The Immigration Bill will be in the House of Lords for the Report Stage on 9 March.

February 12, 2016 by  
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The final day of Committee took place on 9 February and included discussion of the Lord Dubs amendment for the resettlement of 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children (which was supported by the Labour frontbench). The full debate is available at:http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/160209-gc0001.htm#1602102000577

The Bill with all the Lords amendments added is here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2015-2016/0096/16096.pdf

The Bill as it was before is here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2015-2016/0079/15079.pdf

The entirely new parts are all these below:

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

8 Renaming of Gangmasters Licensing Authority

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Revealed: The thousands of former child refugees deported to Afghanistan and Iraq

February 11, 2016 by  
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BIJ logoThousands of young people who sought refuge in Britain as unaccompanied child asylum seekers have since been deported to war torn countries that are in part controlled by Islamic State, the Taliban or other repressive regimes, a Home Office minister has admitted.

James Brokenshire said that over the past nine years 2,748 young people – many of whom had spent formative years in the UK, forging friendships and going to school – had been returned to the likes of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria. Read more

Alternatives to detention

February 10, 2016 by  
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The UK detains migrants on a large scale, and has had limited success in developing alternatives. The British experience highlights the need for a cultural shift towards engagement with migrants in place of reliance on enforcement.

The development of alternatives to detention has become a significant global counter-trend to the normalisation of detaining migrants. Where alternatives have worked, they have relied on the engagement and participation of migrants themselves in immigration processes. Yet they have not worked everywhere, and the failures of states like the UK highlight important lessons. Read more

There Are Alternatives: Revised Edition

February 6, 2016 by  
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Here is a map of countries using alternatives: http://idcoalition.org/interactive-map-alternatives-to-detention/?location=uk

According to the UK Border Agency, Enforcement Instructions and Guidance Chapter 55.1.1. General: The power to detain must be retained in the interests of maintaining effective immigration control. However, there is a presumption in favour of temporary admission or release and, wherever possible, alternatives to detention are used (see 55.20 and chapter 57). Read more

Brighton and Hove: Sanctury by the Sea

February 5, 2016 by  
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city-of-sanctuaryWith this newsletter we hope to provide you with up to date information on the activities of  Sanctuary on Sea and other City of Sanctuary Groups, sharing exciting events and activities in your community through which you can show your solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers at the regional and national level.
 
For more up to date information follow us on  Facebook and Twitter. https://brighton-and-hove.cityofsanctuary.org
 
We would also like to invite all Brighton and Hove based groups to forward us events that you would like us to share in the next newsletter.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming events. Read more

Poor health, no wealth, no home

February 4, 2016 by  
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2016 Feb 3 Red CrossRed Cross report: Fleeing your home and arriving in a new country is a traumatic experience. The British Red Cross supports vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers as they settle into their new home and lives. But once here in the UK, many people who fled one extraordinary crisis now face another: destitution.

As one man said to us during the research: “You lose your whole self-worth.”

This latest report on destitution from the Red Cross uses the experiences of asylum seekers across South Yorkshire as a case study. However, the findings are likely to be echoed throughout the UK – and they paint a bleak picture:

Two-thirds of asylum seekers report regular hunger – and a quarter are going hungry every day.

More than half have no fixed address. In our experience, this adds to the risk of serious – including sexual – exploitation.

More than half said their health had worsened.

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All the world’s a stage: Shakespeare’s Globe takes Hamlet to Calais

February 4, 2016 by  
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Under a steely grey sky, in bitter cold weather, actors from Shakespeare’s Globe performed Hamlet on Wednesday to about 300 refugees in Calais at the ad hoc camp known as the Jungle. Read more

DW: More than 10,000 migrant children ‘missing’: Europol

February 3, 2016 by  
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2016 Feb 2Some 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe since their registered arrivals, according to Europol. The EU police agency fears many may have been forced into sex rings or the slave trade. Read more

What can I do – update

February 1, 2016 by  
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quaker_home_theme11 February 2016: Gov.uk: Syrian refugees: what you can do to help 

The refugees coming under the Vulerable Persons Scheme will have 5 years Leave to Remain in UK, and so will have a home, entitlement to work, and to claim benefits and allowances, but they will probably really appreciate a smiling face and open heart, a cup of tea, help to find their way around, and quiet time to recover from their experiences.

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Responses to the QPSW paper about sponsorship below:

February 1, 2016 by  
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qarn logo sm Updated 1 February 2016: Quakers have been asked to consider the QPSW paper regarding sponsorship of refugees, which will be before Meeting for Sufferings on Saturday 6 February 2015.  

Below are comments of some Quakers connected with QARN, reprinted with permission  – the original paper is here – http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/quaker-peace-and-social-witness-private-sponsorship-of-refugees. Quakers should discuss their thoughts with their own Meeting for Sufferings representative

Posted 31 January 2016 – this post will be updated as thoughts come in: Read more

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