England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan

2016 May Refugee Council reportRefugee Council:  Josephine Basedow and Lisa Doyle May 2016

Recommendations

• The Government should introduce an integration support service for newly recognised refugees, flexible enough to ensure those facing specific barriers can be supported to access all services to which they are entitled. Whilst all refugees will not need the same level of assistance as resettled refugees who have just entered the country, many of the same issues and barriers will need to be overcome with assistance from experienced professionals. Continue reading

Equal before the law?

 RtRThe UK government has proposed increasing the fees that need to be paid to appeal an asylum or immigration decision in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal in England and Wales:

http://www.righttoremain.org.uk/blog/equal-before-the-law-government-proposes-huge-court-fees-increase/

“We therefore propose increasing fees in the First-tier Tribunal from £80 to £490 for an application for a decision on the papers and from £140 to £800 for an application for an oral hearing. We also propose introducing a new fee of £455 for an application to the First-tier Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal…

The consultation proposes a fee of £350 for an application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal, where permission has been refused by the First-tier Tribunal, and a fee of £510 for an appeal hearing where permission is granted.”

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Petition: fees for applying for leave to remain

Sign PetitionPetition: The Government should not proceed with plans to increase immigration court fees.

The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants and asylum seekers pay to have their immigration/asylum cases heard in court. This huge rise in fee (eg. from £140 to £800 for a hearing in court) will prevent individuals from being able to take their cases to court.

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If the Home Office makes an incorrect decision on someone’s case, this can usually be appealed in court. The fee increase will make people unable to challenge such decisions, leading to severe disruption in their personal/family lives.

Only rich people will be able to access courts, as the proposed amounts are impossible for most immigrants and asylum seekers to pay. This is unacceptable.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/21/asylum-and-immigration-court-fees-set-to-rise-by-over-500

Sign this petition

Please sign and share. 10,000 signatures means that the government will respond; 100,000 is what is needed for a debate! So still some way to go…. (If you also have contacts to community justice groups, this is also part of a drive to turn justice into a commodity which is only accessible by the rich – it’s not only about asylum seekers.)

 

New Immigration Act – what can you do?

parliament_logoIf we  wish to write to our MPs about the new Immigration Act 2o16, we should raise the issues of
– detention: no maximum time limit has been introduced, so people are still detained indefinitely.  They will now be brought before a judicial authority within 4 mths which is too long, but better than nothing;
– ensuring that families and children are not left destitute, and that they are kept together;
– expansion of family reunion to include for example children aged +18.

The Immigration Bill “ping-pong” ends with a glimmer of hope for detention – our statement

2016 Detention Forum12 May 2016: The Immigration Act, scheduled to receive Royal Assent in the coming days, will introduce automatic judicial oversight on the UK’s use of immigration detention for the first time and a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women.  

During the passage of the Immigration Bill which began in October last year, the Government listened to growing disquiet over immigration detention, raised by Parliamentarians and the general public.

Two detention-related amendments (judicial oversight and the detention of pregnant women) became the focus of the ping-pong in the very final stage of the Bill, which concluded on 10th May 2016 at the House of Lords.  In the end, the Government’s amendments were passed.  You can read the transcript hereContinue reading

Immigration Bill final stages

parliament_logoImportant changes will be included in the otherwise very negative Immigration Bill which is about to receive ‘royal assent’ and become an Act:

1) automatic bail hearings for those who have been in detention for four months.
2) 72 hour time limit on detention of pregnant women.
The ‘Storify’ link below is well worth looking at.

The last stages of the Immigration Bill 9th & 10th May 2016

Here’s how an automatic bail hearings (after 4 months of detention) and a 72-hour detention time limit for pregnant women came into existence