Female Asylum Seekers Failed by the UKBA

Over the past few days, we’ve seen a huge amount of media coverage of Women for Refugee Women’s brilliant report detailing the UKBA and Home Office’s failure to support and protect women seeking asylum in the UK. The reported revealed that 74% of women seeking asylum in the UK are refused at first decision, despite the fact that 50% of …

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Stop the Deportation of Roseline Akhalu

We’ve just received an email from the campaigning group No-Deportations, about the potential deportation of Roseline Akhalu. Please take a moment to sign the online petition or send an email to the Home Office demanding that they do not deny Roseline the critical medical help she needs. (text c/o No Deportations)Roseline arrived in the UK in September 2004 from Nigeria on …

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Only The Oppressed

It only takes ten minutes to watch this brilliant short film, detailing the experiences of three men fleeing the Iraqi-Kurdistan conflict to find sanctuary in Britain. In a striking portrayal of the precarious lives of three young men, Only the Oppressed is an important reminder of how the UK’s asylum process is far from simple. In a poignant moment of clarity at the end of …

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Our "Proud Tradition?"

The UK has a proud tradition of providing a place of safety for genuine refugees. However, we are determined to refuse protection to those who do not need it, and we will take steps to remove those who have no valid grounds to stay here. (UKBA, 2012) This is an excerpt from the UKBA’s introductory page to ‘Claiming Asylum in …

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Sheffield takes a stand against G4S

Yorkshire academics, activists and organisations working within the refugee-related sector have had their suspicions of the multinational corporation, G4S, for a long while. Group 4 Securicor, the conglomeration formed when Securicor merged with other security companies, have recently been deemed the ‘preferred’ bidder for a huge government contract that would see this profitable private company being responsible for the provision …

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