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Search and Rescue: no evidence of deterrent effect Search and Rescue: no evidence of deterrent effect

ln the light of the debate around a replacement for Mare Nostrum and the government’s claim that search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean have created... 

MfS Search and Rescue Minute December 2014 MfS Search and Rescue Minute December 2014

4 Search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean We receive minute 14/129 of Sussex West AM held on 8 November, regarding the announcement that the British Government... 

MSF and MOAS to launch joint Mediterranean search, rescue and medical aid operation MSF and MOAS to launch joint Mediterranean search, rescue and medical aid operation

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) announced today that they will launch a joint search, rescue and medical aid operation in... 

Destitution: Meeting for Sufferings Minute 28 March 2015 Destitution: Meeting for Sufferings Minute 28 March 2015

At a Meeting for Sufferings held in London on Saturday 28 March 2015 MfS/15/03/15 Asylum Seekers: Destitution We receive the following minutes from Area Meetings:... 

Migrants killed in ‘religious clash’ on Mediterranean boat Migrants killed in ‘religious clash’ on Mediterranean boat

Migrants killed in ‘religious clash’ on Mediterranean boat About 1,000 people a day are being rescued at the moment trying to reach the Italian coast 16... 

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... 

‘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... 

Brussels plans migration centres outside EU to process asylum applications Brussels plans migration centres outside EU to process asylum applications

European commission wants to use offices and embassies outside EU to process applications for asylum and refugee status before migrants reach Europe   Rescued... 

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... 

QARN response to the APPI into immigration detention QARN response to the APPI into immigration detention

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – QARN: response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention Report released 3 March 2015 ‘We detain... 

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What you can do

Sinister changes to Discretionary Leave rules Sinister changes to Discretionary Leave rules

Dear Parliamentary candidate, I would be interested in your response to the information below. If you succeed in being elected and/or your Party leads the next government... 

Search and Rescue: no evidence of deterrent effect Search and Rescue: no evidence of deterrent effect

ln the light of the debate around a replacement for Mare Nostrum and the government’s claim that search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean have created... 

‘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... 

Please don’t let the Mediterranean be a graveyard for migrants Please don’t let the Mediterranean be a graveyard for migrants

Please sign the petition: To the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission,... 

MAKE IT COUNT MAKE IT COUNT

There are significant issues facing vulnerable asylum seekers and we’d love to see them on the political agenda, and a priority for the voting public. In... 

NEW CAMPAIGNING RESOURCES NEW CAMPAIGNING RESOURCES

With immigration and asylum likely to be a hot topic this year, we’ve put together some useful statistics and 6 key facts on refugee issues to make sure you... 

CAMPAIGN ACTION: Get your organisation to sign up to the Birmingham Declaration CAMPAIGN ACTION: Get your organisation to sign up to the Birmingham Declaration

To date nearly 300 organisations have signed up to the Birmingham Declaration; a set of principles and asks to ensure the UK treats those who come to seek safety... 

Immigration Detention – what you can do Immigration Detention – what you can do

Read the report:  http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/the-report-of-the-inquiry-into-the-use-of-immigration-detention-in-the-united-kingdom/ Discuss it with your MP... 

Support STAR Week of Welcome for Refugees Support STAR Week of Welcome for Refugees

STAR Welcome Week, 2nd-8 th March 2015 - Liverpool, Exeter, Warwick, Birmingham, Queen Mary, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Cambridge, Bristol, UCL, Manchester,... 

You could hold a vigil You could hold a vigil

Barbara Forbes 3 March: The first of our regular asylum vigils in Birmingham, tweeted by the Dean of the Cathedral. https://twitter.com/CatherineOgle/status/572455566280396800/photo/1 Taking... 

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Reports

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]

JCHR report on violence against women and girls JCHR report on violence against women and girls

The Joint Committee on Human Rights report on violence against women and girls has been published. The key findings on immigration and asylum are from page 53. Some significant findings include the following (with thanks to Laura): - women at risk of domestic violence unable to regularise their immigration status are left with the choice of remaining... [Read more of this review]

The State of Detention The State of Detention

Detention can be seen in many ways: through official statistics, legal judgments, monitoring reports, visits to detention centres, or through being detained yourself. This report brings together and reflects on many of these partial perspectives on detention, in order to understand the key problems of the detention system. We believe that a picture... [Read more of this review]

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