Children from Destitution: Compass: Safeguarding Children from Destitution:

BASW: Local Authority Responses to Families with ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ Implications for policy and practice: There is a range of steps which could... 

Yarl’s Wood detention centre ‘is a prison’ Yarl’s Wood detention centre ‘is a prison’

BBC: By Leana HoseaBBC World Service Hundreds of protesters held a demonstration outside the Yarl’s Wood detention centre on Saturday, calling for its immediate... 

Shut YarlsWood gathering 6 June 2015 Shut YarlsWood gathering 6 June 2015

Probably 500+ well-motivated people shouting for Yarlswood to close. The women inside can see and hear those outside from a path round the back – and we made... 

CEC Governing Board statement on external borders of the EU especially the Mediterranean CEC Governing Board statement on external borders of the EU especially the Mediterranean

3 June 2015: Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13: 2) The... 

6 JUNE  Surround YarlsWood: Demonstrate to END Detention & Shut Down Yarl’s Wood – STOP the scapegoating of immigrants! 6 JUNE Surround YarlsWood: Demonstrate to END Detention & Shut Down Yarl’s Wood – STOP the scapegoating of immigrants!

Yarl’s Wood is the central battleground for women’s rights in the UK; exposed as a site of mental and physical torture, of sexual abuse, a place where... 

Mediterranean migrants: No one makes this journey just to pick up benefits Mediterranean migrants: No one makes this journey just to pick up benefits

Guardian: Those who insist the west can’t take in the world’s misery must acknowledge how much of that misery we’re responsible for  by Gary Younge While... 

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What you can do

FMR: Asylum in Europe FMR: Asylum in Europe

Deadline for submission of articles: 7th September 2015 Although the number of asylum applications in Europe remains at a very modest level compared with many... 

PLEASE HELP BY JULY 3rd 2015:  OPERATION  CALAIS PLEASE HELP BY JULY 3rd 2015: OPERATION CALAIS

Emmaus is providing humanitarian aid to the 2,500+ migrants in the Calais area of northern France. This number is growing daily – many have survived Mediterranean... 

Will your MP sign EDM 130: Yarl’s Wood Will your MP sign EDM 130: Yarl’s Wood

Early Day Motion 130: Yarl’s Wood IRC That this House notes the work of and problems in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, and especially the poor... 

Medical Justice appeal to health professionals Medical Justice appeal to health professionals

 To all Medical Justice supporters, The only way Medical Justice can reach more vulnerable detainees is to increase our pool of trained doctors and other health... 

Shut YarlsWood gathering 6 June 2015 Shut YarlsWood gathering 6 June 2015

Probably 500+ well-motivated people shouting for Yarlswood to close. The women inside can see and hear those outside from a path round the back – and we made... 

Please act now: Call on the Prime Minister to protect refugees in the Mediterranean Please act now: Call on the Prime Minister to protect refugees in the Mediterranean

The world is in the grip of the greatest refugee crisis in recent memory. Shamefully, our leaders’ response has been to build the walls of fortress Europe ever... 

6 JUNE  Surround YarlsWood: Demonstrate to END Detention & Shut Down Yarl’s Wood – STOP the scapegoating of immigrants! 6 JUNE Surround YarlsWood: Demonstrate to END Detention & Shut Down Yarl’s Wood – STOP the scapegoating of immigrants!

Yarl’s Wood is the central battleground for women’s rights in the UK; exposed as a site of mental and physical torture, of sexual abuse, a place where... 

Refugee Week UK, 15-21 June 2015 Refugee Week UK, 15-21 June 2015

Significant events have already been planned in Liverpool, Blackburn, Manchester, Bristol, the South-East, Scotland and Wales. If you are organising events, upload... 

The watery darkness of a Mediterranean night The watery darkness of a Mediterranean night

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Hustings Question Hustings Question

“Is it fair that every person whose claim for Asylum has already been scrutinised by the Home Office and agreed, should now, from 6th April, be obliged to... 

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Reports

Can the UK opt-out of mandatory EU refugee quotas? Can the UK opt-out of mandatory EU refugee quotas?

EU Law Analysis, May 2015: In two days’ time (Wednesday May 13th), the EU Commission is due to present a communication on a new EU immigration and asylum agenda. I’ll look at this agenda in detail later, but one key issue calls for comment already: will the UK have an opt-out from mandatory refugee quotas? Part of the Commission paper has been... [Read more of this review]

Amnesty International investigates gap in EU search and rescue since the end of Mare Nostrum. Amnesty International investigates gap in EU search and rescue since the end of Mare Nostrum.

In a new report ‘Europe’s Sinking Shame. The Failure to Save Refugees and Migrants at Sea’,Amnesty International analyses the gap in search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean following the end of Italy’s search and rescue operation Mare Nostrum. Amnesty’s investigation on three accidents occurred between January and March... [Read more of this review]

JRF: DESTITUTION IN THE UK: AN INTERIM REPORT JRF: DESTITUTION IN THE UK: AN INTERIM REPORT

Executive summary: Background: There is a widespread perception that destitution is increasing sharply in the UK. Media attention devoted to the prevalence of extreme hardship, and to the increased use of food banks in particular, is indicative of increasing public concern. Prominent public figures have made connections between destitution and government... [Read more of this review]

‘Position Statement’ Churches’ Refugee Network conference, meeting in London on 21st March 2015 ‘Position Statement’ Churches’ Refugee Network conference, meeting in London on 21st March 2015

For centuries Britain has been outstanding in offering protection to people fleeing persecution.  Many of them have done much to create this country’s reputation for fairness and justice and have contributed to the well-being of the nation.  That reputation still draws to the United Kingdom people experiencing political and religious discrimination,... [Read more of this review]

Media coverage: immigration detention Media coverage: immigration detention

Channel 4 : “Harmondsworth undercover: ‘I don’t want to die here’” - 04/03/15 “At one point he films the aftermath of a detainee having an epileptic fit. Voices in the video say it is the third seizure the man has had in less than three weeks. The incident raises questions over the government’s detention... [Read more of this review]

The Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in UK The Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in UK

A Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees & the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration Key Recommendations • There should be a time limit of 28 days on the length of time anyone can be held in immigration detention. • Detention is currently used disproportionately frequently, resulting in too many instances of detention.... [Read more of this review]

Campaign to Close Campsfield Campaign to Close Campsfield

The current plans are to double the size of Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre – IRC.  The Home Office and Ministry of Justice are pressing ahead before the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention has made its recommendations, and at a time when the Home Secretary is concerned about conditions in IRCS.  There is... [Read more of this review]

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