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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Global Compacts for Migration, and Refugees

Briefing from Parliament: The United Nations Global Compact for Migration  

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was formally adopted by 164 Member States of the United Nations, including the UK, in December 2018. This briefing explains what’s in the Compact and its implications for Member States.

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Coronavirus, undocumented migrants and those in the current process

PRESS RELEASE / PUBLIC STATEMENT for immediate release

Epistle from ‘Envisioning a world that is open to all: let us see what love can do’ Conference at Woodbrooke, Birmingham, UK   27-29 September 2019

Ffriends,

From a gathering of 60+ people[i], including Quakers and non-Quakers, people who have experienced the weight of the immigration system, artists, poets, musicians and singers. Continue reading “Epistle from ‘Envisioning a world that is open to all: let us see what love can do’ Conference at Woodbrooke, Birmingham, UK   27-29 September 2019”

Rethinking Security

New: curriculum resources for 11-14 year-olds “Do We Need To Rethink Security?”

In partnership with our colleagues at Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Forces Watch, we have produced a curriculum resource pack for use with children in lower secondary school or similar educational settings. The resource pack is available to download from the TES website. Please have a look, and do share this information with any teachers / educators whom you think might be interested. Reviews on the website would also be most welcome.  Continue reading “Rethinking Security”

Inspection Report Published: An inspection of the policies and practices of the Home Office … relating to charging and fees

4 April 2019: Inspection Report Published: An inspection of the policies and practices of the Home Office’s Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems relating to charging and fees

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UK urged to end unfair fees for child citizenship applicants

4 April 2019 Guardian: UK urged to end unfair fees for child citizenship applicants: Home Office should also refund fees from failed requests, says immigration watchdog

The Home Office should consider scrapping controversial immigration fees charged to children from families who can’t afford it and refund profits made from failed citizenship applications, according to an official watchdog. Continue reading “UK urged to end unfair fees for child citizenship applicants”

QCEA Anti-Migrant Hate Speech report

September 2018: The report in full here http://www.qcea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Hate-Speech-Report_final.pdf

Recommendations: 

Governments: 
• Adopt and effectively implement relevant legislation that includes preventive and punitive action to combat incitement to hatred, while making sure that restrictions to freedom of expression are legal, proportional and necessary. Continue reading “QCEA Anti-Migrant Hate Speech report”