How children’s charity Barnardo’s locks up kids with Guantánamo contractor G4S

September 13, 2014 by  
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2014 sept 12 BARNARDOSTOMTOM SANDERSON 9 September 2014: Britain’s leading children’s charity helps the world’s biggest security company lock up children who have committed no crime.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration fringe event at Labour Party conference

September 13, 2014 by  
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Yvette Cooper MP22 Sep 2014 - 17:30 - 19:00, Lecture Room, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration will be holding a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in September. The following meeting will be in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research. 
As the 2015 General Election looms, Labour is still trying to find the best way to talk to voters about immigration. What is Labour’s vision of the role migration plays in modern Britain and how does it fit with the range of voters’ concerns? What are the key messages that will win the support both of liberal public opinion and of those who are concerned about the impacts of migration in their communities?
Keynote Speaker

Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary


  • Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary
  • Tim Finch, IPPR
  • Margaret Burton, Ernst & Young
  • Don Flynn, Migrants’ Rights Network
  • Paul Blomfield MP, Chair

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

September 12, 2014 by  
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WoodbrookeA conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.

Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015

Course Details

Explore how the issues of detention, destitution and deportation are deeply related to Quaker concerns and Testimonies; find mutual support amongst f/Friends engaged in this emotionally demanding work; maintain your sense of hope, and find ways to be active for change. The Conference is suitable for Quakers – Members, Attenders, Enquirers – who are involved in asylum-related issues, those who are curious or upholding others, or who are active in other aspects of social justice. We hope Area Meetings will encourage participation.

Course Leader Information

Maud Grainger is Woodbrooke’s Faith in Action Tutor. She is interested in how we live our witness in the world and community activism.

Invited speakers include: Jerome Phelps from Detention Forum, which is working to change the system of immigration detention; Mike Kaye from Still Human Still Here Read more

Be the Change: health care

August 19, 2014 by  
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Over the last year, many of you have joined us in raising concerns about the Immigration Act and the government’s proposals to introduce charging for primary and emergency healthcare for anybody who doesn’t have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The Department of Health has now released its implementation plan and impact assessment for Phases 1-3 of its proposals to introduce charging for migrants and visitors to access the NHS. Read more

EDM 99: asylum support rates

August 19, 2014 by  
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parliament_logo‘Be The Change’ Action Update August 2014 - Regional Asylum Activism:

This month we are calling on you to urge your MP to support an Early Day Motion on raising asylum support rates, following the Government’s disappointing announcement that the level of asylum support will remain unchanged this year. We are also asking you to defend access to healthcare for people seeking asylumin the light of the Department of Health’s new implementation scheme for introducing charging for primary and emergency healthcare. Read more

John Vine: whats gone wrong with immigration

August 19, 2014 by  
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independentIf you haven’t time to read all of it these quotes are of particular interest:
“I meet a lot asylum-seekers and they always appear to me to be genuinely people who are fleeing persecution and deserve to be treated appropriately,” he says. “I don’t think they have a cushy life. Very often they rely upon the support of friends and families. My job is ensure that the Home Office treats those applicants properly, fairly and in accordance with the law.
As for what’s next, Mr Vine says he is looking for a “new challenge” but hints that he is interested in using his new freedom to take a more active role in the political debate around immigration. Read more

Letter to your MP – Call for a time limit on detention

August 5, 2014 by  
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qarn logo smHouse of Commons


Re: Call for a time limit on detention

As a Quaker and as one of your constituents, I wish to express my grave concern about the use of detention for immigration purposes. The decision to detain is not ordered by a judge and is not part of a criminal sentence. It is arbitrary, and the length of detention is indefinite. Britain has a long tradition of legal protection for civil liberties. This tradition is undermined every day that migrants are detained without time limit. Read more

Guide to participating in the Detention Inquiry

August 5, 2014 by  
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Detention ForumThe guide for groups who are wishing to take part in the detention inquiry is now ready.  It’s available from the Detention Forum webpage here:

Thanks to some of the Co-ordination Group members who provided assistance.  We prepared this in hast so it is likely to contain typos and errors. Read more

QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014

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qarn logo smWe are interested to meet with other Quakers who share our concern at Yearly Meeting Gathering –  August 2014

Events:  Read more

Immigration Detention Inquiry

July 30, 2014 by  
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2014 July 29Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the trauma of being imprisoned indefinitely.

Earlier this month MP’s launched an inquiry into the use of immigration detention and are inviting individuals with experience of detention to submit accounts of their experiences before 1 October 2014. Charities and organisations can also contribute. Read more Read more

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