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”

Harmondsworth immigration removal centre – persistent failings in safety and respect

Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC) at Heathrow, holding large numbers of men with mental health problems in prison-like conditions, continued to show “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees, according to prison inspectors.

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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”

Global Justice: the hostile environment does not work

Another blow for May’s hostile environment for immigrantsAisha Dodwell  20 February 2018

In the space of just two weeks, two separate parliamentary select committees have issued two damning blows to the government’s policy to create a ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants.  Continue reading “Global Justice: the hostile environment does not work”

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”

Guardian:The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us

Guardian:The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us

[…] I share this personal background because it sheds light on my emotional connection to the current global refugee condition, which I documented in the film Human Flow. My experience clarifies why I identify so deeply with all these unfortunate people who are pushed into extreme conditions by outside forces they are powerless to resist. […]

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/02/refugee-crisis-human-flow-ai-weiwei-china

Proposed changes to Family Reunion – please contact your MP

The Refugee Council, British Red Cross, Amnesty International and others are campaigning to change the UK’s restrictive rules on refugee family reunion. Currently, family reunion for adult refugees is limited to their partner and children under the age of 18. For child refugees, there is no right to bring any family members to the UK. Continue reading “Proposed changes to Family Reunion – please contact your MP”