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 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
13 Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network contribution
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
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
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
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
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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