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Government defeated on Lords amendments Government defeated on Lords amendments

Lords Dubs’ compromise amendment was passed by 279 votes to 172. It will ensure the relocation of  “a specified number of unaccompanied refugee children... 

The Business of Migration The Business of Migration

SYMAAG: For corporations like G4S, Serco, Capita and Mitie the suffering of refugees is part of their “asylum markets”. The biggest ever single Home Office contract... 

Shame: Tories vote against accepting 3,000 child refugees Shame: Tories vote against accepting 3,000 child refugees

Guardian: The amendment to the immigration bill would have allowed thousands of unaccompanied Syrian minors to enter the UK A high-profile campaign for the UK to... 

UK to resettle 3,000 ‘at risk’ children with families UK to resettle 3,000 ‘at risk’ children with families

UK to resettle 3,000 ‘at risk’ children with families 21APR2016 Immigration minister James Brokenshire hastoday released details of the scheme to... 

Deaths at sea: EU is guilty of killing by omission, report argues Deaths at sea: EU is guilty of killing by omission, report argues

A new report released by Forensic Oceanography – a team that specialises in the use of forensic techniques and cartography to reconstruct cases of deaths at sea... 

UK detention update: “end” of routine detention of pregnant women in Immigration Bill UK detention update: “end” of routine detention of pregnant women in Immigration Bill

The UK government has announced that it will end ‘the routine detention of pregnant women’ in immigration centres. It has agreed to propose an amendment to the... 

Faith and Community leaders demand Immigration Detention Reform Faith and Community leaders demand Immigration Detention Reform

Interfaith parliamentary event raising a voice against indefinite immigration detention On the 20th April we partnered with Tzelem to organise over 60 faith and... 

Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500% Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500%

Guardian: Steep increases likely to prevent those with few resources from challenging decisions to deport them Asylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase... 

European Churches letter to EU authorities. European Churches letter to EU authorities.

Presidency of the EU Council Prime Minister Mark Rutte President of the European Council Mr Donald Tusk Heads of EU governments President of... 

Teenage refugee killed in lorry crash while attempting to reach family in UK Teenage refugee killed in lorry crash while attempting to reach family in UK

Guardian: Mohammed Hussain, 18, becomes first casualty of crisis in Britain this year while fleeing Dunkirk camp en route to Manchester A Kurdish teenager has... 

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Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500% Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500%

Guardian: Steep increases likely to prevent those with few resources from challenging decisions to deport them Asylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase... 

URGENT Immigration Bill Sample letters to MPs URGENT Immigration Bill Sample letters to MPs

The Immigration Bill is expected in the Commons next Monday 25 April 2016. Would Friends please ask their MPs to support these five amendments?   The titles of... 

Role Play guidelines Role Play guidelines

Before they became refugees, their lives too were normal. Imagine it is your home, town, country that is being destroyed and you have had to flee. You do not know... 

Track the Immigration Bill Track the Immigration Bill

Migrants’ Rights Network: Immigration Bill:  Save the changes The Immigration Bill is due to return to the House of Commons in April, having been left largely... 

Permission to work Permission to work

Take action: Still Human is calling on the Government to give asylum seekers permission to work if they have been waiting for more than six months for their cases... 

TED Talk – Alexander Betts TED Talk – Alexander Betts

How can we adapt an international refugee system created over 50 years ago for a changing and globalised world?Why is the current system not working and what can... 

Advocacy urged to increase refugee resettlement to Europe; Cameron – turn boats back Advocacy urged to increase refugee resettlement to Europe; Cameron – turn boats back

23 March 2016 – The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Conference of European Churches (CEC) and World Council of Churches (WCC) sent a... 

Immigration Bill: Letter to Lords for 9 March 2016 Immigration Bill: Letter to Lords for 9 March 2016

To: Members of the House of Lords Dear [name] I am writing to you regarding the Immigration Bill which will be before the House of Lords on 9 March. Lord Roberts... 

Detention Without Walls Detention Without Walls

Detention Without Walls is a self-portrait of people caught in the cracks, between borders, without status. Short film: By Bridget Holtom & team February 29,... 

Harmondsworth, by the new Inspector, Peter Clarke Harmondsworth, by the new Inspector, Peter Clarke

The latest inspection report on Harmondsworth, by the new Inspector, Peter Clarke, is out today.  It is encouraging he also calls for a time limit on detention,... 

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Reports

National Statistics Detention Published 27 August 2015 National Statistics Detention Published 27 August 2015

Click here for: Detention stats 2015 National Statistics Detention Published 27 August 2015 Contents 1. Key facts 2. Length of detention 3. Children in detention 4. Immigration detainees in prisons 5. Data tables [Read more of this review]  Read More →

Detention Without Walls Detention Without Walls

Detention Without Walls is a self-portrait of people caught in the cracks, between borders, without status. Short film: By Bridget Holtom & team February 29, 2016:  Put together from interviews, poems, photos and material collected through a participatory research project, our film follows the moving story from immigration detention to life... [Read more of this review]

Asylum in the UK: ‘room for improvement’ is putting it mildly Asylum in the UK: ‘room for improvement’ is putting it mildly

RtR: At Right to Remain, we’re always out and about across the UK, meeting with and running workshops for the groups in our network.  This means a lot of train journeys.  Luckily it provides some time to catch up on reading, like the report by the Independent Chief Inspector on the Home Office’s Asylum Casework released last week. We get a very... [Read more of this review]

Quaker Peace and Social Witness: Private Sponsorship of Refugees Quaker Peace and Social Witness: Private Sponsorship of Refugees

Response invited to: A consultative paper for Meeting for Sufferings, 6 February 2016. Please discuss this with your MfS reps: 1 Summary 1.1 The clerks of Meeting for Sufferings have agreed to allow this additional item to be brought to the Meeting at short notice. At the end of February Quaker Peace & Social Witness Central Committee (QPSWCC) will... [Read more of this review]

Shaw: Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Shaw: Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons

A very important report to the Home Office by Stephen Shaw: [before you press ‘print’  this is 349+ pages long] The Shaw review makes over 60 recommendations, which … Courtesy of ein  … are excerpted below: Recommendation 1: I recommend that the Home Office prepare and publish a strategic plan for immigration detention. Recommendation... [Read more of this review]

QCEA: Castle or community? QCEA: Castle or community?

QCEA organises biennial weekend conferences together with Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) of Britain Yearly Meeting. Our conferences are intended to stimulate discussion of European issues raised by our advocacy. 2015 Conference: Castle or community? Quakers’ role in building the new Europe. This conference took place from the 4-6 December... [Read more of this review]

Our asylum system is forcing vulnerable teenagers to relive their trauma Our asylum system is forcing vulnerable teenagers to relive their trauma

Guardian: by Gillian Hughes Time and again, we witness unaccompanied refugees suffering mental health problems when they apply for asylum at 18. They need support, not uncertainty At the age of 13, Janan witnessed his father being beaten to death by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan and his mother dragged off into the night. Recognising... [Read more of this review]

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