November 2016 HMIP inspection report of Morton Hall

The latest HMIP inspection report of Morton Hall detention centre is published today.
Morton Hall is particularly isolated and is often portrayed as “dangerous”, because people simply know so little about Morton Hall.  It is one centre that probably receives the least amount of coverage in general.  So please help raise awareness of what’s happening there by sharing some of the material here.

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Factsheet on immigration detention

Detention Forum information: CPT has published factsheets on immigration detention.  There is a useful reference on the time limit issue (page 2, at the bottom of section 1).
  • The CPT is of the view that the prolonged detention of persons under aliens legislation, without a time limit and with unclear prospects for release, could easily be considered as amounting to inhuman treatment.

Home Office Introduction of ‘Safe Country Review’ for Refugee Settlement

The Home Office has announced a new policy ending automatic settlement for refugees after 5 years. The policy states that ‘all those who apply for settlement protection after completing the appropriate probationary period of limited leave will be subjected to a safe return review’. The idea of ‘safe return reviews’ was introduced by Theresa May while she was Home Secretary in her 2015 Conservative Party Conference speech with the stated intention behind it to ensure that ‘only those who continue to need protection benefit from settlement on this route’. Concerns cited around the policy include the impact on the integration opportunities of refugees, particularly in terms of challenges in accessing work and education given automatic settlement is no longer guaranteed, as well as the bureaucratic burden on the Home Office to actively review individual cases. A response from Refugee Council is here.

Thanks, to Asylum Matters

Red Coss: Can’t stay. Can’t go

CAN’T STAY. CAN’T GO. Refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned:
Conclusion
Refused asylum seekers who, through no faultof their own, cannot be returned to their country
of origin, risk falling into crisis. Many remain in the UK for extended periods of time and, withoutsupport, are vulnerable to exploitation. They are also likely to drop off the radar, which makes iteven less likely that they can be returned. The Red Cross believes it is inhumane to keep them livingin destitution for years with no recognition of the suffering they face.
Recommendations
For the Home Office
1.Refused asylum seekers who cannot return home due to such issues as lack of documentation should not be made destitute. Our recommendations include the need to: Continue reading

Forced Migration – policy, trends, activism

Click on this link for Gina Clayton’s powerpoint: Forced Migration in the UK

  • Forced Migration in the UK: National policy, CURRENT TRENDS and Local Activism
Other relevant resources :
There are thousands of immigration rules. Parts 11 and 11B deal with asylum.
The UK asylum process is described in full here: http://www.asylumineurope.org/reports/country/united-kingdom.
An excellent guide to the process is here: http://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/.

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Debate: detention of vulnerable people

Anne McLaughlin MP has a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 14 March from 2.30pm to 4pmon the detention of vulnerable people. 
The debate is “on behalf of the SNP Group to raise the Shaw Review and progress since its publication last year” – however, it is not exclusively about SNP and we hope other MPs will also speak at the debate.  
Just a reminder that one of the key advocacy asks of the Detention Forum is ending the detention of vulnerable people, so this is quite important.
QARN statement will be uploaded here

Jane and John video

Right2Be video: Through first-hand narrative of asylum seekers and a number of organisations who support them, this short film made by Warwick law students, provides an insight into the life of asylum seekers highlighting the difficulties they face, the absence of legal protection and the lacuna created thereafter. In the video, Right to Remain explains the barriers people face in the asylum process, and how this can mean that people cannot access justice and establish their legal rights.  Continue reading