Home Affairs Committee Inquiry: Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU

Inquiry: This inquiry will examine the reasons behind the growth in migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats. It will look at the role of criminal gangs in facilitating the growth of this form of illegal immigration and the response of UK and French authorities to combat illegal migration and support legal routes to asylum.

This inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Monday 14 September 2020.Read the call for evidence before submitting


Note the language used: Home Secretary appoints small boat commander

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Migrants at risk of drowning

Independent: 9 August 2020 Migrants at risk of drowning if Priti Patel sends Navy warships to Channel, warns ex-home secretary

Hardline Australia-style tactics to block fragile vessels also condemned as ‘completely potty’ by defence official

Priti Patel’s plan to use Royal Navy warships to stop migrants crossing the Channel will put them at risk of drowning, a former home secretary says.

Jack Straw issued the warning after the home secretary’s idea – which would see the rising number of boats blocked before they can enter British waters – was branded “completely potty” by a defence official.

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Strong political statement here

Guardian: German Protestant church to send migrant rescue boat to Mediterranean

Sea-Watch 4 is result of crowdfunding and is set to leave from Spain in few days

The German Protestant church will send a ship to the central Mediterranean to rescue migrants attempting to reach Europe from north Africa.

The boat, named Sea-Watch 4, will depart in a few days from the seaport of Burriana, near Valencia, in Spain, where volunteers are finalising preparations, the crew has said.

The mission, managed by United4Rescue – an initiative led by the Protestant church in Germany (EKD) and backed by more than 500 other organisations – is the result of a crowdfunding campaign launched a few months ago and named #WirschickeneinSchiff (“We send a ship”).


World Refugee Day: plea to give sanctuary to child refugees

Quaker.org.uk: Quakers are among more than 250 faith leaders who have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, asking him to commit to offering child refugees a safe route to asylum in the UK.

three people in emotional hug

The signatories to the letter include the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Church of England bishops, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, rabbis representing Reform, Liberal and other Jewish denominations, the former president of the Hindu Forum of Europe, the lead Catholic Bishop for Migrants and Refugees plus numerous senior leaders from the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed, Salvation Army and Quaker traditions across the UK.

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Safe Passage for children:

Safe Passage

11.6.2020: Safe Passage writes: we would be so grateful if you would consider adding your name to the letter, helping us show the PM the strength of interfaith support for welcoming more refugees. It is pasted below

If, after reading the open letter you/ any others would like to add your names, please do reply to Safe Passage by email info@safepassage.org.uk, including the full title by which you would like to be referred to in the list of signatories

 In addition, please do not hesitate to forward this on to any other contacts you may have that might be interested in signing.

With Refugee Week starting on 15th June, we are setting an initial deadline for signatures of the 11thJune.The exact date for publication of the letter is yet to be decided and will depend on when we are most likely to generate public and press interest, but we will of course keep you updated as things progress.

[QARN has agreed to sign this letter]

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Idea for a Zoom reading meeting

QARN ‘Excessive fees: leave to remain in the UK’ leaflet:  In these times of online meetings, here’s a suggested format for considering the important issues raised in this leaflet.  Gloucestershire AM has recently had a good experience of this.  Having originally planned a whole ‘faith in action’ day on refuge and asylum issues, we had to alter it to a zoom event instead. Continue reading “Idea for a Zoom reading meeting”

QCEA: Covid-19 and inequality _ beyond isolation

Quaker Council for European Affairs: 9 April 2020 Navigating uncertain waters: Covid-19 and inequality 

Isolation, disruption and confusion have interrupted many of our lives. Kékéli Kpognon and Andrew Lane chart a way through by focusing on those who have been surviving these conditions for years.

While some countries have relaxed rules towards asylum seekers, others have made their lives harder. Image: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/goppangnyarta/">Goppang Nyarta (Boush)</a> a young Darfuri designer, engineer and artist-in-residence at Quaker House Brussels in 2019.
While some countries have relaxed rules towards asylum seekers, others have made their lives harder. Image: Goppang Nyarta (Boush) a young Darfuri designer, engineer and artist-in-residence at Quaker House Brussels in 2019.

Policies that show generosity towards asylum seekers make some European politicians very nervous, which is why some of what we have seen in Europe in the last few days is so remarkable. The deportation of asylum seekers is being suspended (Germany), immigration detainees are being released (Italy), homeless people are being housed (France), and some are being given temporary asylum (Portugal).

But rather than protect people from Covid-19, some governments are using the crisis for other purposes. We are seeing the right to claim asylum under European and international law being suspended (Greece), and the granting of new powers for a prime minister to rule by decree indefinitely (Hungary).

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Protect the most vulnerable to ensure protection for everyone!

25.3.2020 ‘Restore legality to protect refugees and the society at large amidst the pandemic’

Open letter signed by χχ Organisations, Initiatives……


  • The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou
  • The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Constantine An. Tassoula
  • The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mistotaki
  • The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli
  • The President of the European Council, Charles Michel
  • The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
  • The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi
  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet
  • The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatović
  • The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom

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