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Refugees in Calais speak of desperate condition Refugees in Calais speak of desperate condition

The Conversation: ‘Is this really Europe?’: refugees in Calais speak of desperate condition As the sun sets on Calais, a new barbed wire fence glints in the... 

Migrant madness Migrant madness

It is easy to send a camera crew to get footage of a group of migrants breaching the fences at Coquelles regardless of whether they manage to get lucky and subsequently... 

Fortress Calais: fleeting fixtures and precarious lives in the migrant camp Fortress Calais: fleeting fixtures and precarious lives in the migrant camp

Guardian: Fortress Calais: fleeting fixtures and precarious lives in the migrant camp With street lights and bike shops springing up in the ‘Jungle’... 

Calais Migrant Crisis Quiz: 15 Questions To Test Your Knowledge Calais Migrant Crisis Quiz: 15 Questions To Test Your Knowledge

  By George Bowden Attempts by migrants to reach Britain have reached an all time high as hundreds of people rushed the Channel Tunnel for a third night... 

Right to Remain: Unlocking Detention Right to Remain: Unlocking Detention

Immigration detention: how does it affect YOUR community? Right to Remain is gearing up to run the second Unlocking... 

A different aspect of people drowning on the Mediterranean: STOWAWAYS AND CRIMES ABOARD A SCOFFLAW SHIP Few places on Earth are as free from legal oversight as... 

Campaigns to welcome Syrian Refugees: Amnesty, People of Malvern and Croydon Campaigns to welcome Syrian Refugees: Amnesty, People of Malvern and Croydon

Amnesty International briefing: Syrian Refugees Activists around the UK have been campaigning tirelessly on the Syrian refugee resettlement issue. We’ve been... 

It is our antipathy towards migrants that kills in the Mediterranean It is our antipathy towards migrants that kills in the Mediterranean

Guardian: HMS Bulwark’s replacement yet to rescue any migrants in Mediterranean Alan Travis Home affairs editor: Monday 27 July 2015: HMS Enterprise... 

Right to rent & destitution concerns Right to rent & destitution concerns

The Home Office is evaluating the Right to Rent pilot in the Midlands and JCWI and MAX are working with partners to carry out an independent evaluation. Meanwhile,... 

Updates and action on cuts to asylum support Updates and action on cuts to asylum support

On 16 July, the Home Office wrote to NASF members outlining why it decided to reduce the rates of support to asylum seeking families. The Home Office also made available... 

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Calais Migrant Crisis Quiz: 15 Questions To Test Your Knowledge Calais Migrant Crisis Quiz: 15 Questions To Test Your Knowledge

  By George Bowden Attempts by migrants to reach Britain have reached an all time high as hundreds of people rushed the Channel Tunnel for a third night... 

Right to Remain: Unlocking Detention Right to Remain: Unlocking Detention

Immigration detention: how does it affect YOUR community? Right to Remain is gearing up to run the second Unlocking... 

Campaigns to welcome Syrian Refugees: Amnesty, People of Malvern and Croydon Campaigns to welcome Syrian Refugees: Amnesty, People of Malvern and Croydon

Amnesty International briefing: Syrian Refugees Activists around the UK have been campaigning tirelessly on the Syrian refugee resettlement issue. We’ve been... 

Right to rent & destitution concerns Right to rent & destitution concerns

The Home Office is evaluating the Right to Rent pilot in the Midlands and JCWI and MAX are working with partners to carry out an independent evaluation. Meanwhile,... 

Updates and action on cuts to asylum support Updates and action on cuts to asylum support

On 16 July, the Home Office wrote to NASF members outlining why it decided to reduce the rates of support to asylum seeking families. The Home Office also made available... 

“WE WANT FREEDOM”  Alice Wanju-Maina being held in solitary confinement “WE WANT FREEDOM” Alice Wanju-Maina being held in solitary confinement

Emergency campaign from Black Women’s Rape Action Project: A woman in Yarl’s Wood IRC has been put in solitary confinement for refusing to remove a t-shirt... 

Migreurop: Bridges, not weapons! Migreurop: Bridges, not weapons!

An appeal for a migrant, asylum seeker and refugee reception policy It is estimated that over 20,000 people have lost their lives along Europe’s borders over the... 

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... 

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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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