UK to resettle 3,000 ‘at risk’ children with families

refugee-councilUK to resettle 3,000 ‘at risk’ children with families 21APR2016

Immigration minister James Brokenshire hastoday released details of the scheme to bring children at risk to the UK under plans first announced in January this year.

The programme, likely to operate in a similar way to existing resettlement schemes, focuses on children at risk, such as unaccompanied children and those at risk of forced marriage.  They will be brought to the UK, if possible with their families, from the Middle East and North Africa.

The announcement also mentions the funding and resources given to help separated children in Europe and reiterates previous commitments to making the Dublin III system work to reunite family members, where required, in the UK. Continue reading “UK to resettle 3,000 ‘at risk’ children with families”

Deaths at sea: EU is guilty of killing by omission, report argues

2016 April Death by RescueA new report released by Forensic Oceanography – a team that specialises in the use of forensic techniques and cartography to reconstruct cases of deaths at sea – accuses EU policy makers and agencies of knowingly reducing Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts in the Mediterranean and of thus being responsible for the deaths in the first months of 2015. The report is part of the “Precarious Trajectories” research project funded by the European and Social Research Council and in collaboration with WatchTheMed. Continue reading “Deaths at sea: EU is guilty of killing by omission, report argues”

UK detention update: “end” of routine detention of pregnant women in Immigration Bill

ecreThe UK government has announced that it will end ‘the routine detention of pregnant women’ in immigration centres. It has agreed to propose an amendment to the Immigration Bill, which is currently being considered by Parliament, to introduce a time limit of 72 hours on the detention of pregnant women. This time limit is extendable to up to a week with Ministerial approval.  Continue reading “UK detention update: “end” of routine detention of pregnant women in Immigration Bill”

Faith and Community leaders demand Immigration Detention Reform

2016 April 22Interfaith parliamentary event raising a voice against indefinite immigration detention

On the 20th April we partnered with Tzelem to organise over 60 faith and community leaders at the House of Commons. We went with a simple message; the system of indefinite immigration detention is ‘inefficient, expensive and unjust’ and is in desperate need of reform.

Paul Parker Tweeted from this event

See more, photos Tweets etc herehttps://storify.com/Rene_Cassin/faith-and-community-leaders-demand-detention-refor