Comments Off on Minutes from QARN Meeting 22 October 2016 in Manchester
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.
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.
Comments Off on Association of Directors of Children’s Services: Support for unaccompanied children
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.
Comments Off on First of the huge court fee increases come into force
It 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.” Read more
Comments Off on What does detention mean to you?
By 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?” Read more
Comments Off on Free Webinars on Asylum Support
The 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:
Comments Off on Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives
In September, Detention Action issued a new report, Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives, which outlines how the use of detention could be avoided through prioritising meaningful engagement with migrants over harmful and costly enforcement. For the full report go to:http://detentionaction.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Without-Detention.pdf
Comments Off on Bring Children to Safety from Camps
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. Read more
Comments Off on QARN Conference: Forced Migration: how can Quakers Respond?
The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network Conference run in partnership with Woodbrooke, the Quaker Council for European Affairs, and Quaker Peace and Social Witness: http://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses.php?action=course&id=11305
Friday 3 February 2017 – Sunday 5 February 2017 Read more
Comments Off on Dungavel immigration detention centre to close
8 September 2016: The controversial Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Lanarkshire is to be closed, the Home Office has announced.
The centre, near Strathaven, is set to close towards the end of 2017.
The Home Office said it would look to build a new short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport. Read more