Harmondsworth immigration removal centre – persistent failings in safety and respect

Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC) at Heathrow, holding large numbers of men with mental health problems in prison-like conditions, continued to show “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees, according to prison inspectors.

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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”

Guardian:The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us

Guardian:The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us

[…] I share this personal background because it sheds light on my emotional connection to the current global refugee condition, which I documented in the film Human Flow. My experience clarifies why I identify so deeply with all these unfortunate people who are pushed into extreme conditions by outside forces they are powerless to resist. […]


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”

Immigration policy: basis for building consensus

Second Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the  report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 10 January 2018

Immigration is a crucial policy area for the UK Government. It has implications for the economy, public services and community cohesion, and has always been part of
our history as generations of immigration have brought benefits to our economy and
culture. Continue reading “Immigration policy: basis for building consensus”

Further concerns about the Home Office system

Guardian: 25.12.2017 – Asylum offices ‘in a constant state of crisis’, say whistleblowers

Two whistleblowers claim Home Office departments delay asylum applications for profit

Staff in the Home Office’s asylum directorate are undertrained, overworked and operating in a “constant state of crisis”, two whistleblowers have claimed, as applicants endure long waits to have their case dealt with due to internal pressures.

The Home Office staff have also told the Guardian that asylum case workers are making poor decisions about applications because they are under pressure to focus on more profitable visa applications. Despite a “shocking increase in complaints (from applicants) and MP enquiries questioning delays”, they say caseworkers have been told to brush off all enquires and “just give standard lines” of response when called to account….

G4S and other housing providers in the headlines again

The Home Office says that asylum seekers deserve ‘safe, habitable’ homes. What too many of them get is filth and squalor.

The cramped upstairs box room was meant to be used by one of Duminda’s children, but it is not in a fit state. An old mattress is propped up against the wall, and behind it is an expanse of black-green mould. In the downstairs bathroom, there is similarly widespread damp, and a smell that suggests the problem is serious. “We worry about the kids’ health,” Duminda tells me. …