Churches Refugee Network statement re: evictions of asylum families in Glasgow

QARN has signed this statement along with others:

The Churches Refugee Network* has noted with alarm and disapproval the arbitrary nature of the planned decision to evict without prior consultations 600  asylum families currently settled in their Glasgow community.

As a national network of churches supporting  asylum seekers we are only too familiar with the risks to mental and physical health such unprepared changes will inflict on those who already have suffered much trauma.

We criticise  this  renewed evidence of UKBA’s ignorance and lack of concern of the social effects of arbitrary changes on such people and at UKBA’s  focus of financial  over Humanitarian priorities .

We also see this planned eviction as a breach of Britain’s compliance with  the EU Directive on the  Reception of Asylum seekers.

We demand that the decision to discontinue the contract with Glasgow Council be undone, and a humane resolution/ settlement be implemented.

*The Churches Refugee Network is a national network associated to CTBI, the national ecumenical organisation of British churches.”

Parliament statistics – children in detention

Immigrants: Children

Dr Huppert:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained for immigration purposes (a) on each of the last 14 days for which figures are available, (b) in each of the last 12 weeks, (c) in each of the last 12 months and (d) in each of the last five years. [25397]

Damian Green:
The requested information is not available as figures on persons entering detention have been published only since the beginning of 2009. The following tables show the number of children who entered detention each month, solely under Immigration Act powers, between January 2009 and June 2010.