Hostile Environment victimises and criminalises

January 12, 2017 by  
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Government petitionThis is a genuine response from the Home Office to someone who reported that their Biometric Residence Permit was stolen: 
Good Afternoon
Thank you for reporting that your biometric residence permit (BRP) has been lost or stolen. We will now cancel your BRP ********* and it can’t be reactivated.
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Agreement not an Order!

December 17, 2016 by  
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Department for Education has agreement to share information of up to 1,500 children a month with Home Office

Education officials have an agreement to share the personal details of up to 1,500 schoolchildren a month with the Home Office to “create a hostile environment” in schools for illegal migrants, a newly released document has revealed.

The agreement, which has been in place since June 2015, is outlined in a memorandum of understanding between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Home Office that was released on Thursday after several organisations made a freedom of information request.

It says: “Where it is suspected that an [immigration offence] has been, or is being committed, the DfE will [share] their data with the HO [Home Office] to assist in the process of identifying potential new contact details (including addresses) for the individual(s) and their family members.”

#Unlocked16 – find out about detention

December 7, 2016 by  
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#Unlocked16 is here!

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“I knew nothing about this. I didn’t know about detention”

“The first time I found out about detention was when the key turned in the cell door. That was in Harmondsworth, in 2014.” Read more

Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible

November 24, 2016 by  
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2012 Sept 24 Freedom from TortureFreedom from Torure report: November 2016: Report: Home Office Mistreating Evidence Of Torture – RightsInfohttp://rightsinfo.org/freedom-torture-home-office-mistreating-expert-evidence-torture/

Many who seek asylum in the UK do so because they have suffered torture in their home country. Often they are forced to flee immediately and do not have time to gather evidence for their claim to asylum. Expert medical evidence of torture is sometimes the only evidence they have.

The report makes several findings about how the Home Office handles these claims:

  • Expert medical evidence is often disregarded or mistreated.
  • The standard of certainty required for medical evidence of torture to be accepted is nearly impossible to meet.
  • Many caseworkers view medical evidence as an ‘obstacle’ that they have to overcome in order to reject the application.
  • Caseworkers without clinical qualifications often replace expert medical evidence with their own opinions.

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Sanctuary in Parliament: 29 November 2016

November 17, 2016 by  
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city-of-sanctuaryDate: 29 Nov 2016       Time: 12:00 – 15:30

Venue: Committee Room 14 Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

P1730999Bookings are now open for the third Sanctuary in Parliament event which will be in Committee Room 14, Westminster on Tuesday 29th November from 12 to 15.30.  Arrival from 11.30. Our overarching theme is “Standing up for the Right to Asylum” and  we will cover Safe and Legal routes, A fair and just asylum system and Integration.

Committee Room 13 will also be available for constituents to meet with their MPs between 12.30 and 14.30. Read more

Home Office block on Afghan and Eritrean teen refugees ‘a disgrace’

November 17, 2016 by  
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‘Dubs eligibility rules’ restricting child migrant entry to UK by age and nationality slammed by shadow home affairs minister.

The Home Office has come under attack over the publication of new, highly restrictive, eligibility criteria for child refugees hoping to be transferred from France to Britain, which will stop many Eritrean, Afghan and Yemeni teenagers aged 13 or 14 getting sanctuary in the UK. Read more

Migrant Detention in the European Union: A thriving Business

November 9, 2016 by  
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migrant-detentionConclusion: Under the guise of “mass” migration, the EU and its Member States are continuously strengthening their systems to deprive migrant populations of their liberty. Emblematic of European policy for the exclusion of foreign nationals, migrant detention facilities offer fertile ground for human rights violations. The acts of resistance and rebellion by detainees are a sign of the injustice and despair caused to those who find themselves trapped inside.

For over thirty years, the EU and Member States have pursued a policy of detaining migrants, despite its limited effectiveness in reaching targets. In terms of deportation – which is supposed to be the main purpose ofmigrant detention – the figures show that many people held in administrative detention are never removed from the country. As to the objective of “controlling” migration movements, the experience of the past 20 years has shown that mechanisms put in place to control migration merely help to create more obstacles for migrants, often putting their lives at risk. Detention has failed to discourage migrants from attempting to cross borders. Read more

What does love call you to do?

November 6, 2016 by  
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quaker_home_theme1Quakers questionnaire: You may like to use this document to find out what your Meeting is doing: asylum-questionnaire-oct-2016:

A survey of ** Friends’ and Attenders’ existing and possible future interest and engagement

If there isn’t enough space for your responses, please feel free to expand as necessary, with extra sheets if replying on paper.

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Draft letter from Q Meeting to your MP re: children

October 31, 2016 by  
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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. Read more

Minutes from QARN Meeting 22 October 2016 in Manchester

October 25, 2016 by  
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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.

 

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