Deadline for submission of articles: 7th September 2015
Although the number of asylum applications in Europe remains at a very modest level compared with many other regions in the world, the number is on the rise and in 2015 an unprecedented number of refugees and other migrants have been dying in their attempts to reach European ports and find safety. The plight of migrants and refugees on the Mediterranean Sea has made frequent headline news, triggering impassioned debate among Europe’s citizens as well as its politicians. Read more
Emmaus is providing humanitarian aid to the 2,500+ migrants in the Calais area of northern France. This number is growing daily – many have survived Mediterranean crossings and some are fleeing the Syrian conflict. Since the clearance of the Sangatte centre most are now camped around the Jules Ferry Centre with one meal supplied once a day for a maximum of 1500 people. Migrants, including very young children – many of them unaccompanied, and pregnant women, are living in appalling conditions without decent shelter, enough food, nearby water, or other basic essentials. Read more
Pope Francis confronted the “racist and xenophobic attitudes” that often face undocumented immigrants by addressing the thousands of unaccompanied childrenincluded in their ranks.
In a message delivered to the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development on Monday, the pope drew attention to these migrant children who he said often undertake the dangerous border crossing alone in order to escape violence in their home countries: Read more
Early Day Motion 130: Yarl’s Wood IRC
That this House notes the work of and problems in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, and especially the poor treatment of women detainees by Serco; is concerned that despite this, Serco’s contract has been renewed; calls on the Home Secretary to reassess the entire detention process so that radical changes to the current system can be made; and urges her to seek alternative solutions to end the practice of detention before deportation.
Sponsor: Osamor, Kate House of Commons: <> 15.06.2015
Potentially damaging reports into the running of two immigration detention centres by private contractors must be released by the Home Office within weeks, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.
The documents will give detailed breakdowns and insight into the running of Harmondsworth, Britain’s largest immigration detention centre, and Colnbrook, both near Heathrow in west London. Read more
BASW: Local Authority Responses to Families with ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’
Implications for policy and practice: There is a range of steps which could be considered to address this situation.
The use of the ‘No recourse to public funds’ restriction as a means of immigration control – whether it is necessary and proportionate or alternatives could be deployed – is beyond the scope of this study. We suggest only that our findings should be taken into account in any review of the extent to which the NRPF restriction is used, not least for people who will be in the UK for long periods, recognising the implications for children in the small minority of families that become destitute and financial consequences for local authorities. Read more