Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Conclusions: This guide to the hostile environment may make for difficult reading, but its purpose is to help us to know our enemy.

Internal border controls amount to state-sanctioned discrimination
and are fundamentally incompatible with the human rights laws the
UK is signed up to. Continue reading “Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment”

Calais Children: A Case to Answer

You can ask for a copy of this film, and arrange a showing in your area:

This film was made by Sue Clayton as evidence for the Court that the Home Office is failing in its duty to children in Calais.  It is powerful , and Sue is going round the country to raise awareness of the issues it raises http://calais.gebnet.co.uk/home/upcoming-screenings.

See the website http://calais.gebnet.co.uk/: Continue reading “Calais Children: A Case to Answer”

Global Justice: the hostile environment does not work

Another blow for May’s hostile environment for immigrantsAisha Dodwell  20 February 2018

In the space of just two weeks, two separate parliamentary select committees have issued two damning blows to the government’s policy to create a ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants.  Continue reading “Global Justice: the hostile environment does not work”

HRW: Call to Greece #Opentheislands

13.12.2017: Good news! Last week the Greek government pledged to transfer 5,000 asylum seekers trapped on Greece’s islands, living in dangerous, overcrowded conditions, to mainland Greece by December 15. Currently, more than 1,500 people have already been transferred.

This decision came from the top – Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Which means we owe a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to him through our campaign, calling on him to protect these asylum seekers.

This is a major positive step, but there is more yet to do. Another 10,000 plus asylum seekers will remain trapped on the islands – some forced to sleep in summer tents or on the ground – because Greece, together with other EU countries, have a policy in place to prevent these people from leaving the islands and to try to return them to Turkey. Continue reading “HRW: Call to Greece #Opentheislands”

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

Drawing of a woman, man, child and baby.Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017

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

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.