PLENARY SESSION Press release – Immigration − 17-09-2015 – 11:04.An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary among EU member states was backed by Parliament on Thursday. The first temporary emergency rules for relocating an initial 40,000 over two years from Italy and Greece only were approved by Parliament on 9 September.
Parliament’s backing in record time of the European Commission’s 9 September proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers sends a clear signal to EU home affairs ministers, who meet again on Tuesday 22 September, that it is high time to act and finally agree on this second emergency scheme.
A QARN member writes: A destitute asylum seekers came into our project today with an invoice from a hospital for outpatient attendances with a letter that says “the above account will be referred to our debt collecting agency if payment is not made within the next seven days. This is because of new government guidanceissued sometime this year:
Guidance on implementing the overseas visitor hospital charging regulations 2015
Although ‘GPs have discretion to accept any person, including overseas visitors, to be either fully registered as a measure of an NHS patient, or as a temporary resident if they are to be in an area for between 24 hours and three months. No registration application can be refused on the grounds of race, gender, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, diversity or medical condition. In reality, this means that the practice’s discretion to refuse a patient is limited. There is no minimum period that a person needs to have been in the UK before a GP can register them. Furthermore, GPs have a duty to provide free of charge treatment which they consider to be immediately necessary or emergency, regardless of whether that person is an overseas visitor or registered with that practice.’ Continue reading “Government rules require Health Service to charge destitute people”
The Individual Quaker Voices Aiding Efforts For The Refugee Crisis
By coming together and raising their voices as one, the Quaker community has taken huge steps towards advocating for and changing the lives of the refugee community. However, as well as working hard on a national level, individual Quaker Meeting Houses have been working within their own communities to support and raise the profile of those refugees living in their regions. Continue reading “Individual Quaker Voices Aiding Efforts For The Refugee Crisis”
Government response: Last updated:This week the Prime Minister announced that the UK will resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees during this Parliament. Here’s how you can help.
Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, the UK has granted asylum or other forms of leave to almost 5,000 Syrian nationals and their dependants. We also operate three resettlement routes, which bring people who have fled their home country to the UK. One of these, the Gateway programme, has run for 10 years and has resettled almost 6,400 people in that time, aiming to resettle around 750 people a year. Continue reading “Syrian refugees: what you can do to help”