Asylum Seekers

Europe's Migrants: Urgency and Empathy Needed

Alistair Burnett | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

In many reports you could be forgiven for forgetting many of these migrants are fellow human beings who have risked their lives to escape Syria, Iraq, Eritrea or Sudan and make their way to Europe to seek sanctuary.

The Government's Net Migration Target Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Marley Morris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics
Marley Morris

It is right that the government has prioritised immigration in this parliament, given the high levels of public concern. But there are other, more nuanced options for dealing with these concerns.

'We Are Not Dangerous, We Are in Danger': Inside 'The Jungle' Migrant Camp

Mike Snelle | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Mike Snelle

There is a deadly humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, and our current approach is compounding the problem. If the people in The Jungle were white Europeans, I have no doubt that we do everything possible to help them. Instead, we allow desperate people to exist in appalling conditions, and build fences to ensure they stay there. If I were a more courageous man, I would have brought someone back with me.

Aubrey Allegretti

Forget 'Swarms' And 'Marauders': This Is Why People Are Coming To Europe

HuffingtonPost.com | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

They have been branded "marauders" and a "swarm" by the British government, but the migrants currently landing on European shores are fleeing nations ...

Philip Hammond Blasted For 'Mean-Spirited' Response To Migrants

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK

Britain's foreign secretary has sparked a fierce backlash for comments he made on Sunday that "millions" of African migrants would threaten citizens' ...

Storming the Castle: Calais, or the Failure of the EU's Migration Policies

Camino Mortera-Martinez | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Camino Mortera-Martinez

The distressing images from Calais on the front pages of the newspapers each morning and beamed into out our living rooms each night are a sad reminder of the European Union's failure to address and tackle migration.

End of the Line for the Detention of Asylum Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

Yesterday's Court of Appeal judgment ought to be the end of the line for the systematic incarceration of asylum-seekers in the UK. For the fifth time, the British courts have concluded that the Detained Fast Track asylum process is operating unlawfully.

Refugee Rights in the New Parliament: Expect the Worst or Prepare for the Best?

Stephen Hale | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

It's now more than two months since the election. For those of us working with refugees, it's been a worrying time. Some of the initial policy decisions made by new Ministers will lead to considerable hardship amongst both newly arrived asylum seekers as well as those that have been in the UK longer. Our task is not made any easier by some of our newspapers. We've already read enough tabloid myths about asylum seekers to last into the next Parliament. Nonetheless, five years is a long time - in politics and, as many refugees will tell you, in life.

What Is Asylum And How Does It Work?

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

Asylum seekers are people who move to a new country and apply to stay, seeking refuge from persecution. There are an estimated 126,000 refugees cur...

Migration in the UK and EU: Facts and Figures

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

David Cameron will join the leaders of other EU countries on Thursday and Friday for a special summit to discuss the EU's migration policy, following a dramatic increase in the number of irregular migrants trying to enter the EU this year. In recent months there have also been more cases of migrants drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The Tories Promised to Protect LGBT Asylum Seekers Five Years Ago, So Far They Have Failed - Now It Is Time to Deliver

Paul Dillane | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Paul Dillane

This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.

The Plight of Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Constitutes a Humanitarian Emergency

Mike Adamson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

We should bear that fact in mind before denying our responsibilities in this crisis. Migration and asylum claims are part of our modern world and we need to be pro-active in international collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination in order to preserve the right to seek international protection.

London Is a Desert

Peter Lind | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Khaled sits down in what appears to be an awkward position, his back against the wall. Half sitting, half lying. It is how he sat in his cell in Damaskus. During a total of 12 months, locked up in a cell too small to lie down in, and not high enough to stand up, Khaled was tortured by the Syrian Security forces...

Do We Get the Hate-Filled News We Deserve?

Mark Hillary | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Mark Hillary

The UK has a problem with immigration. Even those who support migration have to concede that there are practical difficulties, such as a squeeze on school class sizes and GP waiting lists in areas where many new people have settled. This has boosted parties such as UKIP where a withdrawal from the EU - and therefore an end to free migration throughout Europe - is one of their major policies.

Want More Immigration? Vote UKIP

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

A UKIP plan to massively cut overseas aid coupled with a commitment to a 40% increase in military spending will mean our only existing form of diplomacy will be that of the gunboat variety.

The Next Five Years: Let's Give Refugees the Support and Protection They Deserve

Stephen Hale | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

In just over six weeks, we'll wake up to a new Parliament. Immigration will doubtless be a prominent and divisive issue in the run-up to the election. What does this mean for the refugees that will come to Britain fleeing war and persecution over the next five years? The welcome we give to refugees to Britain during the next Parliament depends not on the outcome of the election, but on what happens once it is over. Whoever wins we need to impress on them, and on the public, that a fair and just asylum system is the right thing for Britain and the right thing for the asylum seekers that need our support and protection.

Eight-hundred, Seventy, Fifty, Five

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Detaining refugees in this way can be a scarring experience. Conditions are oppressive. Experience shows that LGBT refugees are more at risk than others.

Immigration Detention: A Disproportionate Deprivation of Liberty

Maurice Wren | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Maurice Wren

If the government wants to prove it's serious about justice and protecting vulnerable people, then it will recognise that the detention estate is a product of the dark ages. Instead of tinkering with processes, Ministers should focus their efforts on consigning the whole system to the history books where it belongs.

Our Asylum System Is a Litmus Test of Our Humanity

Stephen Hale | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

Britain can and must provide asylum seekers and refugees with the protection and support they deserve. Its political parties must outline their proposals for an efficient and fair immigration and asylum policy, which reflects our national self-interest and the rights of those feeling war and persecution.

Europe's Broken Asylum System

Jo Simmons | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

The EU needs to prioritize the human rights and wellbeing of asylum seekers, but the participation of all 28 members is necessary. Operation Triton and the Dublin Regulation must be adjusted in order to accommodate the current volume of asylum seekers.

Fifteen Years

Juliet Simmons | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Juliet Simmons

When someone is brave enough to make the decision to live rather than die shouldn't we help them? Don't we have some kind of obligation to provide safe haven, to help them rather than, as our government suggested, just last week, to let them just drown in the sea?

Students Plan To Buy £6m Castle - So Asylum Seekers Can Live There

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students are attempting to raise enough money to buy a £6m Scottish castle - so they can give it to asylum seekers to live in. The grou...

The Promised Land

Mary Turner | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Mary Turner

These bones from arid countries that have walked, run, climbed, crawled, sailed, clung on and hidden for two years on the journey from Africa and the Middle East to reach their promised land, the United Kingdom... when winter comes, having made it this far, if it is an unkind one, some will almost certainly die.

Detention Breaks the Soul

Nabil Al-Inzy | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Nabil Al-Inzy

I have seen how detention is bad for the physical and emotional wellbeing of those detained, especially those who are kept there for months, not knowing when it will end. It is important to remember that these are not criminals but people who have been refused asylum or broken immigration rules - complex systems which few people understand. I believe that if an asylum seeker has the reasonable reason to stay within the government rules they should grant them asylum or send them home with dignity -not keep them in detention for a long period. Detention breaks the soul.

Jack Sommers

The Graphic Questions The Home Office Is Still Asking LGBT Asylum Seekers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

LGBT asylum seekers trying to find sanctuary in Britain to avoid persecution - for their sexuality are still being subjected to questions that "query ...