Proposed changes to Family Reunion – please contact your MP

The Refugee Council, British Red Cross, Amnesty International and others are campaigning to change the UK’s restrictive rules on refugee family reunion. Currently, family reunion for adult refugees is limited to their partner and children under the age of 18. For child refugees, there is no right to bring any family members to the UK. Continue reading “Proposed changes to Family Reunion – please contact your MP”

Quakers: Sanctuary Everywhere Manifesto – challenging the ‘hostile environment’

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Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.

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Independent: Austrian authorities investigate after 11-year-old Afghan boy ‘kills himself in refugee camp’

The child was left to care for his six siblings, according to reports …

‘Authorities said they noticed “nothing unusual”. The boy’s death appeared to be the latest in a wave of suicides among young refugees in Europe.

The UN’s children agency Unicef has denounced “the lack of protective measures for migrant children in Europe”, accusing EU member states of doing “much too little”. ‘

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/suicide-afghan-refugee-eleven-year-old-boy-vienna-camp-crisis-afghanistan-conditions-investigation-a8063171.html

The Home Office’s consideration of children’s ‘best interests’ – Call for evidence

The Chief Inspector requests evidence for his inspection on how the Home Office ensures it acts in the ‘best interests’ of unaccompanied asylum seeking children Continue reading “The Home Office’s consideration of children’s ‘best interests’ – Call for evidence”

Costing Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children July 2017

5. Conclusions:

5.1 This research clearly demonstrates a significant gap in UASC funding. The results of the financial analysis above give an average cost to local authorities supporting UASC in their care as £55,194 per UASC per annum. By comparison with the weighted average Home Office reimbursement per UASC per annum of £30,231, a current funding shortfall to East Midlands local authorities of £24,963 per UASC per annum can be identified. In other words, present Home Office funding levels cover just over half (54.8%) of the costs incurred by local authorities in support of the current UASC cohort. Continue reading “Costing Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children July 2017”

QCEA: Child Immigration Detention in Europe

This report explores aspects of child immigration detention in Europe. After briey describing the legal framework and standards at international and European levels, the report gives an overview of the situation in Europe by addressing three main questions: How many children are detained in the context of migration?
Which laws and policies regulate the practice, and what are the existing alternatives to child immigration detention
The report also discusses the impacts of detention, giving special attention to the different impacts on girls and boys in detention.
The report concludes by reasserting that detention is never in the best interests of a child, having detrimental impact on health and well-being. While there is an international growing consensus on the need for alternatives to detaining children,
European countries are continuing to do so.

Children in Detention: Report on the Cedars

March 2017: C E D A R S Pre-Departure Accommodation Independent Monitoring Board 2016 Annual Report

2.3 Population Profile during 2016

The number of families accommodated at Cedars during 2016 was lower than in 2015, although this was for nine and a half months only. 14 families were accommodated during the reporting period.

The families represented nine different nationalities of which the top three were Albanian, Chinese and Nigerian. The top two religions were Islam and Christianity. Of the 14 families, two were removed from the UK, 12 were released into the community, of which five were released due to disruption or non-compliance. Three of these were released from Cedars and two at the departure point. Assessment, Care in Residence and Teamwork (ACRT) procedures were initiated six times, and there were no recorded incidents of actual self-harm. Continue reading “Children in Detention: Report on the Cedars”

Home Office block on Afghan and Eritrean teen refugees ‘a disgrace’

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‘Dubs eligibility rules’ restricting child migrant entry to UK by age and nationality slammed by shadow home affairs minister.

The Home Office has come under attack over the publication of new, highly restrictive, eligibility criteria for child refugees hoping to be transferred from France to Britain, which will stop many Eritrean, Afghan and Yemeni teenagers aged 13 or 14 getting sanctuary in the UK. Continue reading “Home Office block on Afghan and Eritrean teen refugees ‘a disgrace’”

Association of Directors of Children’s Services: Support for unaccompanied children

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Q. What is the definition of an unaccompanied asylum seeking child?

The definition of an unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC) is set out in the Immigration Rules. It states that a UASC is someone who:

  • is under 18 years of age when the claim is submitted;
  • is claiming in their own right; and
  • is separated from both parents and is not being cared for by an adult who in law or by custom has responsibility to do so.

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