The Regional Asylum Activism project has a section on its website with tools and resources for local groups and activists who are interested in campaigning on asylum issues. This has been recently updated with a briefing about how to set up a Lunchtime Campaign Group. For details see: http://regionalasylumactivism.org/resources/ Read more
CentreForum’s report, A place of sanctuary? urges the Government to make the asylum system fairer and more efficient. It argues that the most “draconian elements” of the current system were a response to the large number of applications in previous years which have fallen by 72% between 2002 and 2013. The report makes recommendations in the areas of institutional reform, detention, destitution, etc. For details see: http://www.centreforum.org/assets/pubs/a-place-of-sanctuary.pdf
Executive summary and recommendationsThe UK’s asylum system was severely tested by a surge in asylum seekersaround the turn of the century. The government responded with a flurry of legislation designed to curb numbers by restricting border access for potentialasylum seekers, reducing the scope for successful applications and appeals and by making living conditions more uncomfortable. Read more
The Refugee Council and Amnesty International are promoting an action with supporters calling on MPs to urge the UK Government to attend UNHCR’s urgent global resettlement conference on Syria on 9 December and to pledge more places for Syrian refugees in the UK. For more information and to take part in the action go to: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/syria
Despite Refugee Action’s apparently successful judicial challenge of the rate of asylum support payments an internal Home Office review has concluded there is no need to alter the basic rate of asylum support payments. They have even suggested that to equalise payments to parents for children by reducing the rates for under 16 year olds.
Currently 16 and 17 year old rate is £39.80 whereas under 16 year olds the rate is £52.96. Still Human Still Here will continue to lobby on this issue.
Early day motion 99
HIGH COURT JUDGMENT ON ASYLUM SUPPORT Read more
We ask Quakers to consider taking our Statment about Destitution to their Local Business meeting as a starting point on this issue, to ask for it to be passed up to Area meeting and then on to Meeting for Sufferings with a request that time is given to discerning a way forward on this issue.
The statement can be downloaded here: QARN Destitution statement 25 Oct 2014
Enforced destitution is being used as an instrument of immigration control and, increasingly, of other government policies which primarily affect the most vulnerable. Quakers believe that there is that of God in every person and strive towards equality of respect. Refusing people any legal means of survival or dignity is denying the divine and humanity, which can never be justified. While we being mindful of settled residents struggling with poverty and destitution because of austerity pay rates and austerity benefit policies, we should neither ignore nor blame those who have sought sanctuary in the U.K. Read more
It is with great sadness that we write to you today.
As the world faces its most pressing refugee crisis since the Second World War – with hundreds of thousands fleeing deadly conflicts and oppressive regimes across Africa and the Middle East – the announcement that Britain will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean has shocked us.
Where there should have been humanity, there was cold cynicism; where there should have been compassion, there was indifference.
This is not an issue of immigration or economics, but of ethics and morality. The announcement on Monday has revealed that Britain’s respect for the sanctity of human life has all but vanished. Read more
Hansard 30 Oct 2014 : Column 397
10.32 am Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab/Co-op) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on why the Government have decided not to support search and rescue operations for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.
The Minister for Security and Immigration (James Brokenshire): The United Kingdom has a long and proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those who genuinely need it. We work closely with our European neighbours to provide assistance to those fleeing from fear or persecution and to deter those whose criminal actions stand in the way of providing effective help. Read more
Three G4S guards killed Jimmy Mubenga, 46, as they restrained him on a flight from the UK, the Old Bailey was told.
Colin Kaler, 51, from Bedfordshire, Terrence Hughes, 53, from Hampshire, and Stuart Tribelnig, 38, from Surrey, deny the manslaughter of Mr Mubenga. Read more
Click here for the QARN submission with the full support of Quakers in Britain, to the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Refugees and Migration – Immigration Detention: 2014 Oct 1 Submission to APPG inquiry .
Here is a link to the Home Page: http://detentioninquiry.com/