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
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
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5 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
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With 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
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Red 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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Some 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
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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
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