Liberty: Child Refugees

August 22, 2016 by  
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libertyIn May our MPs made a promise. Under huge public pressure, and the watchful eye of the House of Lords, the Government pledged in Parliament to protect unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.

That was 105 days ago and counting.
Since then almost no action has been taken to make good on this pledge. Lord Dubs himself – who was instrumental in securing it – has condemned the astonishing lack of urgency from central Government. Read more

Unlocking Detention 2016: be part of shining a spotlight in the shadows

August 22, 2016 by  
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RtREvery year for the past three years, Right to Remain has helped to run an innovative and participatory social media project that raises awareness of immigration detention in the UK – it’s called Unlocking Detention (http://unlocked.org.uk/) (or “Unlocked” for short).

Unlocking Detention is a ‘virtual tour’ of the UK’s immigration detention estate – and of the impact of detention on communities across the UK.  Each week, we ‘visit’ another of the UK’s detention centres and we hear from people who have been detained there (and who still are), volunteer visitors to that centre, NGOs and campaigners who are involved with challenging immigration detention, and the families, friends, neighbours and communities over whom detention casts its long shadows.  The tour runs from 10 October to 18 December 2016. Read more

APPG on social integration inquiry

August 22, 2016 by  
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parliament_logoThe All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Integration has launched an inquiry into how reform of the immigration system can put migrant integration at its heart. Written evidence must be submitted by 9 September (maximum of 2,500 words). For full details see: http://www.socialintegrationappg.org.uk/call-for-evidence-100816

Refugees Welcome march on 17 September 2016

August 22, 2016 by  
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Solidarity with RefugeesThe Refugees Welcome march will take place on 17 September starting in Park lane, London at 12.30.  For full details go to: http://swruk.org/refugees-welcome-here-2016/#details A full list of organisations supporting the march is available at: http://swruk.org/refugees-welcome-here-2016/#supporting-orgs

All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees

August 18, 2016 by  
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qarn logo smThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has launched an inquiry into the experiences of newly arrived and newly recognised refugees in the UK.  http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/appg-on-refugees-refugees-welcome-inquiry/ We are collecting information, anecdotes etc. to inform the inquiry. Please send contributions to Barbara Forbes: forbesbarbarae@yahoo.co.uk

Programme Developer – Forced Migration

August 12, 2016 by  
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quaker orangeSALARY                    £38,002 per annum

CONTRACT             One Year Fixed Term

HOURS                     35 hours per week

LOCATION               Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 

Britain Yearly Meeting is a radical church with a deep commitment to peace, integrity, equality, simplicity and sustainability. Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), is a hub within the organisation for action on peace and social justice.

Quakers have been taking action on Forced Migration in huge numbers all over Britain. But what can QPSW most usefully contribute?  We are seeking an informed and strategic person to scope and develop ideas for new work over an initial period of 12 months.

The post requires experience of designing and delivering change-making and movement. Can you work well with people in a diverse range of settings, from community groups to policy makers? Do you have up to date knowledge of current issues relating to forced migration? And experience of effective campaigning work with strong communication skills?  Then please apply!

Closing Date            Monday 12 September 2016 – 9am

Interviews                 Thursday 22 September 2016

For further information about QPSW, go to http://www.quaker.org.uk/our-organisation/our-structures/quaker-peace-and-social-witness-central-committee and for details on how to apply, go to www.quaker.org.uk/jobs

Britain Yearly Meeting is committed to equality in all its employment practices

 

from Refugee Council

August 11, 2016 by  
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Refugee Council blueThis September, world leaders will gather at two crucial summits aimed at finding solutions to the global refugee crisis. The first is being organised by the United Nations, the second by President Obama.

Never before have refugees been so far up the global agenda. But the time for talking is over. We need to see action, and we need to see it quickly.

This is the biggest opportunity of 2016 to show our Government, our Prime Minister and the world that Britain is ready to welcome more refugees and you can help. Read more

APPG on Refugees – Refugees Welcome Inquiry

August 11, 2016 by  
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Refugee Council blueThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has launched an inquiry into the experiences of newly arrived and newly recognised refugees in the UK. The inquiry will consider the experiences of refugees who have claimed asylum in the UK, as well as those of refugees who have arrived in the UK through other paths, such as resettlement. In particular, the inquiry will focus on the integration of new refugees, including success in finding employment, securing accommodation and, where appropriate, help with English language skills.

The cross-party inquiry panel is encouraging written evidence from a broad range of stakeholders, including government representatives and civil servants, local authorities, charities, researchers, and voluntary organisations working with refugees and refugees themselves. Evidence from people who have direct personal experience of the support systems for newly arrived and newly recognised refugees in the UK is particularly welcome. Read more

Britain must stop failing refugee children

August 5, 2016 by  
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guardian_logoGuardian: Child refugees are victims of contextual factors not of their own making but which are common to inhumanity: a toxic policy cocktail of deterrence; tokenism and symbolism fuelling government inertia (Britain leaves child refugees alone, afraid and abandoned, Amelia Gentleman, 3 August). First, they are being used as a deterrent to further migration, in the same way as paupers admitted toworkhouses under the poor law were used to deter dependency on the state…

Updates: concerns about decision-making and negativity

August 5, 2016 by  
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Still human still here1. Home Affairs Committee report issued

The Home Affairs Select Committee published a report on the Home Office Immigration Directorates, covering Q1 2016. On Eritrean applications, the Committee concluded that it is “unacceptable” that the Home Office is still getting so many of its decisions wrong and made a similar finding on Iranian cases (Paras. 31 & 32). It raised concerns over family reunion policy (Paras. 39 & 41) and the Government’s ability to meet its resettlement commitment to Syrian refugees and vulnerable children (Para. 36). It noted that if the DWP review concludes that there is a need for the grace period to be extended this must be implemented swiftly. The Committee “will return to this subject as part of our inquiry into asylum accommodation later this year.” (Para. 46). For the full report go to:
http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2015/160725-immigration-directorates-report-note/ Read more

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