Guardian: We are locking up people indefinitely. This inhumane practice needs to end

24.8.2017: 

We are the only country in Europe to hold migrants in detention centres with no time limit – some of them for years. We can’t let the government off the hook.

Behind today’s headlines about net migration figures lurk statistics on those hidden within the UK’s immigration detention estate. We can’t let the government off the hook for failing to reduce our use of detention. With Brexit on the horizon our immigration system must be fit for purpose, now more than ever. Continue reading

Costing Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children July 2017

5. Conclusions:

5.1 This research clearly demonstrates a significant gap in UASC funding. The results of the financial analysis above give an average cost to local authorities supporting UASC in their care as £55,194 per UASC per annum. By comparison with the weighted average Home Office reimbursement per UASC per annum of £30,231, a current funding shortfall to East Midlands local authorities of £24,963 per UASC per annum can be identified. In other words, present Home Office funding levels cover just over half (54.8%) of the costs incurred by local authorities in support of the current UASC cohort. Continue reading

Hosting Toolkit: A Resource for Hosting Schemes

NACCOM members including Homeless Link have recently launched the ‘Hosting Toolkit’, a comprehensive guide for schemes accommodating destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. The resource has been developed in response to growth in hosting provision across the UK (particularly over the last 2 years) and is designed to be a practical guide both for people exploring hosting for the first time and for existing schemes wanting to learn from others. You can find the toolkit here and partners are encouraged to share with their networks and promote on social media using #hostingtoolkit. Homeless Link have published a feature blog on their website, guest written by Vicki Harris from Action Hosting in Newcastle. You can read the blog here.

Request to change humanitarian protection status to refugee status

Use this form if you were resettled under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme or the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/request-to-change-humanitarian-protection-status-to-refugee-status

Yearly Meeting Gathering – Tuesday 1 August: Session 4 – Bridget Walker:

Yesterday Steve talked of speaking truth to power , drew on the image that Jesus used of binding the strong man, and asked us how ready we are to take on the Strong One.

Today I would like to start by asking how do we recognise that Strong One.

In 1919 William Charles Braithwaite wrote: ‘ Evils which have struck their roots deep in the fabric of human society are often accepted, even by the best minds, as part of the providential ordering of life. They lurk unsuspected in the system of things…..’ QfP 23.05

Identifying the evils in our society Continue reading

NACCOM: HOSTING TOOLKIT

A COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE FOR HOSTING SCHEMES THAT ACCOMMODATE DESTITUTE ASYLUM SEEKERS, REFUGEES AND OTHER MIGRANTS.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS GUIDE? This guide is primarily for people who are considering becoming a host, or people who are considering setting up a scheme in their area. The information in the guide has been put together from a number of NACCOM schemes, some of which have been operating for many years. It is a product of diligent research and experience…. Continue reading