Factsheet on immigration detention

Detention Forum information: CPT has published factsheets on immigration detention.  There is a useful reference on the time limit issue (page 2, at the bottom of section 1).
  • The CPT is of the view that the prolonged detention of persons under aliens legislation, without a time limit and with unclear prospects for release, could easily be considered as amounting to inhuman treatment.

Home Office Introduction of ‘Safe Country Review’ for Refugee Settlement

The Home Office has announced a new policy ending automatic settlement for refugees after 5 years. The policy states that ‘all those who apply for settlement protection after completing the appropriate probationary period of limited leave will be subjected to a safe return review’. The idea of ‘safe return reviews’ was introduced by Theresa May while she was Home Secretary in her 2015 Conservative Party Conference speech with the stated intention behind it to ensure that ‘only those who continue to need protection benefit from settlement on this route’. Concerns cited around the policy include the impact on the integration opportunities of refugees, particularly in terms of challenges in accessing work and education given automatic settlement is no longer guaranteed, as well as the bureaucratic burden on the Home Office to actively review individual cases. A response from Refugee Council is here.

Thanks, to Asylum Matters

Red Coss: Can’t stay. Can’t go

CAN’T STAY. CAN’T GO. Refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned:
Refused asylum seekers who, through no faultof their own, cannot be returned to their country
of origin, risk falling into crisis. Many remain in the UK for extended periods of time and, withoutsupport, are vulnerable to exploitation. They are also likely to drop off the radar, which makes iteven less likely that they can be returned. The Red Cross believes it is inhumane to keep them livingin destitution for years with no recognition of the suffering they face.
For the Home Office
1.Refused asylum seekers who cannot return home due to such issues as lack of documentation should not be made destitute. Our recommendations include the need to: Continue reading “Red Coss: Can’t stay. Can’t go”