Gap-year students deciding asylum claims

guardian_logo1Guardian: Immigration lawyers condemn Home Office practice of recruiting undergraduates to make potentially life-or-death judgments

Gap-year students are being recruited by the Home Office to make potentially life or death decisions on asylum claims, the Observer has learned. The students receive only five weeks’ training before they begin interviewing asylum seekers and making decisions about whether they can stay in the UK or should be sent back to their home countries. Read more …


Committee report slams ‘appalling’ prejudice against asylum seekers

left foot forwardQuestions about asylum seekers having their doors painted red remain unanswered

Today the Home Affairs Committee has published a report on the work of the Immigration Directorate, raising a number of serious concerns about the way authorities handle asylum claims, and how asylum seekers are treated in the UK.

The committee has condemned the ‘appalling’ episodes of prejudice in which asylum seekers in Middlesbrough apparently had their front doors painted red, and asylum seekers in Cardiff were issued coloured wristbands which they had to wear in exchange for meals. Continue reading “Committee report slams ‘appalling’ prejudice against asylum seekers”

Detention Without Walls

Detention without wallsDetention Without Walls is a self-portrait of people caught in the cracks, between borders, without status.

Short film: 

Put together from interviews, poems, photos and material collected through a participatory research project, our film follows the moving story from immigration detention to life after detention, described as “detention without walls”. Abandoned at train stations, separated from family and friends, unable to work or travel, fearful of return but determined to stay in the UK, the film explores how ideas of crime, citizenship and community combine in ways that multiply rather than remove the differences between us. Continue reading “Detention Without Walls”

Harmondsworth, by the new Inspector, Peter Clarke

2016 March 2 Harmondsworth reportThe latest inspection report on Harmondsworth, by the new Inspector, Peter Clarke, is out today.  It is encouraging he also calls for a time limit on detention, following Nick Hardwick.
Here’s our Detention Forum statement, with a link to the report.

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