Together With Refugees Coalition Launched
In response to the proposed New Plan for Immigration, leading refugee charities have come together to launch Together with Refugees. The coalition of over 130 member groups is calling for more compassionate and just treatment of asylum […]
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May
11
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Coalition of Churches sends Open Letter to Home Secretary
A coalition of over 80 churches and Christian organisations, including Jubilee+, has come together to respond through an open letter to the Home Secretary Priti Patel's New Plan for Immigration.
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May
10
2021
Author
Dave Smith
New Plan for Immigration Consultation - Guide to Responding
JPIT, the Joint Public Interest Team, has published a very helpful guide to help those who would like to respond to the government plan for immigration reform.
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April
21
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Jubilee+ Statement on the New Plan for Immigration
Like many churches and groups from across the UK that support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, Jubilee+ has grave concerns about many of the plans for immigration reform outlined by the Home Secretary Priti Patel recently. The […]
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April
20
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Vitual Lobby of MPs to close the barracks.
A virtual lobby of MPs to close the army barracks in Folkestone andPengally that are currently housing newly arrived asylum seekers is being arranged for this Friday, 19th March.
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March
15
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Support for Asylum Seekers placed in Hotels
'Compassionate Communities' based in the Anglican Diocese of London, have produced a helpful guide for churches that want to support asylum seekers who have been temporarily placed in hotels.
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March
09
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Weekly Roundup of Refugee News 2.3.21
This week sees a whole range of asylum and refugee stories from across the world. There are more revelations about the Covid outbreak at the Napier Barracks, as well as a story of unsuitable asylum accommodation.and sexual harassment […]
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March
04
2021
Author
Dave Smith
In Depth Story of a Refugee Journey
Tortoise Media have published a lengthy, in-depth article entitled 'Fortress Britain'. It tells of the journey made by one young man who fled Iran and ended up crossing the channel to the UK, only to find that the UK asylum system […]
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January
29
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Weekly Roundup of Refugee News 29.1.21
The main features this week revolve around conditions in the old army barracks housing newly arrived asylum seekers, including an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Napier barracks in Folkestone. There are also articles on the abandonment […]
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January
29
2021
Author
Dave Smith
Roundup of Refugee News over Christmas and New Year
This week's roundup covers two weeks of national and international refugee stories up to January 6th.
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January
07
2021
Author
Dave Smith
GCP launches new resource pack, including film of refugee stories.
Govan Community Project in Glasgow (GCP) have just launched an excellent educational media resource pack entitled 'We Journey Together'.
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December
18
2020
Author
Dave Smith
Weekly Refugee News Roundup 30th November
These are the top ten news stories on issues affecting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the week beginning November 30th.
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December
02
2020
Author
Dave Smith
Freedom From Torture documents Attacks on Refugee Rights
Freedom From Torture has put together a very disturbing compilation of events and a hardening of attitude within the Home Office towards refugees, led by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
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November
16
2020
Author
Dave Smith
Independent: Thousands of asylum seekers in hotels need cash support during pandemic, Home Office admits
Thousands of asylum seekers placed in emergency hotel accommodation should have been receiving financial support during the pandemic, the Home Office has admitted after it was ordered by the High Court to conduct a review into the matter.
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November
16
2020
Author
Dave Smith
The Truth Behind Seven Myths About Asylum Seekers
Huffington Post has published a very useful article for those who need facts to combat false perceptions of asylum seekers.
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October
13
2020
Author
Dave Smith
Faith Leaders and NGOs urge Government not to evict Asylum Seekers
Refugee organisations and faith leaders have written to the government to urge them to reverse the decision of the Home Office to evict refused asylum seekers onto the streets in the middle of a pandemic.
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October
08
2020
Author
Dave Smith
National Refugee Prayer Hour to become a regular event
In June the first National Refugee Prayer Hour took place via Zoom. The event was so successful that the organisers have decided to make it a regular event.
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August
28
2020
Author
Dave Smith
New Report from Asylum Matters highlights Serious Failings with Asylum Support Contracts
Forty-two refugee support organisations across the UK have today published a report based on evidence they provided to the National Audit Office during its investigation into the Home Office’s new asylum support contracts.
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July
03
2020
Author
Dave Smith
JRS publishes Report on the Impact of Immigration Detention
The Jesuit Refugee Service has brought out a damning report of the impact of immigration detention in the UK, entitled 'Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention’.
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July
02
2020
Author
Dave Smith
DWP Select Committee recommends Suspension of NRPF
The government Select Committee for the Department of Work and Pensions has recommended that No Recourse to Public Funds restrictions should be suspended while the Covid-19 pandemic lasts.
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June
29
2020
Author
Dave Smith
New Report from Freedom From Torture on Asylum Decision Making
Freedom From Torture has published a new report on Asylum Decision Making at the Home Office entitled 'Beyond Belief'.
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June
29
2020
Author
Freedom From Torture
Latest on Lift The Ban Coalition
The Lift The Ban Coalition is gaining momentum. This is a report from the latest coalition gathering.
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March
09
2020
Author
Mary Brandon, Asylum Matters
The British Red Cross has published a new report on the costs of refugee destitution
The report, written by the LSE on behalf of the British Red Cross,estimates that extending the move-on period from 28 to 56 days could result in annual benefits of between £4 million and £7 million to the UK
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February
22
2020
Author
Dave Smith
120 Refugee Organisations sign letter of complaint re AIRE
Asylum Matters has sent a letter of complaint to Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office, regarding severe failings in the new AIRE contract with Migrant Help. It was signed by 120 refugee organisations.
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November
11
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Refugee Action and NACCOM launch report on Legal Support
'Tipping the Scales' is a joint report from Refugee Action and NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network, that highlights the lack of legal aid support for asylum seekers across the UK.
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November
01
2019
Author
Refugee Action and NACCOM
New Report highlights Systemic Failings in the Immigration Bail system
The Bail Observation Project have released a new report, based on 12 law students watching 55 bail hearings at Taylor House over six months.
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October
22
2019
Author
Dave Smith
New Report Highlights Failings in Accessing Section 4 Support
This week saw the launch of a new report by NACCOM and Refugee Action looking into lengthy Home Office delays in delivering asylum support to those who are destitute and have been refused asylum.
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September
06
2019
Author
Dave Smith
New Asylum Statistics Released
The Home Office has released asylum statistics for the period from April to June 2019. They show a significant rise in positive decisions but also a sharp rise in people waiting more than six months for a decision.
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September
03
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Lift The Ban coalition announces Social Media Action.
In order to ensure that the right to work for people seeking asylum remains high on the agenda of the new Home Secretary as it was for her predecessor, the Lift the Ban coalition has launched a social media action which all supporters […]
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August
08
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Right to Remain launches Video Series
Right to Remain has just launched a set of videos explaining the UK asylum system on YouTube in different languages.
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August
06
2019
Author
Dave Smith
NACCOM launches new report into Refugee Homelessness
NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network has launched follow-up report to 'Mind The Gap', showing how newly granted refugees are still being made homeless after moving on from asylum accommodation.
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June
20
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Call for evidence: Use of interpreters in the asylum process
The Chief Inspector invites anyone with knowledge and experience of the Home Office’s use of interpreters in the asylum process to submit evidence for his next inspection.
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June
05
2019
Author
Dave Smith
New Training in Religious Persecution for Asylum Operations Decision Makers
Today sees the the launch of two newly developed training packages: ‘Considering Religion or Belief in the Asylum Claim’, and ‘Assessing Evidence: Medical Legal Reports’, developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.
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June
05
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Praxis publishes new Impact Report
Praxis Community Projects in East London has just released its 2018 Impact Report, which shows the difference the organisation is making to vulnerable migrants in London.
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April
11
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Asylum Early Action partnership launched
The Asylum Early Action Partnership, which aims to help those seeking asylum prepare better for what they will face in the asylum system, has been launched.
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April
11
2019
Author
Andrea Vukovic (Asylum Matters)
New Report from Safe Passage highlights dangers for Unaccompanied Children in Geece
A report by Safe Passage that highlights the delays and dangers for unaccompanied children in Greece waiting to be reunited with family.
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March
06
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Refugee Action looking for Asylum Guides
Refugee Action has successfully piloted an Asylum Guides programme and is now actively looking for frontline organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers to join the programme.
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February
05
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Home Affairs Committee Report Heavily Critical of Asylum Accommodation
In its report on Asylum accommodation the Home Affairs Committee say the Home Office needs to show greater urgency about the degrading conditions in which vulnerable people are being housed.
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January
14
2019
Author
Dave Smith
New Asylum Accommodation Contracts Awarded
The new government COMPASS contracts have been awarded to three multinational companies. The big losers are previous holders G4S.
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January
14
2019
Author
Dave Smith
Red Cross publishes new Move-On Report
The British Red Cross has published a follow-up report to its original report in 2014 on the move-on period for new refugees. In brief, little has changed.
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December
06
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Shocking Investigation reveals the Truth about Immigration Detention
A survey of almost 200 detainees in UK detention centres has been published in the Guardian. It showed that over half the detainees were defined as an “adult at risk” - which means they should only be lawfully detained in extreme cases..
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October
10
2018
Author
Dave Smith
New Briefing on Healthcare Charges
What are Asylum Seekers and other Immigrants entitled to? What do they have to pay for? This briefing from Asylum Matters gives you the answers.
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August
23
2018
Author
Dave Smith
JPIT calls for an end to the 'Hostile Environment'.
In a report published at the end of June, a group of churches called the hostile environment "inhumane and discriminatory", encouraging “suspicion and distrust”.
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June
29
2018
Author
Dave Smith
NACCOM Conference date and venue announced
Tickets are now on sale for the Annual Conference in September of NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network, whose members provide accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and refugees.
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May
30
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Child refugees have the right to bring family, EU court rules
The European Court of Justice ruled last week that unaccompanied child refugees who arrive in Europe have the right to apply for family members to join them.
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April
20
2018
Author
Fabien Cante, Migrants' Rights Network
'Blanket Study Ban' for young asylum seekers.
Recent changes in the law have led to young asylum seekers in the UK suddenly finding that they are banned from studying, in some cases just prior to taking exams or starting a university course.
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April
12
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Refugee Action publishes its Vision for the Future
Refugee Action has set out what it thinks the UK asylum system should look like in a briefing paper entitled "Fair and Effective: a Vision for the Asylum System".
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February
28
2018
Author
Dave Smith
BID launches legal action against G4S
BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) are seeking to have a legal ruling that would designate G4S a ‘High Risk’ strategic supplier. This would make it harder for the government to award G4S future contracts.
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February
22
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Guardian exposes failings in Asylum Interviews
The Guardian newspaper has printed three articles on what goes wrong in asylum interviews. One focuses on quotes from former caseworkers turned whistleblowers, while another features two refugees whose interviews were badly handled.
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February
14
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Refugee Council launches Campaign on Refugee Family Reunion
The Refugee Council is campaigning to change the UK’s restrictive rules surrounding refugee family reunion. They are asking people to write to their MP to ask them to attend an important debate on March 16th.
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February
01
2018
Author
Dave Smith
JRS launches new report on Refugee Destitution in London
The Jesuit Refugee Service has launched a comprehensive report called 'Out in the Cold' on the homelessness and destitution experienced by those using its services in London.
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January
26
2018
Author
Jesuit Refugee Service
UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal
The UK and France have agreed a new deal to increase security around Calais and other French ports to prevent migrants from crossing the channel.
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January
23
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Uk Asylum Rates increased - by 80p a week
The weekly support allowance for asylum seekers in the UK has been increased by 80p a week to £37.75.
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January
23
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Children in Calais to be reunited with families faster.
Prime Minister Theresa May and President Macron of France have agreed a process to speed up family reunification, especially for unaccompanied minors in France.
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January
23
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Right to Remain Toolkit Published
The Right to Remain Toolkit, which until now has been an online resource, has now been published for the first time.
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January
14
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Immigration Judges Criticise Detention System
A recently published Bar Council Report, 'Injustice in Immigration Detention', shows heavy criticism by Immigration Judges of extensive failings in the UK detention system.
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December
06
2017
Author
Dave Smith
UK asylum seekers living in 'squalid, unsafe slum conditions'
A Guardian Report on housing conditions in asylum accommodation as the new asylum accommodation contract goes to tender.
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November
06
2017
Author
Frances Perraudin (The Guardian)
Torture Victims wrongly imprisoned
Hundreds of victims of torture have been wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres, a high court judge has ruled, following a challenge by seven survivors of serious abuse.
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October
10
2017
Author
Diane Taylor (The Guardian)
Campaign for better asylum decision-making launched
Freedom from Torture has launched a campaign for better quality decision-making after research showed that people who have survived horrific violence and abuse are being denied safety in the UK despite having valid asylum claims. The […]
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September
03
2017
Author
Dave Smith

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