Dungavel immigration detention centre to close

September 14, 2016 by  
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8 September 2016: The controversial Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Lanarkshire is to be closed, the Home Office has announced.

The centre, near Strathaven, is set to close towards the end of 2017.

The Home Office said it would look to build a new short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport. Read more

REFUGEE CRISIS: Faith Leaders’ Open Letter to the Prime Minister

September 13, 2016 by  
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12 September 2016: We are leaders from Britain’s major faiths: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian.  All our faiths compel us to affirm the dignity of all human beings and to offer help to anyone in need. As people of faith, we call on your Government urgently to revise its policy towards refugees. 

The best of this country is represented by the generosity, kindness, solidarity and decency that Britain has at many times shown those fleeing persecution, even at times of far greater deprivation and difficulty than the present day. We rejoice in the mosaic of different faiths and British communities that we now represent.   We are proud that in May 2016, in a survey by Amnesty International, 83% of Britons said they would welcome refugees into their neighbourhoods and households. Read more

Refugees Welcome – Invitation for 6 October 2016

August 31, 2016 by  
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I would like to invite you and your members, clients, supporters, members to join us in a march and rally to send a message to our government – ahead of the global summits on refugees on September 19th and 20th – that the UK must do more to share responsibility.
Let’s make this huge!
You can see all the details on our website here:

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

 

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

‘Risky Things’ Theatre and Film: Blue Moment – 45 minute film drama

August 1, 2016 by  
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2016 Risky Things film Blue MomentRefugee Support- do you need:

  • Training material for new volunteers & staff
  • Ways to help local people engage with refugees

Kate Hampson as therapist Carole with Misha Duncan Barry as refugee Alia

Blue Moment – 45 minute film drama
A refugee seeks asylum in Britain today. Read more

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees

July 31, 2016 by  
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Scottish Faith Action GroupScottish Faiths Action for Refugees is a project which seeks to co-ordinate and promote action by faith communities in Scotland to support asylum seekers and refugees.

Offering hospitality to strangers is a common requirement of many different faith traditions. All religions teach a form of the Golden Rule (treat others as you would wish to be treated) and that there is an inherent value and dignity to every human being – and that our common humanity transcends national, racial, cultural or linguistic barriers.

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Colnbrook Detention Centre inspection – a mixed picture and a need for a ‘strict time limit’

July 31, 2016 by  
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HM Inspectors PrisonsDetention Forum: 28 July 2016: In its latest inspection report on Colnbrook detention centre, HM Inspector of Prisons said ‘There should be a strict time limit on the length of detention and caseworkers should act with diligence and expedition.’

Colnbrook detention centre, near Heathrow Airport, detains up to 396 migrants, including 27 women who are held in a separate unit.  The centre suffered from a lack of maintenance during the period of management contract transfer from Serco to Mitie a few years ago, resulting in significant deterioration of parts of the centre.  Read more

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