‘The Scar Test’ @ Soho Theatre July 2017

The Scar Test is now open for booking. It runs at Soho Theatre (in London) from 5- 22 July. The play is about the experiences of women in detention in this country. Full details here – http://www.sohotheatre.com/w hats-on/the-scar-test/

Based on verbatim interviews, The Scar Test explores life inside Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, a place in which those seeking safe haven are thrown into a dark world under lock and key where their lives are regulated, privacy is non-existent and where every detainee has a story to tell.

Post-show discussions – Mon 10 and 17 Jul evening & Sat 15 and 22 Jul following matinees

Age Recommendation: 14+

Questions for Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

Detention Forum: Don’t forget that you can ask PPCs questions about topics that are not contained in their manifesto documents.  The more PPCs are asked about immigration detention and if they support #Time4aTimeLimit, a stronger message we will be sending to all the political parties that this is an important issue.

  • 8 June – Voting day.
  • 9 June – We will know the results!

Write to them! 

You can write to your PPCs using the sample letter here (link to the sample letter). Continue reading

Responding to forced migration – Refugee Week 2017

Rooted in the conviction that there is that of God in every person, Quakers across Britain are working to welcome people seeking sanctuary.

Throughout Refugee Week (19–25 June) Friends House Euston will be open as a space to discuss the role of culture in renewing and regenerating values rooted in love, unity and peace.

http://quaker.org.uk/our-work/social-justice/migration#heading-1 Continue reading

Ask your election candidates …

Thank you to those who contributions ideas for recommendations for the UK’s review under the UN Universal Periodic Review process. We put your suggestions out to diplomats here in Geneva, and we were pleased to see that refugees’ and migrants’ rights came up frequently during the review, which took place last week.  Continue reading

Despite the headlines, people care

‘Despite the headlines, people care’ say team behind new refugee befriending scheme

Londoners are being asked to take part in a befriending scheme that matches people with spare time and goodwill, to asylum seekers and refugees who are in need of friendship

A befriending scheme has been launched to match Londoners who have spare time and goodwill, with asylum seekers and refugees in need of friendship. Continue reading

Refugees Welcome? Executive Summary April 2017

“In the network we have people who are engineers, community leaders, teachers, people with important skills who can contribute to this country. When we’re talking about refugees that achieve great things for this country – like Mo Farah – not everybody is Mo Farah, but everybody has something to give to this country.”

Kolbassia, Survivors Speak Out network1 Continue reading

Children in Detention: Report on the Cedars

March 2017: C E D A R S Pre-Departure Accommodation Independent Monitoring Board 2016 Annual Report

2.3 Population Profile during 2016

The number of families accommodated at Cedars during 2016 was lower than in 2015, although this was for nine and a half months only. 14 families were accommodated during the reporting period.

The families represented nine different nationalities of which the top three were Albanian, Chinese and Nigerian. The top two religions were Islam and Christianity. Of the 14 families, two were removed from the UK, 12 were released into the community, of which five were released due to disruption or non-compliance. Three of these were released from Cedars and two at the departure point. Assessment, Care in Residence and Teamwork (ACRT) procedures were initiated six times, and there were no recorded incidents of actual self-harm. Continue reading

‘It’s a shambles’: data shows most asylum seekers put in poorest parts of Britain

More than five times as many destitute asylum seekers live in the poorest third of the country as in the richest third, according to a Guardian analysis, which has prompted leading politicians to call for a complete overhaul of the dispersal system.MPs have labelled the way asylum seekers are distributed around Britain “appalling”, “dreadfully designed” and “a deeply unfair shambles” because of the way it disproportionately houses people in poor, Labour-voting areas in the north of England and Wales, as well as Glasgow.