10 years of Medical Justice

August 21, 2015 by  
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medical justice 10 years
FY2015 Annual Report : 1st Feb 2014 – 31st Jan 2015
Including reflection on the last 10 years : 2005 – 2015
Highlights of the last 10 years campaigning for medical justice ;
Volunteer doctor visits detainee on hunger-strike in Harmondsworth IRC
First campaign meeting held in Hyde Park Read more

Appeals heard under detained fast-track can be set aside and reheard

August 14, 2015 by  
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RtROn 2 July, the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the suspension of the detained-fast track system (which handles certain asylum claims, deemed to be quick and easy to resolve).  Read the story of the legal cases that led to the suspension in our blog post here.In Detention Action’s successful legal cases, the High Court and the Court of Appeal ruled that the appeals process of the detained-fast track was unlawful and ‘ultra vires’ (meaning the rules went beyond the authority of those responsible for setting them).   This verdict was confirmed again in a judgment issued on 29 August when the Court of Appeal rejected the Home Office’s legal challenge.Despite this,  the Home Office is still trying to forcibly remove people who have had their appeals heard within the fast-track system. Read more

RtR Conference invitation 5 September 2015

August 14, 2015 by  
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RtRRight to Remain is holding its national conference on Saturday 5 September, in London.

The conference (which is free) will be an opportunity to hear about our activities over the last year and the work of asylum/immigration rights groups across the UK, share what your group/organisation has been up to, and make links, friends, and allies with groups and activists and professionals from across the country.   Join us in thinking about how enforcement (Home Office reporting, immigration raids, detention etc) affects communities across the UK, what is being done about it and how we can campaign to change these practices. Read more

Damning reports of Yarlswood and The Verne

August 13, 2015 by  
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2015 June 6 YarlswoodFree Movement: Damning official reports on The Verne and Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centres

 BY Yesterday The Verne [ https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/08/The-Verne-web-2015.pdf ]Immigration Removal Centre was criticised by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons for its “prison-like” regime and high levels of violence and today HMIP described Yarl’s Wood [http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/08/Yarls-Wood-web-2015.pdf ]  as an issue “of national concern”. These are damning inspection reports and the Government’s only response is to express “disappointment” and point to the pending Shaw Review of welfare issues around immigration detention. More urgent action is needed to prevent further unnecessary suffering. Read more

JRF: How to improve support and services for destitute migrants

August 13, 2015 by  
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2015 Aug 12 JRF DestitutionExecutive summary:

Action is urgently needed to help destitute migrants

Many migrants in Britain who find themselves with no support or ability to return home face destitution; they are not allowed to work, have no access to benefits and in only a few cases get emergency help. Many of them have a case to stay in the UK but cannot quickly prove it. All are vulnerable to exploitation or otherwise at risk.

All reports from frontline agencies indicate that the problem is growing much faster than their ability to respond. While many of the issues discussed here apply to migrants from within the European Union, the needs of migrants from outside the EU (more precisely the EEA – European Economic Area) are particularly acute because they usually have more complex immigration issues and cannot readily return home. Providing accommodation and support for them is a huge challenge because of rules about ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF). The report focuses on this group. Read more

How many asylum seekers are really coming to the UK as European migrant crisis continues

August 10, 2015 by  
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2015 Aug 9

Independent: Only four per cent of first-time asylum applications across Europe in the first quarter of this year were lodged in the UK

LIZZIE DEARDENSaturday 08 August 2015

Despite panic about the “swarms” of migrants supposedly trying to reach British shores from Calais, only four per cent of Europe’s asylum seekers are applying to stay in the UK.

Statistics from the European Commission show that 185,000 people applied for asylum for the first time across the EU in the first three months of this year, but only a tiny fraction were in Britain. Read more

The Home Office deports thousands of migrants on secret flights from a private jet centre

August 10, 2015 by  
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2015 Aug 3 removalsNew Statesman: Some passengers will have been living in the UK since childhood; others might never have set foot in the country to which they are being deported.


People are deported on night-time charter flights. Photo: Flickr/STML, by James Bridle

In late July, we received word that two Home Office charter flights were set to deport hundreds of men to West Africa, on the evening of the 28th. One was scheduled to leave from Stansted Airport, so we went to have a look. Read more

Rule 35

August 8, 2015 by  
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parliament_logo FOI on Rule 35 in first quarter 2015: With thanks to No Deportations

An FOI on the number of Rule 35 reports made by a Medical Practitioner to the Home Office in the first quarter of 2015 has been published. In total, between January and March 2015, 25 reports were made, relating to 24 individuals. A

s a consequence of these reports 12 people were released from detention (50%). Read more

Calais: Statistics and facts matter. So do people.

August 5, 2015 by  
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Unguided PhilosophyUnguided PhilosophyMonday, 3 August 2015 - 

I will start by clearly defining the parameters of this post: This post is regarding asylum seekers, and specifically the events that are unfolding in Calais, it is not about economic migrants, it is about people who have migrated because they feel they have no other option.

Statistics and facts matter. So do people.

The Huffington Post published a brilliant article at the end of last month by Robin Lustig titled “Is It Time for Some Facts about Those Migrants?” (You can read it here). In it Mr. Lustig attempts to dispel some of the anti-asylum seeker rhetoric through a very simple tactic: the use of facts. This can be shocking to those who wish to postulate based solely on some populist rhetoric based in the fear of Britain no longer being Great. In this post I want to provide a brief overview of the arguments presented in the article as well as expand on them to include the reasons why much of the reasoning we hear to why we shouldn’t help others is dangerous and based in a false notion of us and them.  Read more

Refugees in Calais speak of desperate condition

July 31, 2015 by  
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2015 July 30 conversation photoThe Conversation: ‘Is this really Europe?’: refugees in Calais speak of desperate condition

As the sun sets on Calais, a new barbed wire fence glints in the evening light, casting a shadow over the growing migrant camp known as the “New Jungle”.

Through the thick undergrowth of what was once an industrial dumping ground, tents and tarpaulin structures stretch into the distance. These are the makeshift homes currently providing insufficient shelter from the elements for more than 3,000 refugees. On the other side of the fence, cars and lorries trundle towards the port of Calais – and the northern edge of the Schengen Area, where people can move freely across much of Europe. Read more

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