Draft letter from Q Meeting to your MP re: children

qarn logo smDear [MP’s names],

I am writing to you on behalf of [name of meeting] Quaker Meeting as the MPs who in your different constituencies represent the members of our Meeting

I am writing to express our deep concern for the safety of the unaccompanied refugee children currently in Calais and the surrounding area. Over 1000 unaccompanied minors are currently facing eviction by the end of October. Nearly 400 of these have a legal right to come to the UK under the Amendment made in Parliament following the recommendation of Lord Dubs and in line with the Dublin III agreement. Continue reading

Minutes from QARN Meeting 22 October 2016 in Manchester

Minute 16/06

We will sometimes invite organisations to talk with us about issues that we hold a concern about, and where relevant we will welcome local groups in the areas where we hold meetings to share their work and experience with us for a short while during out meeting.

We need to consider how we get the voice of people in this system into our meeting. Would this be by inviting people in.

 

Minute 16/07

We warmly welcome the arrival in the UK of unaccompanied minors from Calais under both the Dublin III agreement and the Dubs Amendment. However, we remain very concerned at the lateness and apparent reluctance of the UK government’s response. Many children remain in temporary accommodation both in Calais and the UK, including in a detention centre. We do not yet know if any have gone missing, as 129 did when part of the camp was cleared earlier in the year. We deplore the lack of political will that has led to such a tardy response, and urge the government to speed up the admission process for all these vulnerable young people.

We agree to send this Minute to the Recording Clerk and QPSW for consideration as a matter of urgency, for proportionate action.

 

Association of Directors of Children’s Services: Support for unaccompanied children

adcs-on-uascsFAQ General

Q. What is the definition of an unaccompanied asylum seeking child?

The definition of an unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC) is set out in the Immigration Rules. It states that a UASC is someone who:

  • is under 18 years of age when the claim is submitted;
  • is claiming in their own right; and
  • is separated from both parents and is not being cared for by an adult who in law or by custom has responsibility to do so.

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Crowd Funding request by JCWI

jcwi-logoChallenge to the five-fold increase to Immigration Tribunal fees

By Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
The Government is raising immigration and asylum tribunal fees by an unprecedented amount, in the face of almost universal opposition. Help us ensure that not only the rich are able to challenge incorrect Government decisions, by contributing to this urgent legal action.

First of the huge court fee increases come into force

RtRIt may not surprise you to learn that, following a public consultation over the proposed hike in immigration and asylum court fees during which lawyers, NGOs and the public warned the government the fees would severely impede access to justice and threaten the rule of law, the goverment is introducing said increase as of today, Monday 10 October 2016.

As Jo Wilding has pointed out in her article in The Conversation, this is a:

“huge increase in procedural costs after the government announced fee hikes of over 500% for some types of appeal through the immigration and asylum tribunals.” Continue reading

What does detention mean to you?

unlock-detention-2016By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain: Unlocking Detention 2016 started today (Monday 10 October), and runs until 18 December.  There are so many ways to get involved (see here), to help shine a spotlight on the grave civil rights abuse that is immigration detention. http://unlocked.org.uk/

One of the ways we’re asking people to join the conversation, and creatively connect with this issue, is to draw a picture in response to the question: “What does detention mean to you?” Continue reading

Free Webinars on Asylum Support

asapThe Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) is offering Free Webinars on Asylum Support October 2016 on 

31 October 2016 from 2:00pm-3:30pm

 This introductory-level webinar, for delegates with no or limited experience working with asylum seekers, will provide an overview of the asylum support system, and equip delegates with the confidence to identify what type of asylum support a person might be entitled to.

To register, please click the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

https://asaproject.clickmeeting.com/intro-to-asylum-support/register

Bring Children to Safety from Camps

help-refugeesCampaigning to Protect Refugee Children

Time for action – the UK Government must deliver on its refugee children commitment now
“Once in a while, there are major challenges that test our humanitarianism, and Europe’s refugee crisis is surely one such challenge.”
Lord Dubs
Ask your local Councillor to pressure Government into action today.

In May 2016 the Government made a commitment to work with local councils to bring unaccompanied refugee children in Europe to safety in the UK, under an agreement called the “Dubs scheme”.

Three months on and they have completely failed to deliver on this promise. Continue reading