UK plans Kabul ‘reintegration centre’ for boys

The Refugee Council raised concerns about the safety of AfghanistanThe UK Border Agency is planning a £4m “reintegration centre” in Afghanistan so that failed Afghan child asylum seekers can be returned home.

An organisation is being sought to run the centre in the capital, Kabul, which would aim to help their resettlement.

The goal would be to assist 12 boys a month, aged 16 and 17, and 120 adults.

Refugee groups have questioned whether the UK should be considering sending unaccompanied children back to a country that is not safe.

Home Office figures from March this year show there are about 4,200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Britain supported by local authorities. Continue reading “UK plans Kabul ‘reintegration centre’ for boys”

Save RMJ update

Dear All,   I’m just writing with a quick update on the progress of the Save RMJ campaign so far. First of all, many many thanks for you kind support. It really means a lot to everyone here that you have all offered your support.   Media:   RMJ’s plight has been fairly extensively covered in the media, both mainstream, and on blogs. After the initial coverage on Sunday, and in the week, after we released the joint letter that was so kindly signed by so many of you, and which managed to get coverage on the BBC, and Guardian, among many others, we have managed to keep up the momentum. Look out for more in the near future. We’re also starting to get more mentions on twitter:   Mainstream media:   End this inhumane and expensive asylum system
The Guardian Continue reading “Save RMJ update”

Questions in Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament, 27 May 2010 – Children in Dungavel, and dawn raids
QUESTION: Linda Fabiani (Scottish National Party)

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought clarification from the UK Government that the pledge in its coalition agreement to end detention of children in Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre will be extended to ensure the ending of dawn raids in Scotland. Continue reading “Questions in Scottish Parliament”

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Addendum : Mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Extracts: Report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Jorge Bustamante, on his mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 22–26 June 2009

Publication Date 16 March 2010

Human Rights of migrants in UK – United Nations report
Report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in includes some strong criticism, particularly around detention and children’s rights.

The Rapporteur highlights the disecepancies between UKBA policies and the reality for asylum seekers and migrants. For example,the New Asylum Model is said to offer “accelerated decision-making processes and increased contact with asylum-seekers without resorting to detention”, but the Rapporteur found many “cases of children, torture survivors and trafficked women who were detained while their asylum cases were being decided”, as well as “numerous allegations of instances of indefinite periods of detention of asylum-seekers” . Allegations acknowledged as true by UKBA officers.

The Rapporteur found that although the House of Commons stated in a report that 1,000 children in families are detained each year, stakeholders estimate that the figure is actually double that.

The Rapporteur also expresses concern about age-disputed cases. He “notes with dismay that this guidance relies excessively on subjective criteria, having as a consequence the possibility that minors could be considered as adults throughout the application process and detained on this basis.”

Click here to download the full report with recommendations, including that the UK stops detaining children. http://bit.ly/ cKE2uo Continue reading “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Addendum : Mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”