|Immigration and asylum | The Guardian|
|Home Office has utterly failed in immigration detention, MPs find|
|Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:01:02 GMT|
Irresponsibility led to people being wrongly detained, committee chair says
The Home Office approach to immigration detention is careless and cavalier and has led to people being wrongfully detained, an influential parliamentary committee has concluded.
The home affairs select committee said in a scathing report that the department had overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process.Continue reading...
|Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision|
|Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:26:43 GMT|
Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed back
The family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.
Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist propaganda online. There she married a terrorist fighter and had three children, all of whom died as infants.
|Home Office held 'illegal interview' with asylum seeker|
|Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:00:14 GMT|
Woman attended immigration centre in Sheffield and was met by Zimbabwean officials
Concerns have been raised that the Home Office acted illegally when it invited Zimbabwean government officials to interview an asylum seeker at an immigration centre.
The Zimbabwean woman, who has been in the UK for more than 16 years and has an ongoing asylum claim, attended Vulcan House in Sheffield in December to find Zimbabwean officials waiting to speak to her.Continue reading...
|Home Office apologises for failings that led to detention centre death|
|Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:51:08 GMT|
Officials admit shortcomings at inquest into death of man who was killed by another detainee
A senior Home Office official has repeatedly apologised for shortcomings that led to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention, at an inquest into his death.
West London coroner’s court is exploring the role of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the death of Tarek Chowdhury, from Bangladesh. The 64-year-old was killed by Zana Assad Yusif, 33, from Iraq, at Colnbrook immigration removal centre near Heathrow in December 2016.Continue reading...
|We must avoid a Brexit ‘Windrush’ | Letters|
|Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:41:51 GMT|
|Thousands of children of EU nationals must not be allowed to fall foul of new UK immigration rules, warn Steve Valdez-Symonds and Carol Bohmer|
You report (EU children: Risk of ‘new Windrush generation’, 18 March) on warnings that thousands of children of EU citizens are at risk of similar injustice and harm to that suffered by the Windrush generation. It’s important to shine a spotlight on this worrying prospect, which will only be avoided if it is far better understood.
It’s vital that the rights of children are considered separately to their EU citizen parents’ need to confirm their own status under the new immigration rules. Many children born in the UK to EU citizens are British citizens because one of their parents was settled in the UK at the time the child was born. If neither parent was settled at the time of birth, children are entitled to register as British citizens under UK nationality law; while children brought to the UK and grown up here have rights to register. It’s crucial to understand this – if a child’s citizenship is not confirmed or registered, they will grow up wrongly treated as migrants, subject to the immigration system and unable to prove their citizenship rights in the years ahead. Children taken into care are especially at risk.Continue reading...
|Thousands of children 'could become undocumented' after Brexit|
|Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:00:30 GMT|
Children of EU nationals at risk of becoming new Windrush generation, says legal charity Coram
Thousands of children of EU nationals risk becoming a new “Windrush generation”, a children’s legal charity has said.
They are concerned that vulnerable children could become undocumented in the same way as the Caribbean children who came to the UK decades ago only to suffer at the hands of the Home Office’s hostile environment decades later.Continue reading...
|Mosque attacks and the narrative of exclusion | Letters|
|Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:50:06 GMT|
Guardian readers respond to the Christchurch shootings
Jonathan Freedland (We must confront the right’s hate preachers, 16 March) is right to castigate Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini and Donald Trump for their anti-Islamic rhetoric. But we must not omit the part played by British politicians in deliberately adopting language that promotes hatred of religious and racial groups. Boris Johnson’s “letterboxes”, David Cameron’s “swarm” of migrants, Theresa May’s “Go home” posters, Sajid Javid’s “asylum shoppers” all help to inspire the warped narrative of exclusion that the Christchurch murderer made explicit in his manifesto.
• Jonathan Freedland does not go far enough in arguing that political leaders such as Orbán and Trump have contributed to Islamaphobia. When has any political leader in this country, Europe or the US ever made an embracing and inclusive statement of nationhood like Jacinda Ardern’s when she said of all those killed in Christchurch – many of them probably immigrants and refugees – that, “They are us.”
|British amateur sports clubs cry foul as new visa rules hit home|
|Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:00:07 GMT|
Universities forced to ban talented players from competitions
With only three games left to play, this season should be one to remember at Tendring Volleyball Club.
For the first time in their 28-year history, the unbeaten men’s side are on the cusp of promotion to the national super league. But instead the Essex team’s euphoria has been replaced by dismay. If Tendring do go up, they, like many other amateur sports sides right now, will have to do so without some star players.Continue reading...
|Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit|
|Sat, 16 Mar 2019 00:01:24 GMT|
New measures will allow international students to seek employment for up to a year
International students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.
The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.Continue reading...
|Sajid Javid urged to act on refugee family reunification bill|
|Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:26:42 GMT|
Letter from dozens of MPs calls on home secretary to pass bill pending for a year into law
Nearly 70 MPs have written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, urging him to act over proposed legislation that would relax restrictive rules for reuniting refugees with their families.
Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. They are unable to submit applications for their parents, grandparents, siblings or children over 18.Continue reading...
|Spring statement policies look to Brexit and a hi-tech future|
|Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:24:45 GMT|
Chancellor promises a global Britain and announces funds for science and digital projects
The chancellor outlined a package of measures at the spring statement designed to prepare Britain for life outside the EU, as well as for the hi-tech digital jobs of the future.
Alongside the central update on the economy, other announcements made by Philip Hammond included:Continue reading...
|ID cards a possibility after Brexit, says UK immigration minister|
|Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:20:18 GMT|
Caroline Nokes floats ID cards as response to residence rules after free movement ends
Ministers could potentially consider some type of post-Brexit ID card system for the UK, the immigration minister has said, saying this would be a response to the sheer complexity of residence rules once free movement ends.
Giving evidence to the EU home affairs subcommittee in the House of Lords, Caroline Nokes said particular difficulties could arise in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as there would be seven separate ways under which EU nationals could legally be in the UK.Continue reading...
|Home Office under fire over man’s death in immigration detention|
|Mon, 11 Mar 2019 16:51:04 GMT|
Tarek Chowdhury from Bangladesh was killed by another detainee at Colnbrook
The Home Office is under fire about how a “gentle and polite” man lost his life to a killer with a history of violence and mental health problems after officials locked them both up on the same wing in immigration detention.
An inquest which opened on Monday at west London coroner’s court is to explore the role of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the death of Tarek Chowdhury, 64, from Bangladesh, who was killed by Zana Assad Yusif, 33, from Iraq, at Colnbrook immigration removal centre near Heathrow in December 2016.Continue reading...
|'My patient was trafficked from Eritrea and raped. She cries, so do I'|
|Mon, 11 Mar 2019 08:00:07 GMT|
Life as a specialist homeless GP in London involves a lot more than just practising medicine
There’s nothing more invigorating than being surrounded by inspiring people. I’m at a conference. There are passionate speeches about the effects of child poverty, and the devastating effects of NHS migrant charging, and workshops about rising homeless deaths. It’s one big crusade against health inequalities. I feel empowered and ready to change the world.Continue reading...
|Let’s get asylum seekers to work – email your MP to back the campaign | Letters|
|Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:44:47 GMT|
|Frances Middleton, who is on the steering committee of Norwich City of Sanctuary, on the desperation and health costs caused by rules that stop asylum seekers taking a job|
I was very glad to read of the support for asylum seekers from the world of the arts (Letters, 5 March). Thank you, all of you! I belong to the steering committee of Norwich City of Sanctuary, which supports the campaign, gathering momentum daily, to persuade the Home Office to change its rules about asylum seekers working, and also the iniquity of unlimited detention. I volunteer at an advice centre for refugees settled in Norwich. Our clients are always short of money, and sometimes desperate. There is nothing available to them while they wait for the wheels of the Home Office to roll interminably.
Not only is the lack of money a source of stress, but also the frustration of not being able to use their skills, or even do anything, means that their mental health is compromised hugely, leading to a drain on NHS services.Continue reading...
|Brexit: 'Home Office should lose its immigration duties'|
|Fri, 08 Mar 2019 07:00:38 GMT|
Ministers have no clear policy and operations need urgent review, says thinktank report
The Home Office is the wrong department to manage immigration after Brexit, says a highly critical report by the Institute for Government (IfG) thinktank.
The department is pressing ahead with the full rollout of a registration scheme for an estimated 3.8 million EU citizens from 30 March, but the report lays bare systemic flaws in the Home Office and calls for an “urgent” root-and-branch review of its immigration operations.Continue reading...
|Commonwealth veterans face UK visa fees and deportation|
|Fri, 08 Mar 2019 06:01:36 GMT|
British Legion says treatment of ex-soldiers is ‘a poor way to say thank-you’
Hundreds of Commonwealth military veterans who risked their lives serving in the UK armed forces face spiralling debts after being forced to pay “exorbitant” visa fees to remain in the country after their discharge, campaigners have said.
Before Commonwealth Day on Monday, the Royal British Legion is calling on the government to scrap the fees as a matter of urgency, saying it is scant thanks for veterans.Continue reading...
|It’s not the ‘white working class’. The real home of bigotry is elsewhere | Faiza Shaheen|
|Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:02:27 GMT|
|Poorer people get blamed for everything. But it’s actually middle-income earners who are most prejudiced|
New research this week has undermined the widely held view that to be prejudiced you must be poor. It turns out that, rather than the working class or the poorest, it is middle-income earners – those in households with combined salaries of £25k-£50k – who are more likely to feel threatened by immigrants: Muslims, Gypsies and Travellers. Tell me something I don’t know.
For years, we have had a deeply divisive and incorrect conversation about the working class. We constantly hear the working class is white rather than multi-ethnic; that it is the white working class who disproportionately voted for Brexit, even though that is factually incorrect; and that it is among the white working class that we find the majority of British racism.Continue reading...
|Home Office to amend registration rules for vulnerable EU citizens|
|Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:58:47 GMT|
Out-of-court settlement reached following charity’s threat to seek judicial review
The Home Office has reached an out-of-court settlement with a charity that had threatened a judicial review over the registration system for EU citizens.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) agreed to drop its application for a judicial review after Sajid Javid’s department made changes to its guidance to caseworkers in relation to vulnerable citizens.Continue reading...
|UK court ruling raises hopes of asylum for torture survivors|
|Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:27:51 GMT|
Supreme court verdict on Sri Lankan man deals fresh blow to immigration policy
Tens of thousands of torture survivors could find it easier to secure sanctuary in the UK after a ruling by the supreme court.
In a landmark decision on Wednesday, the court overturned a previous finding that an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka organised his own torture to strengthen his claim to stay in Britain.Continue reading...