The Island by Armin Greder

February 9, 2017 by  
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The IslandWhen the people of the Island discover a man and a tattered raft on their beach, they are reluctant to take him in. He doesn’t look like them. But they cannot send him back to the sea where he will surely perish. Instead, they put him aside but even that doesn’t solve their problem.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Armin-Greder/dp/1741752663

Photos from the Forced Migration Conference Feb 2017

February 6, 2017 by  
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Some photos from the Conference,  and from the beautiful garden at Woodbrooke Read more

Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference 5 February 2017

February 5, 2017 by  
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quaker orangeMinute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference held at Woodbrooke 3-5 February 2017;

Hosted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, Quaker Council on European Affairs, Quaker United Nations Office, Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Woodbrooke.

We remind Quakers of Advices & Queries 33 and 32: Read more

UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs

February 1, 2017 by  
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UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs

Select committee calls for rethink of asylum seekers’ accommodation after reports of infestations of mice, rats and bedbugs …

QARN made a submission to this HASC inquiry.
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The Asylum Market:
The producers of this short, investigative documentary have taken the highly unusual step of releasing the entire film independently a) because crucial elements of the asylum accommodation issue are being overlooked by the mainstream media & parliamentary inquiries b) in direct recognition of those who had the courage to speak out, despite a culture of intimidation being created around the reporting of appalling conditions.
https://vimeo.com/201062637

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme

January 31, 2017 by  
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parliament_logoThe Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme Contents


Conclusions and recommendations

1.The success of the programme is dependent on pledges of offers of support from local authorities turning into firm places. The participation of local authorities in the programme is voluntary. Local authorities make indicative pledges to resettle refugees, which become firm offers once the local authority has secured appropriate accommodation, support and services. The number of refugees in the programme is small compared to the total number of people local authorities support. But some local authorities are concerned that the funding available will not be enough to cover the support and services they will need to offer refugees, particularly at a time when they face a number of other financial pressures. Practical issues such as whether families are ready and able to travel to the UK, and whether accommodation and school places are available in local authorities, have already caused delays in resettling refugees. There has also been some confusion over what local authorities are required to provide to refugees when they arrive. Failing to address these issues could pose risks to the successful delivery of the programme in future. The Home Office (the Department) told us that it has enough indicative pledges of support from local authorities to meet the 20,000 target, but it is essential that these materialise into firm offers of resettlement places. Read more

QARN next meetings

January 27, 2017 by  
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qarn logo smNext Meetings: 18th March at Friends House, Ada Salter 1

24th June, Leicester, including AGM – local groups to be invited

Response: Home Affairs Committee on an effective immigration policy

January 21, 2017 by  
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qarn logo smWritten evidence submitted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network 19.1.2017:

The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network links Quakers[1] from all over the UK.   This submission concerns Forced Migrants – refugee and asylum seekers.  The Select Committee will also receive submissions from individual Quakers and other groups of Quakers, many of whom are deeply engaged in work with and for forced migrants[2].

Quakers long standing track record of humanitarian support and concern for the homeless and displaced is best known for the KinderTransport which brought children to safety from Hitler’s Germany.  Those children have enriched the cultural and intellectual life of this country immensely[3]. The refugees and asylum seekers currently seeking a new life in the UK have already introduced enriching variety to our culture. Read more

Religion Spirituality and the Refugee Experience

January 17, 2017 by  
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Sue Ennis“Religion Spirituality and the Refugee Experience…” published 2016 by Palgrave McMillan UK (an academic at Oxford Refugee Study Centre linked me to Palgrave).

The book is at http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137563774#aboutBook

The book was launched by the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Prof Gillian Triggs in Nov 2016. This book is an out-growth of my PhD which is a long held Quaker Concern (see free access to PhD below)

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The research question: What role does spirituality and religion play in refugees’ flights from their home country and during their resettlement in host countries? Read more

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.
If you find your BRP, you must return it to the address below as soon as possible after you return to the UK Read more

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.”

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