Asylum Seekers

Theresa May Must Listen to the Courts and Allow Asylum Seekers to Live in Dignity

Sarah Teather | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

In our report, we found that systematic failures from successive governments had left many destitute, with levels of support inadequate to meet even basic living needs. As one mother told the panel, "I would buy one meal which I will share with my son. My son, is my priority, therefore I will provide his nutritional needs before my own and occasionally starving myself." The government said that they would take our findings into consideration, but I was extremely disappointed when, in June last year, the Home Office announced that they were freezing the support rates.

Students' Asylum Seeker Pub Crawl At Australian University Slammed As 'Shocking'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at a university in Australia have been slammed for organising an asylum seekers pub crawl where attendees were asked to bring ID to avoid bei...

We Must Take Full Advantage of Refugees' Skills

Maurice Wren | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

Refugees come to the UK in fear of their lives, having fled the horrors of violent conflict, persecution, rape or other forms of torture or harm. They are met by a complex, insensitive and fiercely adversarial asylum system that all too often lets them down and, by association, lets us and the liberties we cherish, down too.

Student Deported Back To Mauritius, Home Office Confirms

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Student Yashika Bageerathi has been deported back home to Mauritius while her family remains in the UK, the Home Office has confirmed. The 19-year-...

Talented Student To Be 'Driven To Heathrow And Deported', Says Her School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Mauritian student Yashika Bageerathi is being driven to Heathrow and will be deported on Wednesday night, according to a spokesperson for her school. ...

Who Cares for Survivors of Torture?

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

Goldfishbowl Girl won't talk about her past. Not too much anyway. But she writes, and she paints. The paintings communicate for her. "That's helped me to come out of the whole darkness I was in." ...

Police Open Fire On Australian-Run Asylum Seeker Camp

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

A man has been killed during a bid for freedom at an Australian detention camp on Manus Island, with dozens injured after Papua New Guinea police open...

Adding Insult to Injury: The Media Coverage of the Bisexual Asylum Seeker Case

Milena Popova | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Milena Popova

It is vital for bisexual people's stories to be heard; for biphobia and bi erasure to be called out for what they are. Bisexuality doesn't fit neatly in a gay/straight narrative. That doesn't make biphobia any less hurtful or harmful - sometimes, as in this case, in a "life and death" sort of way.

Australia To Deport Asylum Seekers Who Spit Or Swear

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

Asylum seekers should be deported for "irritating people, disturbing someone or spitting or swearing in public", according to the leaked draft of an A...

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Three-Quarters Of Detained Women Who Claim Asylum In UK Have Experienced Rape Or Torture

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Three-quarters of women who have claimed asylum in the UK and are held in detention centres have experienced rape or torture in their home countries, ...

The Unkindness of Strangers

Matt Carr | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Last week provided further evidence of how far the absurdities perpetuated by politicians, the rightwing press and the public, can slowly but inexorably shift our collective moral centre of gravity towards the routine acceptance of the unacceptable.

Gift Vouchers, Cash And A Nice Holiday... 'Perks' For Officials Who Fight Asylum Cases

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Home Office staff who help prevent failed asylum seekers from staying in the country are being given rewards of gift vouchers, extra holidays and cash...

Keep Calm, We're British!

Julian Bond | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Julian Bond

I couldn't resist the trite title. Fretting about 'Britishness' seems to be at heart of what it means to be British. It has a familiar feel to it in our media, and not just the tabloids...

Teen Missing For 10 Days 'Fled As She Couldn't Attend University', Says Family

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who vanished after taking out the rubbish ran away because she could not attend university due to her asylum seeker status, her family said...

No Help For Syrian Refugees In Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK

The UK has been heavily criticised by a human rights charity for failing to resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees. Amnesty International said the Gov...

Berlin's First Cannabis Cafe: Could Berlin Become the Next Amsterdam?

Emily Wasik | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Wasik

If Hermann's proposal gets approved in the near future, the "Berlin Wall of Pot" dividing the city's residents will come down, tourists will flock to the culture capital not just for the cheap living and turbulent nightlife but for cannabis cafes, and everyday Berliners will be able to pick up their ganja from a store counter, along with their milk and brötchen.

How Not To Do It

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An asylum-seeker on hunger strike was flown back to Nigeria in a private jet - only to be turned away. Home Secretary Theresa May is facing questio...

Immigration: We Need That Other Story of Britain

John Jackson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Jackson

We are in great need of the other story of Britain. The one where millions of us get on with our lives and get on with each other. That everyday local experience provides the building blocks of our national experience. It should no longer remain invisible. The story of new neighbors who have become true friends has never been told, now is the time to start telling it.

Immigration 2: When the State Says Who Is Worthless

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Immigration is a difficult topic matter to discuss. Even though most people accept that our economic and political systems would fail if there wasn't a policy to control immigration, many people have many different ideas on where the line should be drawn.

Australia's Refugee Shame

Nikki McWatters | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nikki McWatters

There will always be poor and oppressed people, struggling, seeking safe havens. To stop people from seeking legitimate asylum from persecution is to engage in it and perpetrate it. If you had to stand by and watch Jewish children loaded onto wagons for the concentration camps, what would you do? What could you do? I have no muscle and a small voice. But I'm raising it in anger and frustration.

Carlos Gutierrez Had His Legs Sawed Off By A Mexican Gang

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

A man whose legs were sawn off by a Mexican gang after he refused to be extorted is cycling across Texas to raise awareness of asylum and immigration ...

'Absolutely Farcical'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

Taxpayers will be hit with a £10,000 bill to pay for a failed asylum seeker to train to be a pilot. Yonas Admasu Kebede, 21, from Ethiopia, will f...

An Illegal Immigrant's First Impressions

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ritwik Deo

I met up with Satinder, a fauji who had entered Britain this summer. I was familiar with the basics of illegal immigration routes into the country, the kind of low-paid off-the-books work that they go in for and their impact on society and that amassed political discourse.

Immigration Minister Tells Iraqi Asylum Seeker To 'Go Home' On Live TV

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Politics

Mark Harper, the government’s immigration minister, appeared on live TV on Sunday to tell an Iraqi asylum seeker to "return home". Esam Amin has tri...