A Short History of Resistance to Immigration Detention and Deportations in the United Kingdom

April 2020: Bill MacKeith, published by Oxford Against Immigration Detention http://oaid.org.uk

In 2019, ‘enforced returns’ from the UK fell to 7,361, 22% lower than the previous year and the lowest number since records began in 2004. Over the same period, there were 11,421 ‘voluntary’ departures. 

On 31 December 2019, there were 1,637 people in immigration detention, 8% fewer than on 31 December 2018, and fewer than half the number on 30 September 2017. The number of people entering detention in 2019 was similar to the previous year at 24,443. Prior to this, there has been a downward trend since 2015. (Immigration Statistics, Year Ending December 2019)

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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”

COVID-19 IMMIGRATION DETENTION CRISIS

[Note from QARN: what can you do – bring this to the attention of your MP – especially if your MP is on the Home Affairs Select Committee. This is going to the Committee on 29.4.2020 – see Members below]

Dear Home Secretary,

We, Freed Voices, are writing to express our concern regarding the serious risks posed by Covid-19 to those who continue to be held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) across the UK. Continue reading “COVID-19 IMMIGRATION DETENTION CRISIS”

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

Protecting migrants from Covid-19

We call on the Home Secretary to:

  • ensure access to healthcare – this means immediately suspending all NHS charging and data sharing with immigration enforcement, and launching a public information campaign that makes clear that healthcare services are available and safe for all migrants to use
  • ensure all migrants have access to vital public services by suspending ‘No Recourse To Public Funds’ conditions
  • make assurances that no one will be penalised for missing appointments, reporting or court dates due to illness
  • make sure no one is made an ‘overstayer’ because of being self-isolated or unable to return to a country that is not safe to travel to, by extending or modifying visas
  • release everyone detained under immigration powers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering the detention estate and causing avoidable harm
  • provide specialist support for those housed in shared Asylum Accommodation to enable safe access to medical services, testing, and where necessary, re-housing for particularly vulnerable people. Continue reading “Protecting migrants from Covid-19”

‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention

‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention   21 March 2019

The Home Office has shown a shockingly cavalier attitude in its approach to immigration detention and overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process, a new report by the Home Affairs Committee has found. Continue reading “‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention”