Home Office Introduction of ‘Safe Country Review’ for Refugee Settlement

March 17, 2017 by  
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The Home Office has announced a new policy ending automatic settlement for refugees after 5 years. The policy states that ‘all those who apply for settlement protection after completing the appropriate probationary period of limited leave will be subjected to a safe return review’. The idea of ‘safe return reviews’ was introduced by Theresa May while she was Home Secretary in her 2015 Conservative Party Conference speech with the stated intention behind it to ensure that ‘only those who continue to need protection benefit from settlement on this route’. Concerns cited around the policy include the impact on the integration opportunities of refugees, particularly in terms of challenges in accessing work and education given automatic settlement is no longer guaranteed, as well as the bureaucratic burden on the Home Office to actively review individual cases. A response from Refugee Council is here.

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Red Coss: Can’t stay. Can’t go

March 17, 2017 by  
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CAN’T STAY. CAN’T GO. Refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned:
Conclusion
Refused asylum seekers who, through no faultof their own, cannot be returned to their country
of origin, risk falling into crisis. Many remain in the UK for extended periods of time and, withoutsupport, are vulnerable to exploitation. They are also likely to drop off the radar, which makes iteven less likely that they can be returned. The Red Cross believes it is inhumane to keep them livingin destitution for years with no recognition of the suffering they face.
Recommendations
For the Home Office
1.Refused asylum seekers who cannot return home due to such issues as lack of documentation should not be made destitute. Our recommendations include the need to: Read more

Forced Migration – policy, trends, activism

March 14, 2017 by  
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Click on this link for Gina Clayton’s powerpoint: Forced Migration in the UK

  • Forced Migration in the UK: National policy, CURRENT TRENDS and Local Activism
Other relevant resources :
There are thousands of immigration rules. Parts 11 and 11B deal with asylum.
The UK asylum process is described in full here: http://www.asylumineurope.org/reports/country/united-kingdom.
An excellent guide to the process is here: http://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/.

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HMIP has published its inspection report on Brook House IRC

March 14, 2017 by  
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On the whole, the inspection team says that the there have been improvements to the detention condition.  The team makes two main recommendations covering two issues:  1) long term detention and 2) that the prison-like infrastructure is not appropriate and needs improvement.

The inspection report is hereRead more

We will be adding videos of Conference talks here

March 14, 2017 by  
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Andrew Lane from QCEA:

 

Jane and John video

March 14, 2017 by  
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Right2Be video: Through first-hand narrative of asylum seekers and a number of organisations who support them, this short film made by Warwick law students, provides an insight into the life of asylum seekers highlighting the difficulties they face, the absence of legal protection and the lacuna created thereafter. In the video, Right to Remain explains the barriers people face in the asylum process, and how this can mean that people cannot access justice and establish their legal rights.  Read more

Test post

February 28, 2017 by  
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Having difficulty with the website – just testing … so for now here is a picture of Maud’s smile at Woodbrooke 🙂

Photos from the Forced Migration Conference Feb 2017

February 6, 2017 by  
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Minute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference 5 February 2017

February 5, 2017 by  
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quaker orangeMinute from the ‘Forced Migration: how can Quakers respond’ Conference held at Woodbrooke 3-5 February 2017;

Hosted by the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, Quaker Council on European Affairs, Quaker United Nations Office, Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Woodbrooke.

We remind Quakers of Advices & Queries 33 and 32: Read more

UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs

February 1, 2017 by  
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UK asylum seekers’ housing branded ‘disgraceful’ by MPs

Select committee calls for rethink of asylum seekers’ accommodation after reports of infestations of mice, rats and bedbugs …

QARN made a submission to this HASC inquiry.
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The Asylum Market:
The producers of this short, investigative documentary have taken the highly unusual step of releasing the entire film independently a) because crucial elements of the asylum accommodation issue are being overlooked by the mainstream media & parliamentary inquiries b) in direct recognition of those who had the courage to speak out, despite a culture of intimidation being created around the reporting of appalling conditions.
https://vimeo.com/201062637

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