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New: Weekly Roundup of Refugee News

Independent: Serious self-harm incidents surge 2,000% in detention centre holding Channel asylum seekers

Self-harm incidents have surged twentyfold in a year at a detention centre holding asylum seekers who have crossed the Channel on small boats, with incidents occurring more than daily despite the number of detainees having reduced significantly, The Independent can reveal.

Independent: Asylum seekers forced to travel miles to sign on with Home Office during lockdown

Asylum seekers and trafficking victims are being forced to travel miles on public transport despite lockdown restrictions because the Home Office has said they must continue to report to officials in person.

Guardian: UK homeless charities call for suspension of ‘reckless’ eviction of asylum seekers 

Homeless charities are calling for evictions of asylum seekers to be suspended as growing numbers are being left destitute as winter approaches.


Independent: Asylum seekers jailed for steering dinghies across Channel despite ‘not being part of criminal gangs’

Migrants are being jailed for steering dinghies across the English Channel despite an official report finding that there are “no organised crime group members” on board.


Bristol Live: Refugees and asylum seekers wrongly sent huge NHS charges for healthcare

NHS hospitals are wrongly sending bills for as much as “tens of thousands of pounds” to asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol - and refusing some care upfront, it is claimed.


Western Telegraph: Asylum seeker protest: 'Penally camp is like a prison'

PROTESTS have been held at Penally camp, with asylum seeker residents comparing it to a prison. The former MoD camp has housed up to 250 asylum seekers since September.


Guardian: Father faces criminal charge over son's death in migrant boat tragedy

The father of a six-year-old who died trying to reach the Greek island of Samos from the Turkish coast has been charged by Greek authorities with endangering his son’s life.


BBC & Channel 4: Tigray crisis viewpoint: Why Ethiopia is spiralling out of control (explainer)

Ethiopia appears to be fast approaching civil war. Fighting between forces loyal to the federal government headed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has claimed hundreds of lives and is threatening to rip the country apart.


 Guardian: UK aid budget facing billions in cuts

The Treasury is planning to slash billions from the overseas aid budget. The Foreign Office, which recently merged with the Department for International Development, is already cutting more than £2.9bn from the aid budget this year due to the fall in UK growth in 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis.


Oxford Mail: Refugee poets awarded high-profile Oxfordshire award for work

YOUNG refugees living in Oxfordshire won one of the county’s most prestigious awards for poetry.

The four talented poets from three countries were awarded the Oxfordshire Youth Awards’ Arts Superstar Award for their collaborative work with Orchestra of St John’s.


Mirror: Refugee war widows bake for foodbank providing for the needy during pandemic

Khadija Al Ali no longer has a home in the Syrian city of Idlib. It is just rubble, along with the home that belonged to her parents. Now she lives in Coventry, a war widow with four ­children, 3,000 miles from home. And today, like yesterday, Khadija, 36, is baking bread at Proof Bakery.