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EU plans to launch military operation in a bid to tackle smuggling cause widespread concerns EU plans to launch military operation in a bid to tackle smuggling cause widespread concerns

Member State Ministers meeting at the Defence and Foreign Affairs Council have this weekapproved a military operation in the Mediterranean in order to “break... 

Mediterranean migrants are not slaves – do not pervert history to justify military action Mediterranean migrants are not slaves – do not pervert history to justify military action

EU leaders have accepted that using force will kill adults and children boarding boats in Libya. This is no high-minded crusade Julia O’Connell Davidson EU leaders... 

High price paid by asylum seekers on reaching Europe’s affluent nations High price paid by asylum seekers on reaching Europe’s affluent nations

Institute of Race Relations questions commitment to human rights after analysis of people who died in detention “Racist” asylum and immigration policies have... 

Home secretary hardens refusal to accept EU resettlement programme Home secretary hardens refusal to accept EU resettlement programme

British refugee organisations criticise Theresa May’s decision to take no responsibility for refugees or migrants caught up in Mediterranean boat crisis  Alan... 

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.... 

ILPA: General Election, implications for immigration, asylum and nationality law and related areas 8 May 2015 ILPA: General Election, implications for immigration, asylum and nationality law and related areas 8 May 2015

The Conservative party has a small, outright, majority.  A Conservative government will need the support of the right of the parliamentary Conservative party,... 

Cambridge Council passes motion against destitution Cambridge Council passes motion against destitution

On 16 April 2015, Cambridge City Council became the 13th Council to pass a motion against the destitution of asylum seekers.  The motion was proposed by Cllr. Mike... 

Everyday Borders Everyday Borders

‘‘Everyday Borders’ reviews trends in immigration control procedures over the last decade and more, pointing to distinct movement in the direction of greater... 

OPEN LETTER TO THE EU HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENTS OPEN LETTER TO THE EU HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENTS

OPEN LETTER TO THE EU HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENTS ‘No More Excuses’ for Deaths at Sea: Reform Policies, Save Lives!  Ahead of the EU’s extraordinary summit... 

Hustings Question Hustings Question

“Is it fair that every person whose claim for Asylum has already been scrutinised by the Home Office and agreed, should now, from 6th April, be obliged to... 

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What you can do

Refugee Week UK, 15-21 June 2015 Refugee Week UK, 15-21 June 2015

Significant events have already been planned in Liverpool, Blackburn, Manchester, Bristol, the South-East, Scotland and Wales. If you are organising events, upload... 

The watery darkness of a Mediterranean night The watery darkness of a Mediterranean night

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Hustings Question Hustings Question

“Is it fair that every person whose claim for Asylum has already been scrutinised by the Home Office and agreed, should now, from 6th April, be obliged to... 

Draconian changes to renewal of Discretionary Leave to Remain Draconian changes to renewal of Discretionary Leave to Remain

Draconian changes to renewal of Discretionary Leave to Remain for Asylum-Seekers. This is a long post as there is a lot of information, but please read it and take... 

Letter to David Cameron Letter to David Cameron

Quakers in Britain have written a letter to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, follows: “Quakers in Britain have been shocked and angered by the needless deaths... 

Petitions about Search and Rescue Petitions about Search and Rescue

Catherine Henderson: Save the Children has just launched a petition addressed to all party leaders with a view to a change of policy after the election: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/restart-the-rescue Restart... 

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,... 

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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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