The Refugee Council warmly welcomes the news released by the Home Office today that Campsfield House immigration removal centre will close by May 2019. This closure will coincide with the end of its current management contract.
Restrictions to Britain’s aid support to countries affected by crises and natural disasters that severely impact their economy are lifted
The UK has secured a significant change to the international aid rules which would allow high income countries, which experience economic shocks, caused by crises and natural disasters, to apply to receive ODA.
New research reveals vital role played by refugee-led community organisations in integration
New research published today by the Refugee Council highlights the key role that refugee-led community organisations (RCOs) and networks play in supporting refugees to integrate, and increasing refugee inclusion and participation in the UK.
Billy Briggs - Education in emergencies writer
The Refugee Welcome Schools programme is being expanded and students are also sending aid to Syrian children.
Schoolchildren in UK cities are welcoming refugees and sending aid abroad as part of a European project to improve the lives of people fleeing war.
A pilot programme in Cardiff and Birmingham called Refugee Welcome Schools has proved hugely successful and there are plans to expand it to other British towns and cities.
The UK Home Office has agreed to carry out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment and alleged abuse of detainees held in its network of 10 immigration removal centres (IRC’S), following the threat of legal action. The inquiry will investigate accusations of both verbal and physical abuse in order to decide whether conduct was in breach of the detainees’ right “not to be tortured or treated in an inhumane or degrading way”.
Europe: At Home and the change it brings
London, 8 October 2018 - Brother Bernard Elliot SJ, who started JRS UK, once said that when a person starts to feel at home “they begin to enjoy being human.” By creating environments where people feel secure, a person can feel relaxed and begin to grow and enjoy their relationships.
Author: Naohiko Omata (Senior Research Officer, Refugee Economies Programme, Refugee Studies Centre)
Still not safe - fresh research into violence against women seeking asylum
Women who have fled war and persecution in their home countries are not protected from abuse and violence here in the UK, in the country they thought would make them safe, finds ground-breaking new research published today by the Refugee Council and ASAP.
The Refugee Council is delighted to hear the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)’s announcement that immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children in care will be brought back into the scope of legal aid. This is a fantastic achievement for the Children’s Society - the charity that has settled their case against the Lord Chancellor - and represents an important forward step in the protection of the fundamental rights of vulnerable children.
What will this actually mean for unaccompanied and separated children?
by Chris Bowie, Regional Therapeutic Services Team
UK aid: Focus cross-government projects on world's poorest, urge MPs
Aid delivered under the Prosperity Fund is insufficiently focused on the poorest, according to a new report from the International Development Committee, the Definition and administration of ODA. The Government has committed to spending increasing amounts of Official Development Assistance (ODA) outside the Department for International Development (DFID) claiming that this will engage other departments' skills, expertise and networks.
by Serena Chaudhry | @SerenaChaudhry | Thomson Reuters Foundation
"It's very inhumane. They don't treat you like a human being. You don't have rights"
LONDON, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign trafficking survivors wishing to stay in Britain say their health has suffered as they struggle to cope with insensitive staff, a lack of information and years in limbo, without the right to work, due to a backlog of asylum claims.
Growing compassion towards refugees could be attributed to a more accepting attitude post-Brexit, as well as the Windrush scandal over Britain's treatment of Caribbean immigrants
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By Serena Chaudhry
LONDON, May 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Public sympathy for refugees is growing in Britain and more than half of British people believe there should be greater support from the government, a study found on Thursday.
The UK’s approach to funding the UN humanitarian system
We are conducting of performance review to assess how well DFID uses its influence as a major funder of the United Nations (UN) humanitarian system to improve the effectiveness and value for money of multilateral humanitarian aid.
In 2016, the UK spent £1.3 billion on humanitarian assistance – about 10% of the aid budget. In 2015-16, more than £900 million was directed through the following UN humanitarian organisations:
Britain Becomes 74th Country to Join Safe Schools Declaration
Britain’s announcement today that it is backing the Safe Schools Declaration is as important as it is timely. The Declaration, in which governments pledge to not use schools for military purposes and to protect them during military operations, has now been signed by 74 countries, including the majority of NATO and EU member states.
In recent weeks, significant numbers of asylum seekers in the UK have been informed that they are prohibited from studying, including some who had been preparing for important examinations.
Legislative changes brought in under Schedule 10 to the Immigration Act 2016, which came into force in January 2018, have affected the status of those asylum seekers who are in the UK without leave to enter or remain; including those who are waiting for the Home Office to make a decision on their asylum application.
"I couldn't believe it. When the offer came, I couldn't sleep that night. I was so excited"
By Lin Taylor
LONDON, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As soon as he was allowed to work in Britain, Ethiopian refugee Sentayhu began applying for jobs, confident his experience as a web developer back home would land him a tech industry role.
But month after month, the 35-year-old heard nothing back.
The Home Office today published a report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, "How the Home Office considers the ‘Best interests’ of Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children", following an inspection in late 2017.
By Laura Padoan
After initial vote in Commons, the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill will now be examined by a committee of MPs, raising hopes for rule changes to help keep families together
MPs from across the political divide voted on Friday in favour of changing the law to enable families divided by conflict and persecution to be reunited in the UK.