News August 2023

27 August 2023

Home Secretary’s plan to house UK asylum seekers on ‘deathtrap’ barge faces legal hurdle

Suella Braverman’s stalled plan to house asylum seekers on a giant barge is facing a major legal hurdle after firefighters threatened the government with a judicial review, claiming the vessel is a “potential deathtrap”.

26 August 2023

Family-owned business makes 10k donation to pioneering project sheltering refugees

Positive Action in Housing - whose pioneering project Room for Refugees rehomes displaced people - is being given )10,000 by one of the city's leading employers!

24 August 2023

Asylum backlog almost doubles as researchers warn Illegal Migration Act could create ‘perma-backlog’

Today it has been announced that the number of people waiting over 6 months for an initial decision has increased by 57% creating another record high. In May, the number of people waiting over 6 months rose above 128,000, marking a 3200% increase over 12 years. 

24 August 2023

Suella Braverman’s safety claims savaged as dozens of Rwandans are granted asylum in the UK

Suella Braverman’s claim that Rwanda is a safe place to send asylum seekers has been criticised as data reveals that dozens of Rwandans have been granted asylum in the UK.

24 August 2023

Illegal Migration Act will leave tens of thousands of asylum seekers in a permanent state of “limbo”

According to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the recently passed Illegal Migration Act in the UK will leave tens of thousands of people crossing into the country via the Channel in a state of "limbo" and in need of government support. The report suggests that the government's approach to illegal migration, combined with a backlog of cases, will result in tens of thousands of individuals waiting indefinitely for their cases to be processed.

24 August 2023

Dungavel Detained Stirling University student granted bail

Detained Stirling University student Muhammad Raud Waris was granted bail this morning, leading to his expected release from Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre where he had been detained for more than two months for alleged visa breaches.

18 August 2023

Manston Security Contract Extended by One Year

Despite the failures at Manston Processing Centre to provide adequate care for people seeking safety, the contract with the private security services there has been renewed for another year. Once again profit, not people, is being put at the centre of our asylum system.

17 August 2023

The Bibby Stockholm barge is “no place for asylum seekers”

A man who previously lived on the Bibby Stockholm barge has claimed “it’s no place for asylum seekers”

14 August 2023

More Channel drownings, incompetence, and bare-faced racism

THE latest tragedy in the English Channel underlines the need to urgently establish a system of viable, safe routes for refugees from countries like Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan. The tactics adopted by the Home Office are not stopping "the boats". A different approach is needed.

12 August 2023

Six refugees dead after boat capsizes crossing from France to UK

Six people died after a boat carrying refugees and asylum seekers heading to Britain sank in the English Channel, French maritime officials said, as a search continued to find those still missing.

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