QCEA: Child Immigration Detention in Europe

This report explores aspects of child immigration detention in Europe. After briey describing the legal framework and standards at international and European levels, the report gives an overview of the situation in Europe by addressing three main questions: How many children are detained in the context of migration?
Which laws and policies regulate the practice, and what are the existing alternatives to child immigration detention
The report also discusses the impacts of detention, giving special attention to the different impacts on girls and boys in detention.
The report concludes by reasserting that detention is never in the best interests of a child, having detrimental impact on health and well-being. While there is an international growing consensus on the need for alternatives to detaining children,
European countries are continuing to do so.

Injured, hunted, lost: mapping journeys of refugee children aiming for UK

Eight-week project by Refugee Youth Service shows danger faced by 22 children, who travelled 11,800 miles across Europe

Red Cross report: Can’t Stay Can’t Go

Conclusions:Life for refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned is bleak. They may be homeless or sofa-surfing, hungry or lacking adequate clothing. They may be struggling to access some form of healthcare. They are often experiencing all of these things. They currently have no, or an extremely limited, chance of regularisation of their status. Asylum support options are not accessible to them and this issue is likely to worsen under Section 95A. Without support, these people are vulnerable to exploitation and they are likely to drop off the radar, making it even less likely that they can be returned. Continue reading

Refugee Action report: Slipping through the Cracks

A report based on research from Refugee Action’s work with people seeking asylum in the UK highlighting the delays people face in the asylum support system while claiming asylum. Delays in correctly assessing people’s need for support, overturning decisions on appeal and in getting support to people have devastating consequences for people’s lives. This report outlines the changes we believe need to happen to make the asylum system fair. Continue reading

Ask M&S to stop funding hate

The Steering Group has signed the following on behalf of QARN:

Hate-filled media stories are creating a violent culture of hostility towards migrants and refugees.

A recent United Nations report singled out the UK’s media as being “uniquely aggressive in its campaigns against refugees and migrants.”[1] Continue reading

Committee for the Prevention of Torture report: UK detention practice

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report (pdf) on UK detention practice in April 2017.

The report reviewed the treatment of people in adult and youth prisons, police custody, and immigration detention; with a specific focus on in-patient adult psychiatry. Continue reading

‘The Scar Test’ @ Soho Theatre July 2017

The Scar Test is now open for booking. It runs at Soho Theatre (in London) from 5- 22 July. The play is about the experiences of women in detention in this country. Full details here – http://www.sohotheatre.com/w hats-on/the-scar-test/

Based on verbatim interviews, The Scar Test explores life inside Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, a place in which those seeking safe haven are thrown into a dark world under lock and key where their lives are regulated, privacy is non-existent and where every detainee has a story to tell.

Post-show discussions – Mon 10 and 17 Jul evening & Sat 15 and 22 Jul following matinees

Age Recommendation: 14+

Questions for Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

Detention Forum: Don’t forget that you can ask PPCs questions about topics that are not contained in their manifesto documents.  The more PPCs are asked about immigration detention and if they support #Time4aTimeLimit, a stronger message we will be sending to all the political parties that this is an important issue.

  • 8 June – Voting day.
  • 9 June – We will know the results!

Write to them! 

You can write to your PPCs using the sample letter here (link to the sample letter). Continue reading

Responding to forced migration – Refugee Week 2017

Rooted in the conviction that there is that of God in every person, Quakers across Britain are working to welcome people seeking sanctuary.

Throughout Refugee Week (19–25 June) Friends House Euston will be open as a space to discuss the role of culture in renewing and regenerating values rooted in love, unity and peace.

http://quaker.org.uk/our-work/social-justice/migration#heading-1 Continue reading