Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention

22.10.2018: In the last year, over 26,000 people were detained in the UK under immigration powers.

There is no time limit on how long people can be detained under immigration powers in the UK. That means that people are held in prison-like conditions with no idea when they will be released. There is plenty of evidence documenting the harm that this causes to those detained, and to their families and communities. Continue reading “Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention”

Campaigning for the Right to Work for People Seeking Asylum

Asylum Matters: 16.10.2018: Join us in Campaigning for the Right to Work for People Seeking Asylum
Asylum Matters has come together today with more than 80 charities, think tanks, faith groups, businesses and trade unions to launch the ‘Lift the Ban’ campaign calling on the Government to grant the right to work to people seeking asylum.

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QUNO: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

QUNO Geneva Reporter: Flawed diamond, not flawless pebble:
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

This July, the United Nations (UN) concluded negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). We asked Laurel Townhead, our Representative for Human Rights & Refugees, to share her perspective on the landmark agreement. Read more:

https://quno.org/timeline/2018/12/adoption-global-compact-safe-orderly-and-regular-migration-quno-guide-friends

Action to bring children from camps in Europe to UK

Some of the action to protect children …

Sue Clayton: CALAIS CHILDREN COURT CASE

CALAIS CHILDREN CASE IN THE HIGH COURT  FEB 28th -MARCH 2nd 2018

In momentous news, we are proud to announce that the case that Sue launched with lawyers Duncan Lewis reached the Royal Courts of Justice last week for a Judicial Review. Sue persuaded lawyers from Duncan Lewis Solicitors to visit the Jungle when she realised that most of the young people there had a legal case to already be in the UK.  The lawyers arrived and were able to take on 37 cases of minors with extreme vulnerability. Our case to have them brought here under the Dubs Amendment was rejected in the lower court and on appeal. However we were granted the right to a Judicial review where we have challenged the Home Office saying that their implementation of the Dubs Amendment is unlawful. For more, see this Guardian article and Goldsmith’s University news.

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Hostile or Compliant environment: some changes

Britain can be an unforgiving place for migrants.

The Government’s hostile environment (or, as ministers have since attempted to rebrand it , ‘compliant environment’) policies aim to make life unbearably difficult for undocumented people in order to deter more migrants coming to the UK and to encourage people to leave. Continue reading “Hostile or Compliant environment: some changes”