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 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
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
Guardian: Exclusive: Information commissioner tells Home Office to release potentially damaging reports within weeks after 10-month battle:
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’
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
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
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)
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
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
A Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees & the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration
• 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
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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