Asylum

Not a Political Football, But a Spiralling Humanitarian Emergency

Simon O'Connell | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

It is an outrage that for too long we have been distracted by the semantics and short term political objectives of this crisis, and that it takes the death of a three year old to shake us to our senses. By virtue of our shared humanity, this must change today.

Seven Angela Merkel Immigration Quotes That You'd Never Hear In Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK

Despite arson attacks by far-right protesters on its refugee shelters, Germany is regarded by some as an example of how to treat people coming from di...

Up To 50 Refugees Found In Lorry Feared Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

Austrian authorities say at least 20 migrants have been found dead in a lorry in the country's eastern province of Burgenland. Reports from Krone ...

The Calais Migrant Crisis

Simon Goodman | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK
Simon Goodman

The Calais Migrant crisis is dominating the news at the moment, so there's no way that you will have failed to see something about it. What we're cons...

Cuts Will Push Children Fleeing Violence Even Deeper Into Poverty

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Peter Grigg

Today marks another major setback for families fleeing violence, war and persecution as new government cuts to asylum support come into force. In a single stroke, the Government's decision to cut crucial financial support for these families will cause severe hardship to thousands of children in the UK, leaving many children living on just £5 a day.

A Surprising Number Of Calais Migrants Might Be Reaching The UK

PA | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK

As many as seven in ten migrants in Calais may be reaching the UK, police figures suggest.Research by French authorities estimates that 70% of those w...

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.

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.

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...

Photo Story: Hong Kong's Most Vulnerable Holed Up in Squalid Slums

Tom Grundy | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

With families to look after and housing rents in Hong Kong among the highest in the world, some asylum claimants risk fines and imprisonment by working. For many, it is the only way to survive.

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.

Feminist and Fearless: in Praise of Refugee Women

Laura Padoan | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Laura Padoan

Women seeking asylum in the UK can also potentially find themselves in detention whilst their claim is being decided. For women who are already traumatised, being locked up can have a further devastating impact on their mental and physical health.

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.

28 Days to Destitution: Turbulent Transition for New Refugees Must End

Mike Adamson | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

Many of the people we work with are relying on food parcels, crisis grants from the Red Cross and the kindness of the local community. After the 28-day transition period, the state no longer provides housing. Some people sofa-surf if they have friends. If they don't, sleeping rough is the only option. And what makes it even tougher to stomach is that it is entirely avoidable.

The High Court and the Unfair Detention of Asylum Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

They are locked up for days or weeks without access to a lawyer, not knowing what is happening... They receive the decision the next day. The refusal rate is 99%... "I was lucky... Many more have not been lucky. And justice should not depend on luck."

Seeking Asylum Is a Human Right, Not a Crime

Maurice Wren | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Imagine a country where, at the stroke of a pen and without any recourse to a judge, a faceless Government official can deprive someone of their liberty and, at the stroke of a pen, consign them indefinitely to what to all intents and purposes is a prison, without them having being charged with or convicted of any crime. That country is Britain. And if you thought that this use of state power was characteristic only of dictatorships or tyrannies, then think again, as it's happening here, on our doorstep, under our noses, without any fuss and certainly without any publicity.

Welcome to Britain!

Frances Harrison | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

It was when the barrister casually mentioned the torture methods that I recognised her client's country of origin. Beaten with pipes filled with sand, hung upside down and forced to inhale chilli smoke. It's the standard menu of Sri Lankan security force torture for Tamils...

Omar Bakri Muhammad Is Seeking Asylum In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

Extremist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammad will not be allowed back into Britain, the Government has insisted amid reports he intends to claim asylum in t...

Jessica Elgot

Virgin Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Deportation Of Mum Whose Daughters Face FGM

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines have been accused of hypocrisy after refusing to block the extradition of an asylum seeker and her two children, w...

It's Time to Make the Government's Child Poverty Strategy Count

Matthew Reed | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Child poverty is simply unacceptable and is damaging children's lives. Much more is needed to meet the government's commitment to end child poverty by 2020. By taking the actions we are calling for, the government would make a significant start towards achieving this goal and improving the lives of millions of children.

From Hero to Zero: Uganda Fails Its HIV Test, and What We Should Do About It

Gerry Kearns | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gerry Kearns

HIV Prevalence in Uganda, 1990-2012. Source of data. UNAIDS Openness and Success At the turn of this century, Uganda was widely praised for its ...

New Refugees' First Steps Should Not Be Towards the Nearest Homeless Hostel

Lisa Doyle | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

"The 28 days is hard on refugees...all of a sudden in a country you don't know and then it stops and you don't know what you are going to do. It was such a surprise when I ended up without a bed to sleep in."