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QARN Statement on Destitution QARN Statement on Destitution

“That which is morally wrong cannot be politically right” 1822 Quaker  Faith and Practice 23.26 Enforced destitution is being used as an instrument of immigration... 

Refugees and Migrants (Search and Rescue Operation) Refugees and Migrants (Search and Rescue Operation)

Hansard 30 Oct 2014 : Column 397 10.32 am  Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab/Co-op) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home... 

Jimmy Mubenga: Deportee shouted ‘you’re killing me’ Jimmy Mubenga: Deportee shouted ‘you’re killing me’

An Angolan deportee was heard by air passengers to cry out “you’re killing me” as he was pinned down in his seat by G4S security guards, a jury... 

QARN submission to APP on Immigration Detention QARN submission to APP on Immigration Detention

Click here for the QARN submission with the full support of Quakers in Britain,  to the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Refugees and Migration – Immigration... 

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

A conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network. Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015 Course Details Explore... 

How children’s charity Barnardo’s locks up kids with Guantánamo contractor G4S How children’s charity Barnardo’s locks up kids with Guantánamo contractor G4S

TOM SANDERSON 9 September 2014: Britain’s leading children’s charity helps the world’s biggest security company lock up children who have committed no crime.  Read More →

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration fringe event at Labour Party conference All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration fringe event at Labour Party conference

22 Sep 2014 - 17:30 - 19:00, Lecture Room, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration will be holding... 

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

A conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network. Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015 Course Details Explore... 

EDM 99: asylum support rates EDM 99: asylum support rates

‘Be The Change’ Action Update August 2014 - Regional Asylum Activism: This month we are calling on you to urge your MP to support an Early Day Motion on raising... 

John Vine: whats gone wrong with immigration John Vine: whats gone wrong with immigration

If you haven’t time to read all of it these quotes are of particular interest: “I meet a lot asylum-seekers and they always appear to me to be genuinely people... 

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What you can do

Regional Asylum Activism Regional Asylum Activism

The Regional Asylum Activism project has a section on its website with tools and resources for local groups and activists who are interested in campaigning on asylum... 

Resettle Syrian refugees – write to your MP Resettle Syrian refugees – write to your MP

The Refugee Council and Amnesty International are promoting an action with supporters calling on MPs to urge the UK Government to attend UNHCR’s urgent global... 

Early day motion 99: HIGH COURT JUDGMENT ON ASYLUM SUPPORT Early day motion 99: HIGH COURT JUDGMENT ON ASYLUM SUPPORT

Despite Refugee Action’s apparently successful judicial challenge of the rate of asylum support payments an internal Home Office review has concluded there... 

QARN Statement on Destitution QARN Statement on Destitution

We ask Quakers to consider taking our Statment about Destitution to their Local Business meeting as a starting point on this issue,  to ask for it to be passed... 

Sign the letter: Saving refugees in the Mediterranean. Sign the letter: Saving refugees in the Mediterranean.

Dear Mr Cameron, It is with great sadness that we write to you today. As the world faces its most pressing refugee crisis since the Second World War – with... 

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

A conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network. Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015 Course Details Explore... 

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration fringe event at Labour Party conference All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration fringe event at Labour Party conference

22 Sep 2014 - 17:30 - 19:00, Lecture Room, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration will be holding... 

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

A conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network. Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015 Course Details Explore... 

Be the Change: health care Be the Change: health care

UPDATE ON CAMPAIGN TO DEFEND ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES GUIDANCE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW CHARGING SCHEME Over the last year, many of you... 

EDM 99: asylum support rates EDM 99: asylum support rates

‘Be The Change’ Action Update August 2014 - Regional Asylum Activism: This month we are calling on you to urge your MP to support an Early Day Motion on raising... 

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Reports

A place of sanctuary? A place of sanctuary?

CentreForum’s report, A place of sanctuary? urges the Government to make the asylum system fairer and more efficient. It argues that the most “draconian elements” of the current system were a response to the large number of applications in previous years which have fallen by 72% between 2002 and 2013. The report makes recommendations in the... [Read more of this review]

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – Annual report for AGM 2014 Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – Annual report for AGM 2014

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network is a network of Quakers across 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 through... [Read more of this review]

Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report Asylum – QARN_QPSW Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report Asylum – QARN_QPSW

13 Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network contribution 1. Introduction Work with refugees and asylum-seekers is an expression of our commitment to justice, equality and peace. During the twentieth century Quakers were active in the Kinder Transport, enabling the children of persecuted Jews to come to the United Kingdom.... [Read more of this review]

UN: Syria asylum claims in rich  nations more than double in 2013 UN: Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013

21 March 2014 – A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria. According to “Asylum Trends 2013,” 612,700 people applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year... [Read more of this review]

The truth about sexual abuse in a British detention centre The truth about sexual abuse in a British detention centre

CLARE SAMBROOK 29 October 2013: What is the government really doing to protect immigration detainees from their guards? In Parliament on Tuesday 15 October, the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather challenged the government to come clean about a sexual abuse scandal. Male guards employed by the commercial contractor Serco have, allegedly, been sexually... [Read more of this review]

Open Democracy – G4S and other assorted reports Open Democracy – G4S and other assorted reports

G4S: Securing whose world? In a privatised children’s prison, a care worker restrained a boy who died; G4S promoted him. After guards killed an asylum-seeker on a plane, G4S was handed a public contract to provide housing for asylum-seekers — they’ve made a mess of that. In a prison van in Australia they baked a man to death. Welcome... [Read more of this review]

Destitution: Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report  Asylum Destitution: Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report Asylum

Destitution 84.  People in all stages of the asylum system experience destitution: those awaiting a decision if they are unable to access support; those whose appeal rights are currently exhausted but fail to return to their country of origin, who lose all support and are evicted from accommodation 21 days after a final refusal; and those who have... [Read more of this review]

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