Following Theresa May’s annoucement of draconian requirements for those wishing to live with their loved ones in the UK (needing to earn more than £18, 600 or £24, 800 if you have children and want to live with your non-EEA national partner or spouse in the UK; needing to prove an ‘attachment’ to the UK; a harder English language test; and a probation period increased from 2 to 5 years), the release of the government’s Statement of Intent on Family Migration revealed their plans in all their gory detail. You can download the Statement here; you may wish to sit down first. Continue reading “Human rights under attack from all sides”
UNHCR Global trends report, 2011: UNHCR’s new report documents that 42.5 million people ended 2011 either as refugees (15.42 million), internally displaced (26.4 million), or as asylum seekers (895,000). 4.3 million people were newly displaced in 2011, but the high number of new refugees was offset by large numbers of IDPs returning home: 3.2 million, the highest rate in more than a decade. The report identifies several worrying trends: forced displacement is affecting larger numbers of people globally, with the annual level exceeding 42 million for each of the last five years and a person who becomes a refugee is likely to stay one for many years – 7.1 million refugees in UNHCR’s mandate have been in exile for at least five years.
Statement made at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in late April on the topic of ‘
Apologies for the lateness of informing you about this, but there was a statement made at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in late April on the topic of ‘violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families’. It was made by the Quaker representatives who attend the Crime Commission on behalf of Friends worldwide and received an appreciate response. Continue reading “Violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families”
Refugee Council’s Not a minor offence documents continued detention of children two years after government promises to stop
The charity’s report, Not a minor Offence, focuses on children they are working with who have arrived in the UK on their own, but who are not believed to be the age they say they are by social workers or immigration officials. They are then wrongly treated as adults in the asylum system, meaning they face being detained with other adults, and being removed to their own country, in breach of child protection laws.Read the article here or download the report directly here. Continue reading “Refugee Council: continued detention of children”