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”

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Conclusions: This guide to the hostile environment may make for difficult reading, but its purpose is to help us to know our enemy.

Internal border controls amount to state-sanctioned discrimination
and are fundamentally incompatible with the human rights laws the
UK is signed up to. Continue reading “Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment”

Calais Children: A Case to Answer

You can ask for a copy of this film, and arrange a showing in your area:

This film was made by Sue Clayton as evidence for the Court that the Home Office is failing in its duty to children in Calais.  It is powerful , and Sue is going round the country to raise awareness of the issues it raises http://calais.gebnet.co.uk/home/upcoming-screenings.

See the website http://calais.gebnet.co.uk/: Continue reading “Calais Children: A Case to Answer”

The Privilege Walk: a diversity exercise for groups

The typical classroom version of this activity involves between 10-40 participants. Throughout the privilege walk, the following statements are read by the facilitator and the participants are asked to take a step forward or backward based on their responses. This activity forces participants to confront the ways in which society privileges some individuals over others. It is designed to get participants to reflect on the different areas in their lives where they have privilege as well as the areas where they don’t. Continue reading “The Privilege Walk: a diversity exercise for groups”

Refugee Council and Oxfam report: refugee family reunion

January 2018: SAFE BUT NOT SETTLED

Write to your MP: The launch of our report comes ahead of a crucial debate in Parliament in March where MPs will consider changing these rules.  We need at least 100 MPs to attend and vote to allow refugees in the UK to be joined by their families. You can help by making sure that your MP is one of them.

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This is a fundamental issue for Parliament and the UK Government, which has
a duty to consider not only the welfare of refugees but also the consequences
for social cohesion in the UK. The Refugee Council and Oxfam are calling on
the UK Government to: Continue reading “Refugee Council and Oxfam report: refugee family reunion”

Call for Evidence on Asylum Accommodation for Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

  • The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) is looking for evidence to inform an inspection of the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers. The ICIBI is particularly interested in evidence of positive or negative developments since the publication of the Home Affairs Committee report on asylum accommodation (January 2017). The areas being looked at include the initial allocation of asylum accommodation, the current dispersal policy and its geographical limitations, accommodation standards, and the end of process after a grant or refusal of asylum. They are particularly interested in gathering statistical evidence where available, as well as examples of good practice, and encourage all interested parties to share their views. Continue reading “Call for Evidence on Asylum Accommodation for Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration”

 ‘Injustice in Immigration Detention’, an independent report by Dr Anna Lindley

Injustice in Immigration Detention – Bar Council: New research reveals that immigration detention ‘operates in a very unjust way’, has a ‘flawed statutory framework’ & ‘inadequate routes to challenge decisions.’ Our international reputation is at risk’, warns Bar Council.

Migrants held in detention for too long with inadequate access to the courts or to legal help are among a catalogue of problems highlighted by Injustice in Immigration Detention’, an independent report by Dr Anna Lindley of SOAS, published today.

also, please note, from Detention Forum:  A Conservative MP supports a call for time limit, suggesting 28 days

Andrew Mitchell MP has now written for ConservativesHome calling for a time limit.  Some of us will be meeting his office early in the new year to follow this up.  Please share it widely with the hashtag of #Time4aTimeLimit