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Channel migrants are sent 500 miles on buses to Scotland after arriving on beaches in Kent as record 4,000 make dangerous crossing this month

Dozens took the eight-hour journey to Dungavel immigration detention centre Until now, migrants have been processed in Home Office facilities near Dover  A baby clutching its mother’s chest among 200 migrants to arrive yesterday What happens when someone arrives in the UK after crossing the Channel? By Rory Tingle The vast majority of people crossingContinue reading “Channel migrants are sent 500 miles on buses to Scotland after arriving on beaches in Kent as record 4,000 make dangerous crossing this month”

Channel migrants sent 500 miles to notorious Dungavel centre in Scotland for asylum processing

Migrants who risk their lives crossing the English Channel are being sent to the Dungavel detention centre in Scotland for processing as the Home Office buckles under the rising numbers. Dozens of Channel boat people have been sent to the notorious Dungavel immigration detention centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire in the last few weeks. Until crossings roseContinue reading “Channel migrants sent 500 miles to notorious Dungavel centre in Scotland for asylum processing”

Migrants stranded in France don’t know where to turn as they plan for Channel crossing

Migrants determined to make the crossing to the UK say they do not know where to turn, with available options either “difficult” or “dangerous”. People in Calais hoping to one day to reach England told The Independent that those going by lorry often end up being stopped by police but the journey across the Channel by boat feelsContinue reading “Migrants stranded in France don’t know where to turn as they plan for Channel crossing”

Journalist prompts backlash for suggesting those who cross the Channel come for ‘jobs’ and ‘benefits’

A journalist has been criticised after he claimed those coming into the UK in small boats via the English Channel were “coming with just expectation” of receiving a job and benefits. In a debate on Good Morning Britain, The Times’ political sketch writer Quentin Letts sparked controversy after he made the claim, suggesting Britain was “regarded as a softContinue reading “Journalist prompts backlash for suggesting those who cross the Channel come for ‘jobs’ and ‘benefits’”

Black AIG trainee will get payout after victim of ‘unconscious bias’

A black finance worker has sued City giant AIG after her boss dismissed her complaint she was the victim of ‘unconscious bias’, saying it did not exist in her team. Investment apprentice Julie Nyeko told senior manager Brenda Monaghan she was worried she was being unfairly treated due to her race. She insisted colleagues neededContinue reading “Black AIG trainee will get payout after victim of ‘unconscious bias’”

Pressure mounts on Britain to grant citizenship to descendants of deported Chagos Islanders

Pressure is growing on the British government to reverse a “historic injustice” and grant citizenship to the descendants of a group forcibly deported from their home islands to make way for a US military base in the 1970s. The UK deported around 2,000 people from the Chagos Islands for the construction of the Diego GarciaContinue reading “Pressure mounts on Britain to grant citizenship to descendants of deported Chagos Islanders”

Nicola Sturgeon says Glasgow climate march will be policed ‘appropriately’

Nicola Sturgeon has said she has confidence that today’s mass climate march will be policed “appropriately” after campaigners at Cop26 raised concerns about “heavy-handed” policing of protests over the first week of the summit. Between 50,000 and 100,000 people are expected to join the Global Day for Climate Justice, with more than 200 similar events taking placeContinue reading “Nicola Sturgeon says Glasgow climate march will be policed ‘appropriately’”

Two people smugglers jailed for charging migrants £12,000 to get to UK

Two people smugglers, including a young pilot from Birmingham, have been jailed after they brought migrants to the UK on light aircraft and in vans fitted with hidden compartments.  Sangar Khalid Mohammed, 32, and Billy Hems, 24, both admitted conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, with Mohammed also admitting drugs supply.  They were jailed for seven and aContinue reading “Two people smugglers jailed for charging migrants £12,000 to get to UK”

Millions of Undocumented Immigrants Could Be Given Path to Work Under Biden’s New Bill

Democrats added a new provision to President Joe Biden‘s $1.75 trillion social safety net plan that could open a path to legal work for the roughly 7 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Under the new policy, undocumented immigrants would receive permission to apply for work and travel permits for five years, the Associated PressContinue reading “Millions of Undocumented Immigrants Could Be Given Path to Work Under Biden’s New Bill”

Manslaughter investigation opened after migrant dies while attempting to cross the English Channel

A manslaughter investigation has been opened after a migrant died trying to cross the channel, a French prosecutor has said. One migrant in his 30s was pulled from the water unconscious and was later pronounced dead when rescuers returned to shore, it has been reported. Another migrant is thought to be missing after the incidentContinue reading “Manslaughter investigation opened after migrant dies while attempting to cross the English Channel”

Ombudsman finds Legal Aid Agency guilty of maladministration after rough sleepers fighting deportation order faced delays in funding for representation

A law centre charity was forced to self-fund its challenges to the deportation of three rough sleepers due to “severe failings” that led to a delay in funding from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), an investigation from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has found. The Ombudsman said the failings resulted in one government bodyContinue reading “Ombudsman finds Legal Aid Agency guilty of maladministration after rough sleepers fighting deportation order faced delays in funding for representation”

Landlords ordered to pay £350k+ for ‘beds in sheds’ after council prosecution

Three landlords have been ordered to pay more than £350,000 in fines, confiscation order and costs after being prosecuted by Hounslow Council for having so-called ‘beds in sheds’. At a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on 15 October, Brian Linskey and Catherine Hallahan were ordered to pay £265,000 after they constructed three outbuildings to theContinue reading “Landlords ordered to pay £350k+ for ‘beds in sheds’ after council prosecution”

Ombudsman calls on council to pay £27k after housing homeless family in unsuitable temporary accommodation for nine years

The London Borough of Brent has been told to pay £27,000 compensation after a report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found that the council had failed to provide a complainant and his family with suitable temporary accommodation since 2012. The Ombudsman found Mr X and his family were homeless, and inContinue reading “Ombudsman calls on council to pay £27k after housing homeless family in unsuitable temporary accommodation for nine years”

COP26 campaigners take over Glasgow’s Hamish Allan Centre

CAMPAIGNERS have occupied a former homelessness unit on the Southside of Glasgow to house climate justice campaigners in the city for COP26. The Hamish Allan Centre and asylum seekers night shelter in Tradeston has been turned into “Baile Hoose” with space for sleeping and accessing donated food. Organisers said the shelter offers an alternative to encampmentsContinue reading “COP26 campaigners take over Glasgow’s Hamish Allan Centre”

Climate depression is real. And it is spreading fast among our youth

If you are anything like me, you think of the climate emergency a lot. Possibly every waking hour. Perhaps you experience the psychological tension caused by feeling trapped between the truth of climate and ecological destruction on the one hand and inaction from world leaders on the other. I feel this tension myself, and asContinue reading “Climate depression is real. And it is spreading fast among our youth”

Ahmaud Arbery: Outcry as case proceeds despite judge admitting ‘intentional discrimination’ over one Black juror

A panel of 12 people has been chosen for the trial of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, it consists of 11 white people and one Black person. It took two and a half weeks to pick the jury, which was decided on Wednesday. The prosecutors have accused defence attorneys of racial discrimination for eliminating qualified BlackContinue reading “Ahmaud Arbery: Outcry as case proceeds despite judge admitting ‘intentional discrimination’ over one Black juror”

Extreme’ cost to taxpayer as Jamaica deportation flights leave ‘virtually empty’

Government deportation flights to Jamaica have been operating with only a handful of people onboard, newly-released figures show. The Home Office statistics disclose that 140 people with criminal convictions were deported on six flights between 2016 and 2021. Some of the chartered aircraft have left ‘virtually empty’ at ‘extreme’ cost to British taxpayers, one prominent community leaderContinue reading “Extreme’ cost to taxpayer as Jamaica deportation flights leave ‘virtually empty’”

95 DIED IN ASYLUM SEEKER ACCOMMODATION IN FIVE YEARS AMID FEARS HOME OFFICE DOWNPLAYED TOLL

Ninety-five people have died in asylum accommodation since April 2016, almost double the figure recently admitted by the government and comes amid fears the Home Office has deliberately downplayed the death toll. The data also reveals a stark increase in the number of deaths of those housed under asylum support provisions, such as in hotels,Continue reading “95 DIED IN ASYLUM SEEKER ACCOMMODATION IN FIVE YEARS AMID FEARS HOME OFFICE DOWNPLAYED TOLL”

Far-right groups in UK target hotels housing Afghan refugees

The evacuation of thousands of Afghan refugees to the UK after Kabul fell to the Taliban has triggered an increase in far-right groups targeting hotels where they are being accommodated, according to those monitoring the activities of extremist groups. Britain First is one of the most prominent organisations involved and, according to its own website,Continue reading “Far-right groups in UK target hotels housing Afghan refugees”

Asylum accommodation deaths ‘twice as high’ as Home Office admitted

Ninety-five people have died in asylum accommodation since April 2016, almost double the figure recently admitted by the government, raising suspicions the Home Office has deliberately downplayed the death toll. And the data reveals that in the past two years there has been a particularly sharp increase in the number of deaths of those housed under asylumContinue reading “Asylum accommodation deaths ‘twice as high’ as Home Office admitted”

Glasgow acting student Timothy Chiwaula ‘a young man of warmth’ as tributes paid following tragic death

A Glasgow acting student who has tragically lost his life has been described as ‘a young man of warmth and great potential.’ Tributes have been paid to Timothy Chiwaula after police this morning confirmed the body of the 23-year-old was discovered in the water next to Glasgow Green. A huge search had been sparked for Timothy, a popularContinue reading “Glasgow acting student Timothy Chiwaula ‘a young man of warmth’ as tributes paid following tragic death”

Tributes to ‘kindest boy’ after body pulled from water at Glasgow Green

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to “the kindest boy with a gold heart” after Timothy Chiwaula’s body was pulled from water near Glasgow Green. A frantic search had been launched for the 23-year-old acting student after he vanished from the city’s Old Shettleston Road area at around 8.45pm on Monday, October 11. At around 4am on Friday,Continue reading “Tributes to ‘kindest boy’ after body pulled from water at Glasgow Green”

HGV shortage: No parking spaces, fines for breaks and how life on the road is turning drivers away from UK

HGV drivers have warned the UK’s supply chain crisis will not be eased until facilities and working conditions catch up with the rest of Europe. There are multiple factors that have contributed to the shortage, some unique to the UK and others not.© Provided by The i Service Stations © Provided by The i Drivers told i they areContinue reading “HGV shortage: No parking spaces, fines for breaks and how life on the road is turning drivers away from UK”

Social care in crisis as stressed and angry workers demand: ‘End this nightmare’

Social care is facing the worst workforce disaster in living memory as exhausted and underpaid carers quit the profession in their tens of thousands. A catastrophic cocktail of low wages, staff burnout, mandatory Covid jabs and post-Brexit immigration rules has brought the industry looking after our old and vulnerable to its knees. But today theContinue reading “Social care in crisis as stressed and angry workers demand: ‘End this nightmare’”

Father of alleged jihadi suspected of killing Sir David Amess had himself faced Islamist threats

The father of the alleged jihadist being held on suspicion of murdering Sir David Amess had himself received death threats from Islamist terrorists, The Telegraph can reveal. Ali Harbi Ali, 25, was continuing to be questioned on Sunday night in connection with the frenzied knife attack on the Tory MP, which is being treated as anContinue reading “Father of alleged jihadi suspected of killing Sir David Amess had himself faced Islamist threats”

Whether freedom of speech or fairness to migrants, some principles are sacred

‘Why is hypocrisy so odious?” asked the political theorist Judith Shklar almost half a century ago. Hypocrisy, she argued, is a necessity, a recognition that we are human and imperfect and that we cannot but transgress. The calling out of hypocrisy, Shklar observed, can often be more socially corrosive than the hypocrisy being called out. There is,Continue reading “Whether freedom of speech or fairness to migrants, some principles are sacred”

Muslim group to issue hate crime support after killing of David Amess

Britain’s leading Muslim organisation is to issue new guidance to help British Somalis and other individuals and mosques deal with any incidents of hatred emerging in the aftermath of Sir David Amess’s death. Zara Mohammed, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that mosques in and around Southend were devastated by theContinue reading “Muslim group to issue hate crime support after killing of David Amess”

ChartistHomecoronavirus Covid lays bare lies of austerity By Farah El-Sharnouby -05/10/2021 The Government’s “vaccine amnesty” is insufficient in addressing health discrimination against migrants Tory hostile environment has deepened health inequalities during pandemic, says Farah El-Sharnouby Covid-19 has forced us all to look inwards; but as well as teaching us about ourselves, it has also exposed and exacerbated existingContinue reading

Britain begs undocumented migrants to become lorry drivers

Critics said the scramble for HGV drivers was the latest example of the government’s “staggering incompetence”. Undocumented migrants with HGV licenses have been sent official government letters begging them to help ease the fuel crisis – despite having no official right to work in Britain. People who overstayed their visas have now been told theirContinue reading “Britain begs undocumented migrants to become lorry drivers”

Children affected by immigration rules and at poverty risk, warns Commissioner

Northern Ireland’s children’s commissioner has said some young people risk being plunged into poverty because of the immigration status of their parents or carer. In a new report, Koulla Yiasouma said families affected by immigration rules face a condition called “No Recourse to Public Funds” (NRPF) which prevents them from accessing many social security benefitsContinue reading “Children affected by immigration rules and at poverty risk, warns Commissioner”

Windrush activists ‘disgusted’ after being turned away at Tory conference

Windrush activists ‘disgusted’ after being turned away at Tory conference Windrush activists ‘disgusted’ after being turned away at Tory conference. Anthony Brown, co-founder of the Windrush Defenders group, also said that when he went to collect his pass he was instead met by the same adviser, Myles Stacey, who only allowed him to attend chaperoned,Continue reading “Windrush activists ‘disgusted’ after being turned away at Tory conference”

Asylum seekers in hotels should have been given money for phone calls, High Court rules

A decision by the Home Office not to give money to thousands of asylum seekers to make calls to friends and family during the pandemic has been declared unlawful by the High Court. The ruling means the UK Government could be forced to roll back weekly payments for some 10,000 asylum seekers. After an earlier hearing, the HomeContinue reading “Asylum seekers in hotels should have been given money for phone calls, High Court rules”

French police open fire on migrants’ dinghy on Dunkirk beach with potentially lethal rubber bullets to stop their illegal boat crossing the Channel to the UK

French police shot migrants with rubber bullets to prevent Channel crossings Investigation by French national police authorities got under way last night Shooting happened at Dunkirk as eight Iranian Kurds carried a dinghy to the sea French police have shot migrants with potentially lethal rubber bullets to stop their illegal boat crossing the Channel to the UK.Continue reading “French police open fire on migrants’ dinghy on Dunkirk beach with potentially lethal rubber bullets to stop their illegal boat crossing the Channel to the UK”

France shoots migrants trying to reach Britain from beach of Dunkirk

French police have been accused of firing rubber bullets at migrants attempting to cross the English Channel.  It would be the first known case of gun tactics being used against migrants making the journey and comes amid a dramatic escalation in illegal crossings.  The number of people who have made the journey in small boatsContinue reading “France shoots migrants trying to reach Britain from beach of Dunkirk”

Asylum seekers ‘crammed into 24-bed hostel rooms and forced to share’ despite Covid risk

Asylum seekers are being put into hostels and forced to share rooms crammed with dozens of beds despite the rise of Covid, reports claim. About 500 men are said to be at a hostel in Southwark, South London, despite a local council calling the facility unsafe to house rough sleepers. That was said to beContinue reading “Asylum seekers ‘crammed into 24-bed hostel rooms and forced to share’ despite Covid risk”

Home Office resisting calls to let asylum seekers work in the UK

Priti Patel is facing growing pleas to let 70,000 claimants seek employment pending a resolution of their status Priti Patel’s department is resisting growing demands to allow asylum seekers to work following a public intervention from her cabinet colleague Dominic Raab to say that he would be “open-minded’ about the proposal. Labour leader Keir Starmer, Conservative MPsContinue reading “Home Office resisting calls to let asylum seekers work in the UK”

‘Afghan refugees are welcome here’: public pledge made by Dumfries and Galloway Council

Councillors from various political backgrounds put on a united front in offering a safe haven for families fleeing the crisis-torn country. Dee and Glenkens Councillor Dougie Campbell is a former director of the Scottish Refugee Council and mentor to refugees. At last week’s full council meeting, he said: “Through that experience I made very goodContinue reading “‘Afghan refugees are welcome here’: public pledge made by Dumfries and Galloway Council”

Human trafficking survivor lured to Scotland tells of work hell and recovery

His trafficker threatened to kill him if he tried to leave but the survivor said his life has now been transformed by a new job and home. A human trafficking survivor has told how a business network tackling modern slavery has helped him rebuild his life. The young man was lured to Scotland with the promise ofContinue reading “Human trafficking survivor lured to Scotland tells of work hell and recovery”

Call for inquiry into death of migrant who fell from Glasgow flat block

An organisation that advocates for migrant rights is calling for a fatal accident inquiry to be held into the sudden death of a man in Glasgow. Harvey Wittika was killed after falling from the second floor of his flat building in the city on August 6, according to Glasgow Live. The 37-year-old, originally from Malawi, had been living in GlasgowContinue reading “Call for inquiry into death of migrant who fell from Glasgow flat block”

Son of Glasgow refugee Mercy Baguma ‘still asks questions about mummy’ one year on from tragic death

The partner of Glasgow refugee Mercy Baguma has paid tribute on the one-year anniversary of the young mum’s tragic death. Her tiny son Adriel is feared to have lay for up to five days next to her body at the flat they shared in Govan last year. The 34-year-old was last seen by partner Eric Nnanna on August 18 as sheContinue reading “Son of Glasgow refugee Mercy Baguma ‘still asks questions about mummy’ one year on from tragic death”

Fuel shortages: HGV drivers saw issue coming years ago and ‘worst still to come’

‘This hasn’t happened overnight’ HGV driver Jon Clarke said the shortage of drivers has been years in the making. The driver of 14 years said poor conditions and a lack of investment forced people out of the industry without recruiting younger staff into the sector. “This hasn’t happened overnight, anyone who does the job willContinue reading “Fuel shortages: HGV drivers saw issue coming years ago and ‘worst still to come’”

Sadiq Khan needs 24/7 protection ‘due to colour of his skin and god he worships’

The mayor of London has said it is “tough” to have 24/7 protection but that it is necessary because of the “colour of his skin and the god he worships”. Sadiq Khan told a fringe event at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton that when he was first elected mayor in 2016 he rejected the suggestionContinue reading “Sadiq Khan needs 24/7 protection ‘due to colour of his skin and god he worships’”

An inspection of the use of contingency asylum accommodation – key findings from site visits to Penally Camp and Napier Barracks

During the week of 15 February 2021, as part of ICIBI’s inspection of contingency asylum accommodation, inspectors from ICIBI and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) visited Penally Camp and Napier Barracks, spending two days at each site. The Independent Chief Inspector made a follow-up visit to Napier Barracks on 4 March. HMIP is producing a detailedContinue reading “An inspection of the use of contingency asylum accommodation – key findings from site visits to Penally Camp and Napier Barracks”

Home Office records 70 racist incidents by far right at asylum accommodation

The Home Office has recorded 70 racist incidents by far-right supporters against asylum seekers in barracks and hotel accommodation, according to a freedom of information response obtained by the Guardian. However, campaigners supporting asylum seekers in such accommodation say the figure is a significant underestimation of the true picture. The data, which covers 1 January 2020 untilContinue reading “Home Office records 70 racist incidents by far right at asylum accommodation”

Asylum seekers placed in ‘unsuitable’ Blackpool hotel despite council protests

Local authority accuses Home Office and Serco of trying to beat court hearing and frustrate justice system Blackpool council has accused the Home Office and Serco of deliberately acting to frustrate the justice system after placing asylum seekers in a hotel, despite objections that the accommodation was wholly unsuitable. About 140 people, mostly families, have moved intoContinue reading “Asylum seekers placed in ‘unsuitable’ Blackpool hotel despite council protests”

‘No thank you, prime minister’: Lorry drivers decline Boris Johnson’s Christmas visa offer

Boris Johnson’s proposed three-month working visa for European truckers is not proving a popular prospect for some European lorry drivers. On Sunday the government announced a plan to issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers as a response to the acute shortfall of truck drivers that has caused fuel pumps to run dry and massive queuesContinue reading “‘No thank you, prime minister’: Lorry drivers decline Boris Johnson’s Christmas visa offer”

‘It isn’t fit for animals’: Asylum seekers forced to sleep in 24-bed hostel rooms despite coronavirus risk

Hundreds of asylum seekers have been placed in a hostel where they are forced to share bedrooms crammed with multiple triple bunk beds despite the risk of coronavirus spreading, The Independent has learned. Around 500 men are currently staying at a hostel in Southwark, south London, despite the local council having deemed the facility unsafe to house rough sleepers last yearContinue reading “‘It isn’t fit for animals’: Asylum seekers forced to sleep in 24-bed hostel rooms despite coronavirus risk”

Now is the time to address racism and discrimination in our sector

“Racism creeps in under your skin so sometimes you don’t know whether you’re not quite good enough for that job or whether it’s because you’re not understood or wanted,” says @JitinderT1 #UKhousing #RacismandHousing Joining the housing world in 1992 was always going to be a challenge for a Doc Marten-wearing ex-student recently exiting the academicContinue reading “Now is the time to address racism and discrimination in our sector”

How race impacts on people’s chances of living in a damp home or experiencing fuel poverty

Damp, mouldy conditions in social housing have led to shocking exposés in the national media recently, and sparked an investigation by the Housing Ombudsman. But in the first of our new series, Racism and Housing, Alex Turner digs into government statistics, to flag the less-talked-about fact that white residents are significantly less likely to be living inContinue reading “How race impacts on people’s chances of living in a damp home or experiencing fuel poverty”

More than 100 councils and charities pledge to reject government rough sleeper deportation rules

More than 100 organisations have pledged not to co-operate with Home Office policies that can lead to rough sleepers being deported, the charity behind the campaign has said. Nine local authorities – the Greater London Authority, Southwark Council, Islington Council, Hackney Council, Bristol Council, Haringey Council, Greenwich Council, Lewisham Council and Lambeth Council – haveContinue reading “More than 100 councils and charities pledge to reject government rough sleeper deportation rules”

Court of Appeal: Right to Rent scheme causes racial discrimination

The Court of Appeal has found that the Right to Rent scheme, a key plank of the hostile environment, causes racial discrimination. The judges confirm that as a result of this scheme, it is harder for black people, ethnic minorities and migrants to rent a home than it is for white British people. But the Court stoppedContinue reading “Court of Appeal: Right to Rent scheme causes racial discrimination”

‘Britain is bullying us’: Gurkha hunger strike protest enters fifth day

A group of Gurkhas who are on hunger strike outside Downing Street has told LBC they received less pension money for their sacrifice than service dogs. The demonstration, which has entered its fifth day, is hoping to pressure the UK Government into reviewing their army pensions so they are on a level footing with theirContinue reading “‘Britain is bullying us’: Gurkha hunger strike protest enters fifth day”

UK deportation flight to Jamaica leaves with 7 people onboard

The flight reportedly departed around 1am on Wednesday, according to flight tracker data shared by campaign group Movement for Justice. It has been widely reported seven people were on board the plane. Originally the Home Office planned to deport 90 individuals. The Jamaican government had expressed their concerns because of Covid-19 spreading. Karen Doyle, ofContinue reading “UK deportation flight to Jamaica leaves with 7 people onboard”

Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers

The Independent understands that around 100 residents in four blocks have received a letter from Clearsprings Ready Homes, the firm contracted by the Home Office to manage the camp, telling them to self-isolate after three individuals tested positive. The letter, dated 7 August, states that “someone you share a household with has shown positive for Covid-19”Continue reading “Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers”

Kemi Badenoch tipped as next education secretary in reshuffle

Kemi Badenoch, the controversial equalities minister, has been mooted as a future education secretary to replace Gavin Williamson in the long-awaited cabinet reshuffle. Rumours about the rearrangement of Boris Johnson’s top team have abounded for months, with plans scrapped on several recent occasions. But during the summer recess they have been revived. A No 10Continue reading “Kemi Badenoch tipped as next education secretary in reshuffle”

Deporting ‘foreign criminals’ in the middle of the night doesn’t make us safer

Look at modern British history, and you’ll find that the “criminal” and the “immigrant” blur into one another in popular and official thinking. In Victorian England, crime was often blamed on Irish immigrants (“dangerous classes” were labelled with the Irish-derived name “hooligans”), and then on Jews from eastern Europe. These narratives neatly anticipated the wayContinue reading “Deporting ‘foreign criminals’ in the middle of the night doesn’t make us safer”

Jamaica calls for deportation flight from UK to be halted over Covid fears

The Jamaican government has called on the Home Office to halt a controversial deportation flight to the island nation scheduled to leave on Wednesday due to concerns over “importing” the Delta variant of Covid, the Guardian has learned. A flight was scheduled to take off from Birmingham airport but is now due to take offContinue reading “Jamaica calls for deportation flight from UK to be halted over Covid fears”

A German Court Has Recognised Not All EU Countries Are Safe For Refugees

The ruling is significant, as it shakes up some of how asylum processing happens in the EU. Under perhaps one of the more well-known EU migration laws, the Dublin regulation, member states are allowed to send people back to the first EU country they were registered in. It’s a complicated process, and not without criticism. Asylum seekersContinue reading “A German Court Has Recognised Not All EU Countries Are Safe For Refugees”

Government strikes deal to remove more Albanian prisoners

More Albanian criminals will be removed from the UK and transferred from prisons in England and Wales after Ministers signed a new agreement today (Monday 26 July). Deal agreed to remove more Albanian offenders from the UK There will be no early release after transfer, as prisoners will serve their full sentence in Albania RemovedContinue reading “Government strikes deal to remove more Albanian prisoners”

Priti Patel signs deal to remove Albanian criminals and unsuccessful asylum seekers from UK more quickly

Albanian nationals make up the largest number of foreign national offenders in UK prisons, totalling 16% of the foreign national offenders (FNO) population. Data released by the Home Office shows the government has removed 254 Albanian criminals from the UK since April, alongside 85 Albanian nationals without legal status to remain in the country. ReadContinue reading “Priti Patel signs deal to remove Albanian criminals and unsuccessful asylum seekers from UK more quickly”

Priti Patel ‘misled’ MPs over plans for protest crackdown

Patel is also facing further questions over attempts to justify her nationality and borders bill, which has been criticised for excessive cruelty to asylum seekers and will reduce support for victims of human trafficking. On 20 March the Home Office issued a statement claiming an “alarming rise in people abusing our modern slavery system by posing as victims inContinue reading “Priti Patel ‘misled’ MPs over plans for protest crackdown”

Migrants who steer dinghies across English Channel to claim asylum will no longer be prosecuted

New legal guidance released by the CPS on Tuesday says: “In cases involving the use of a boat where the sole intention is to be intercepted by Border Force at sea and brought into port for asylum claims to be made, no breach of immigration law will take place … the same applies where theContinue reading “Migrants who steer dinghies across English Channel to claim asylum will no longer be prosecuted”

Let the Roma stay!

Thousands of Roma families are facing a new Windrush situation, even where they have been living in the UK for decades. Most Roma children and young people have been born and educated here. Very many of the estimated 300,000 Romani people living and working in this country still have to apply to the EU SettlementContinue reading “Let the Roma stay!”

The Graduate route: information for international students

The new Graduate immigration route has opened for applications today (1 July 2021). The introduction of the route builds on the government’s delivery of the UK’s new points-based immigration system, which came into effect on 1 January 2021. The Graduate route provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay in the UK and work, orContinue reading “The Graduate route: information for international students”

Thousands of Europeans left in limbo over ‘settled status’ on day of deadline

Campaigners warned that thousands of Europeans in Britain were at risk of being left in limbo over Wednesday’s EU settled status deadline. EU citizens living in Britain have until midnight to apply for the post-Brexit settlement scheme or risk losing their rights to legally work or claim certain benefits, including free healthcare. More than five million people have applied andContinue reading “Thousands of Europeans left in limbo over ‘settled status’ on day of deadline”

Hundreds of migrants go on hunger strike in Belgium – with some stitching their mouths shut

Belgium’s government is facing increasing pressure as hundreds of migrants continue a hunger strike that has lasted more than a month. “I am begging to them, please give us access to work, like others. I want to pay the tax, I want to rise up my kids here, in this modern city. “We need ourContinue reading “Hundreds of migrants go on hunger strike in Belgium – with some stitching their mouths shut”

Refugees and asylum seekers

Scotland has a long history of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers and recognises it is a human right to be able to seek asylum in another country. Read more

High court ruling leaves refused asylum seekers at risk of homelessness

A high court judge has quashed a ruling that said refused asylum seekers who are destitute must be given accommodation during the pandemic until all Covid restrictions are lifted. At least 1,000 asylum seekers currently in accommodation are thought to be affected by Tuesday’s decision and are now at risk of being made street homeless.Continue reading “High court ruling leaves refused asylum seekers at risk of homelessness”

Immigration Rules

A collection of the current Immigration Rules The Immigration Rules are some of the most important pieces of legislation that make up the UK’s immigration law. They are updated on a regular basis and all changes can be found in the Immigration Rules: statement of changes. The rules are divided into different documents. The index pageContinue reading “Immigration Rules”

New Plan for Immigration

Closed consultation New Plan for Immigration Summary The New Plan for Immigration policy paper sets out the government’s intentions to build a fair but firm asylum and illegal migration system. This consultation ran from12:15am on 24 March 2020 to 11:45pm on 6 May 2021 Consultation description

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We are passionate about migrants and the issues concerning them. We ensure accesses to culturally sensitive practitioners and services. We aim to walk with you through the journey to ensure you are heard and represented. Championing on collaborative working we aim to ensure you accesses the services, justice and opportunities you are entitled to. TakingContinue reading “Welcome!”

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