FY2015 Annual Report : 1st Feb 2014 – 31st Jan 2015
If you know me please read this, feel free to share it if it resonates with you.
I think that the running theme that seems to come out of a visit to calais sprawling new jungle migrant camp is that its a place that verges on being inexplicable in words alone.
I consider myself to be a really strong person emotionally and yet my very short visit there to drop off the provisions that many of you kindly paid for has shaken my understanding of myself to its very core.
I consider myself to be compassionate, I am not compassionate enough.
I consider myself to be informed, I am not informed enough.
I believe that I see everyone as equal, I realise it is not enough to just “believe” this.
I think I question everything I read in the media, I now know that I don’t even come close.
I always thought that my values rested firmly in equality. I know now that my version of equality is completely wrapped up in my own little bubble of experience. Read more
Matthew Wright: CALAIS UPDATE I’ve just had a question from a group member about bringing donations to the camp. I thought the exchange would be of general interest. Please see below. Thanks for reading.
“I hope this message finds you well. I’m sure you are very busy so I’m sorry to disturb you but I was hoping you might be able to help. My husband and I are coming ot the camp on Saturday 29th August.
I have been collecting clothes and food via a Facebook campaign and we want to deliver it personally but also help in some way and hopefully get a chance to meet and speak to the people living in the camp. Read more
The conference (which is free) will be an opportunity to hear about our activities over the last year and the work of asylum/immigration rights groups across the UK, share what your group/organisation has been up to, and make links, friends, and allies with groups and activists and professionals from across the country. Join us in thinking about how enforcement (Home Office reporting, immigration raids, detention etc) affects communities across the UK, what is being done about it and how we can campaign to change these practices. Read more
Action is urgently needed to help destitute migrants
Many migrants in Britain who find themselves with no support or ability to return home face destitution; they are not allowed to work, have no access to benefits and in only a few cases get emergency help. Many of them have a case to stay in the UK but cannot quickly prove it. All are vulnerable to exploitation or otherwise at risk.
All reports from frontline agencies indicate that the problem is growing much faster than their ability to respond. While many of the issues discussed here apply to migrants from within the European Union, the needs of migrants from outside the EU (more precisely the EEA – European Economic Area) are particularly acute because they usually have more complex immigration issues and cannot readily return home. Providing accommodation and support for them is a huge challenge because of rules about ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF). The report focuses on this group. Read more
Independent: Only four per cent of first-time asylum applications across Europe in the first quarter of this year were lodged in the UK
Despite panic about the “swarms” of migrants supposedly trying to reach British shores from Calais, only four per cent of Europe’s asylum seekers are applying to stay in the UK.
Statistics from the European Commission show that 185,000 people applied for asylum for the first time across the EU in the first three months of this year, but only a tiny fraction were in Britain. Read more
New Statesman: Some passengers will have been living in the UK since childhood; others might never have set foot in the country to which they are being deported.
BY DANIEL TRILLING PUBLISHED
In late July, we received word that two Home Office charter flights were set to deport hundreds of men to West Africa, on the evening of the 28th. One was scheduled to leave from Stansted Airport, so we went to have a look. Read more