Alternatives to detention

February 10, 2016 by  
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The UK detains migrants on a large scale, and has had limited success in developing alternatives. The British experience highlights the need for a cultural shift towards engagement with migrants in place of reliance on enforcement.

The development of alternatives to detention has become a significant global counter-trend to the normalisation of detaining migrants. Where alternatives have worked, they have relied on the engagement and participation of migrants themselves in immigration processes. Yet they have not worked everywhere, and the failures of states like the UK highlight important lessons. Read more

There Are Alternatives: Revised Edition

February 6, 2016 by  
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2016 Feb 55 Feb 2016: There Are Alternatives: Revised Edition: sign up here for information

Here is a map of countries using alternatives: http://idcoalition.org/interactive-map-alternatives-to-detention/?location=uk

According to the UK Border Agency, Enforcement Instructions and Guidance Chapter 55.1.1. General: The power to detain must be retained in the interests of maintaining effective immigration control. However, there is a presumption in favour of temporary admission or release and, wherever possible, alternatives to detention are used (see 55.20 and chapter 57). Read more

Brighton and Hove: Sanctury by the Sea

February 5, 2016 by  
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city-of-sanctuaryWith this newsletter we hope to provide you with up to date information on the activities of  Sanctuary on Sea and other City of Sanctuary Groups, sharing exciting events and activities in your community through which you can show your solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers at the regional and national level.
 
For more up to date information follow us on  Facebook and Twitter. https://brighton-and-hove.cityofsanctuary.org
 
We would also like to invite all Brighton and Hove based groups to forward us events that you would like us to share in the next newsletter.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming events. Read more

Poor health, no wealth, no home

February 4, 2016 by  
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2016 Feb 3 Red CrossRed Cross report: Fleeing your home and arriving in a new country is a traumatic experience. The British Red Cross supports vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers as they settle into their new home and lives. But once here in the UK, many people who fled one extraordinary crisis now face another: destitution.

As one man said to us during the research: “You lose your whole self-worth.”

This latest report on destitution from the Red Cross uses the experiences of asylum seekers across South Yorkshire as a case study. However, the findings are likely to be echoed throughout the UK – and they paint a bleak picture:

Two-thirds of asylum seekers report regular hunger – and a quarter are going hungry every day.

More than half have no fixed address. In our experience, this adds to the risk of serious – including sexual – exploitation.

More than half said their health had worsened.

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All the world’s a stage: Shakespeare’s Globe takes Hamlet to Calais

February 4, 2016 by  
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Under a steely grey sky, in bitter cold weather, actors from Shakespeare’s Globe performed Hamlet on Wednesday to about 300 refugees in Calais at the ad hoc camp known as the Jungle. Read more

DW: More than 10,000 migrant children ‘missing’: Europol

February 3, 2016 by  
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2016 Feb 2Some 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe since their registered arrivals, according to Europol. The EU police agency fears many may have been forced into sex rings or the slave trade. Read more

Immigration Bill continues

January 29, 2016 by  
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Still human still hereAmendments at Committee
Lord’s Committee takes place on 1 and 3 February next week and a number of amendments relating to asylum support have been tabled.
These include:
that clause 37 should not stand part of the Bill (which would mean that refused asylum seeking families with children would stay on S95 support);
that asylum seekers should have a right of appeal against a decision by the Home Office to refuse or discontinue s95A support;
and the move on period for those recognized as refugees before asylum support is cut off should be increased to 40 days.
In addition, important amendments have been tabled on
detention,
family reunion and
relocating 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from European countries to the UK
– to name but a few! (the Government’s press release on this issue is attached). The full list of tabled amendments is available at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/immigration/documents.html Read more

High-Tech Fortress Europe: FRONTEX and the Dronization of Border Management

January 29, 2016 by  
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2016 Jan 27 EUEuropean Public Affairs: 27 January 2016 | by 
Irregular migration has become one of the top issues on the European Union’s (EU) security agenda in terms of securing external borders, protecting the cultural and ethnic identity of EU Member States, safeguarding their socio-economic welfare systems, and combating terrorism and organised crime. Read more

Shaw: Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons

January 24, 2016 by  
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2016 Jan 14 Shaw reportA very important report to the Home Office by Stephen Shaw: [before you press ‘print’  this is 349+ pages long]

The Shaw review makes over 60 recommendations, which … Courtesy of ein  … are excerpted below:

Recommendation 1: I recommend that the Home Office prepare and publish a strategic plan for immigration detention.

Recommendation 2: The Home Office should consider how far it can encourage a more cohesive system through more joint training and planning, shared communications, and a recognition scheme.

Recommendation 3: Where weaknesses in particular policies have been identified in Mr Cheeseman’s audit, I recommend these be remedied at their next iteration. Read more

We as human beings have to reach out to fellow human beings

January 24, 2016 by  
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2016 Jan 23 CorbynIndependent: Refugee crisis: Jeremy Corbyn visits Calais Jungle and Grande-Synthe camps

‘These conditions are a disgrace anywhere. We as human beings have to reach out to fellow human beings’

Jeremy Corbyn MP today visited the Calais Jungle and Grande-Synthe (Dunkirk) refugee camps to see the humanitarian crisesthere first-hand. It was his first official trip abroad as Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Corbyn first paid a visit to the Jungle in Calais. He walked around the camp, took selfies with inhabitants and discussed what needed to be done to improve conditions there with camp elders and representatives of the major volunteer organisations.

He then made the short trip north to the smaller camp at Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, where conditions have been described as “far worse” than in the better-known Jungle. [Sheila’s note: there are quite a few Kurds in this Dunkirk camp] Read more

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