Category Archives: Campaigning Reports

Exploding myths – the link between youth unemployment and immigration

This week’s report by the Commission on Youth Unemployment revealed some extremely worrying stuff about youth unemployment in the UK –   over 1 in 5 of all young people are neither in training, education or employment (NEET), and youth unemployment is at its highest for two decades. The Commision’s report, chaired by David Miliband, received Continue reading


“The Appellant is stateless … ”: finding a solution to statelessness in the UK

Guest post by Russell Hargrave. Russell is the Communications and Public Affairs Officer for Asylum Aid.

For too long, the situation facing stateless people in the UK has been little understood.  In light of this, Asylum Aid and the UN Refugee Agency last week published our joint research report Mapping Statelessness in the United KingdomContinue reading

Rwandan Refugees Face Uncertain Future

Guest post by Barbara E Harrell-Bond. Barbara is Director of The Fahamu Refugee Project in Oxford.

The Fahamu Refugee Programme has mounted a campaign to oppose States and UNHCR withdrawing the protection of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees from tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees currently in exile.  Continue reading

Coping with destitution

Guest Post by Mike Kaye, Advocacy Manager for Still Human Still Here Coalition.

The term “sofa surfing” has been used to describe the transient existence of destitute refused asylum seekers who move from one place to another looking for any sort of accommodation with family or members of the community to keep them off the streets. A new report from OXFAM and Swansea University, Coping with destitution, provides a detailed and alarming picture of what this means in practice for the individuals affected and how they survive in the UK.

Even where refused asylum seekers are housed and assisted by supportive and well motivated members of the community, this still has a devastating impact on the individual’s dignity and self esteem over time.

The effect of being entirely dependent on others simply to subsist and the fact that there is no foreseeable end to this type of existence inevitably affects the mental and physical health of refused asylum seekers.

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State Sponsored Cruelty

The report published earlier this year by Medical Justice entitled ‘State Sponsored Cruelty’ : Children in immigration Detention was dismissed by a judge as biased and sensationalist largely because of its title; it was unclear how much of the report the judge had actually read. Looking into immigration detention of children and the coalition government’s commitment to end child detention, the title is not some critic trying to condemn the Government for its failings. It is a quote from the deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as he described the practice of detaining children.

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Trafficking laws are anti-immigration laws

Guest post by Xanthe Whittaker, co-ordinator of the X: talk project publication Human Rights Sex Work and the Challenge of Trafficking. X: talk project is a grassroots sex workers network made up of people directly working in the sex industry.

Anti- trafficking laws are anti-immigration laws, according to research by sex worker rights network, x:talk project. Their report, Human Rights, Sex Work and the Challenge of Trafficking, was recently released and is an appraisal of anti-trafficking measures from some of the people who have been most affected by them: sex workers. Continue reading

A nice judge on a good day…

The latest report by Bail for Immigration Detainees launched earlier this year A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty calls for an end to the current system that sees people detained indefinitely.


BID’s report highlights the failure of the Home Office, the immigration and asylum tribunals, and agencies of the criminal justice system to follow their existing guidelines and cooperate effectively on immigration cases. This is leading to increasing numbers of individuals being warehoused in immigration detention for months and years in potentially unlawful indefinite detention.

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