News

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... 

Immigration Detention Inquiry Immigration Detention Inquiry

Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the... 

RAPAR: HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees RAPAR: HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees

The latest unannounced official HMIP report on Haslar immigration detention centre reveals that the centre staff had blocked the websites for Bail for Immigration... 

Serco apologises after dismissals related to Yarl’s Wood allegations Serco apologises after dismissals related to Yarl’s Wood allegations

Firm revealed 10 staff were dismissed in relation to allegations of improper sexual contact with immigration centre detainees. Appearing before the Commons home... 

Migrant Children’s Project Newsletter June 2014 Migrant Children’s Project Newsletter June 2014

Policy & legal updates Legal aid residence test The Joint Committee on Human Rights today published a further report on the proposed residence test for civil... 

Update on EDM 99 on support rates Update on EDM 99 on support rates

To date EDM 99 has been supported by 39 MPs. This is a good start, but we need to keep the momentum going and build on this. So if you haven’t done so already,... 

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What you can do

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... 

Letter to your MP – Call for a time limit on detention Letter to your MP – Call for a time limit on detention

House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Dear Re: Call for a time limit on detention As a Quaker and as one of your constituents, I wish to express my grave concern about... 

Guide to participating in the Detention Inquiry Guide to participating in the Detention Inquiry

The guide for groups who are wishing to take part in the detention inquiry is now ready.  It’s available from the Detention Forum webpage here: http://detentionforum.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/take-part-in-the-detention-inquiry-heres-our-guide/ Thanks... 

QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014 QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014

We are interested to meet with other Quakers who share our concern at Yearly Meeting Gathering –  August 2014 http://www.quaker.org.uk/yearly-meeting-gathering-ymg-2014 Events:   Read More →

Immigration Detention Inquiry Immigration Detention Inquiry

Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the... 

Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition

6 June 2014: I am writing to you today because I wanted to ask you to give us some extra support to spread the word about why the UK government should not lock up... 

Harmondsworth Protest 7 June 2014 Harmondsworth Protest 7 June 2014

Surround Harmondsworth on 7th June 2014 @ 1pm. Calling on friends, family and supporters of individuals being held unjustly in one of the many detention centres... 

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Reports

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]

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

Terms of Reference Key Facts In 2012, there were 21,955 applications for asylum in the UK. As of 19 September 2013, of those 21,955 cases, 18,423 have received an initial decision and 12,632 have been concluded. This means that 3,523 people who applied for asylum in 2012 have yet to receive an initial decision. Of the 12, 632 cases that have been concluded... [Read more of this review]

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