Home Office policy on age assessment ‘unlawful’

June 29, 2016 by  
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refugee-councilThe Home Office’s policy of judging the age of unaccompanied  children seeking asylum based on their appearance has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.

The judgment comes following a case involving a 16 year old unaccompanied Sudanese boy who immigration officials had wrongly judged to be an adult when he arrived in the UK and claimed asylum in 2014.

At the moment, the Home Office allows officials to treat someone claiming to be a child as an adult if they believe they appear to be ‘significantly over the age of 18’.

The Refugee Council has long called for this policy to be changed as it puts children’s safety at risk when immigration officials get it wrong as children are left without the specialist support and protection they need. Read more

Report about support for people seeking asylum – in Leicester

June 26, 2016 by  
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2016 June  Leicester reportThis is a report about support for people seeking asylum in Leicester: asylum-seeker-support-in-leicester

Unlocking Immigration Detention: Swansea

June 14, 2016 by  
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RtRPeople are being taken from our communities.  It’s time to stand up and say no.

Detention is one of the most harmful aspects of the UK’s asylum and immigration system.   Over 30,000 people are detained without time-limit every year, in conditions tantamount to high-security prison settings.  Tens of thousands more people live with the threat of detention constantly hanging over them.  The harm of detention doesn’t end with release – the people we work with describe the long-term physical, mental, and social damage done by this inhumane and unjust policy. Read more

Child refugee talks about his experiences

June 9, 2016 by  
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MPs raise concerns on treatment of refugees and asylum seekers

June 8, 2016 by  
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refugee-councilWrite to your MP about this …

A group of MPs has made a series of recommendations calling on the Government to improve the support and protection it gives to asylum seekers and refugees.

In its latest commentary on the quarterly immigration statistics, the Home Affairs Select Committee make a number of criticisms of the way the Government is currently treating asylum seekers and refugees. Among these criticisms is a call for the Home Office to rethink the way they treat unaccompanied asylum seeking children when they reach 18, with the Committee saying children should not be sent back to dangerous countries. Read more

England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan

May 25, 2016 by  
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2016 May Refugee Council reportRefugee Council:  Josephine Basedow and Lisa Doyle May 2016

Recommendations

• The Government should introduce an integration support service for newly recognised refugees, flexible enough to ensure those facing specific barriers can be supported to access all services to which they are entitled. Whilst all refugees will not need the same level of assistance as resettled refugees who have just entered the country, many of the same issues and barriers will need to be overcome with assistance from experienced professionals. Read more

Equal before the law?

May 25, 2016 by  
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 RtRThe UK government has proposed increasing the fees that need to be paid to appeal an asylum or immigration decision in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal in England and Wales:

http://www.righttoremain.org.uk/blog/equal-before-the-law-government-proposes-huge-court-fees-increase/

“We therefore propose increasing fees in the First-tier Tribunal from £80 to £490 for an application for a decision on the papers and from £140 to £800 for an application for an oral hearing. We also propose introducing a new fee of £455 for an application to the First-tier Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal…

The consultation proposes a fee of £350 for an application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal, where permission has been refused by the First-tier Tribunal, and a fee of £510 for an appeal hearing where permission is granted.”

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Petition: fees for applying for leave to remain

May 23, 2016 by  
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Sign PetitionPetition: The Government should not proceed with plans to increase immigration court fees.

The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants and asylum seekers pay to have their immigration/asylum cases heard in court. This huge rise in fee (eg. from £140 to £800 for a hearing in court) will prevent individuals from being able to take their cases to court.

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If the Home Office makes an incorrect decision on someone’s case, this can usually be appealed in court. The fee increase will make people unable to challenge such decisions, leading to severe disruption in their personal/family lives.

Only rich people will be able to access courts, as the proposed amounts are impossible for most immigrants and asylum seekers to pay. This is unacceptable.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/21/asylum-and-immigration-court-fees-set-to-rise-by-over-500

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Please sign and share. 10,000 signatures means that the government will respond; 100,000 is what is needed for a debate! So still some way to go…. (If you also have contacts to community justice groups, this is also part of a drive to turn justice into a commodity which is only accessible by the rich – it’s not only about asylum seekers.)

 

Support for ‘failed asylum seekers’ under the new Immigration Act

May 23, 2016 by  
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parliament_logoHere are parts of Schedule 11:
Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (provision of accommodation for failed asylum-seekers, etc ) is repealed.
Then: After section 95 insert—

95ASupport for failed asylum-seekers, etc who are unable to leave UK

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The Immigration Bill “ping-pong” ends with a glimmer of hope for detention – our statement

May 13, 2016 by  
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2016 Detention Forum12 May 2016: The Immigration Act, scheduled to receive Royal Assent in the coming days, will introduce automatic judicial oversight on the UK’s use of immigration detention for the first time and a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women.  

During the passage of the Immigration Bill which began in October last year, the Government listened to growing disquiet over immigration detention, raised by Parliamentarians and the general public.

Two detention-related amendments (judicial oversight and the detention of pregnant women) became the focus of the ping-pong in the very final stage of the Bill, which concluded on 10th May 2016 at the House of Lords.  In the end, the Government’s amendments were passed.  You can read the transcript hereRead more

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