120 Refugee Organisations sign letter of complaint re AIRE
Asylum Matters has sent a letter of complaint to Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office, regarding severe failings in the new AIRE contract with Migrant Help. It was signed by 120 refugee organisations.
The Home Office has released asylum statistics for the period from April to June 2019. They show a significant rise in positive decisions but also a sharp rise in people waiting more than six months for a decision.
Lift The Ban coalition announces Social Media Action.
In order to ensure that the right to work for people seeking asylum remains high on the agenda of the new Home Secretary as it was for her predecessor, the Lift the Ban coalition has launched a social media action which all supporters […]
New Training in Religious Persecution for Asylum Operations Decision Makers
Today sees the the launch of two newly developed training packages: ‘Considering Religion or Belief in the Asylum Claim’, and ‘Assessing
Evidence: Medical Legal Reports’, developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.
Sanctus in Stoke is looking for a new Chair for its Board
Sanctus in Stoke-on-Trent provides support for refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. It is looking for new Chair for its Board with senior experience in the charity sector who is passionate about refugees and asylum seekers.
Shocking Investigation reveals the Truth about Immigration Detention
A survey of almost 200 detainees in UK detention centres has been published in the Guardian. It showed that over half the detainees were defined as an “adult at risk” - which means they should only be lawfully detained in extreme cases..
Second Shaw Report on Immigration Detention published
Two years after the initial Shaw report exposed the many failings of the immigration detention system, the second report indicates that, despite some improvements, there are still significant problems.
New Neighbour Bible website provides information for Christians in Europe about the languages spoken by the people arriving in our countries from other nations, and gives links to Bibles or Bible stories available in those languages.
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) has released a damning report of the way in which the Right to rent scheme is being implemented, and the negative effects it is having in terms of discrimination.
Inspector finds 'Significant Failings' at Harmondsworth IRC
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 […]
The Migrant Rights Network has brought our a new guide entitled "Know Your Rights - a Guide for Migrants." The guide aims to help migrants understand their rights and how to assert them in 8 key areas of everyday life.
BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) are seeking to have a legal ruling that would designate G4S a ‘High Risk’ strategic supplier. This would make it harder for the government to award G4S future contracts.
The Guardian newspaper has printed three articles on what goes wrong in asylum interviews. One focuses on quotes from former caseworkers turned whistleblowers, while another features two refugees whose interviews were badly handled.
Refugee Council launches Campaign on Refugee Family Reunion
The Refugee Council is campaigning to change the UK’s restrictive rules surrounding refugee family reunion. They are asking people to write to their MP to ask them to attend an important debate on March 16th.
Guardian and Observer charity appeal raises more than £1.5m
The 2017 Guardian and Observer Christmas charity appeal raised more than £1.5m for three homeless charities. One of them is NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network that supports organisations that accommodate destitute asylum seekers.
The results of the Refugees Reporting project’s research, run by Focus on Refugees, found that 92% of UK news items on asylum and migration neither identify an individual refugee or migrant nor include their voice or experience.
UK government discriminates against Christian refugees from Syria
THE UK government is discriminating against Christians in their Vulnerable Persons refugee programme. The Barnabas Fund has discovered that, of the 10,000+ Syrians brought to the UK under SVPRS, only 70 were Christian - less than 0.7%.
Toolkit launched to support hosting schemes across the UK
In response to rising levels of migrant destitution and increasing public support for refugees facing homelessness, NACCOM and Homeless Link have launched the sector’s first ‘Hosting Toolkit’, a how-to guide for organisations […]
Campaign for better asylum decision-making launched
Freedom from Torture has launched a campaign for better quality decision-making after research showed that people who have survived horrific violence and abuse are being denied safety in the UK despite having valid asylum claims. The […]
The Refugee Resource Centre for Churches (R2C2) was set up partly at the request of many of the Christian groups working with refugees in Britain today, who pointed out a gap in bringing together all of the expertise and experience of those across the country involved in this vital work.
R2C2 is a partnership between Jubilee+ and the Boaz Trust, combining the infrastructure of the former with the expertise in refugee issues of the latter.