Asylum

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

Tom Grundy | Posted 28.03.2015 | 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 20.03.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 26.02.2015 | 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."

Why Do We 'Save' Slaves Only to Imprison Them?

Maya Esslemont | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Maya Esslemont

As it stands, Britain's authorities have done very little to win the trust of human beings who are bought and sold. It's time the government used new legislative opportunities to stop focussing on tougher prison sentences, and start prioritising the lives of victims.

We Must Take Full Advantage of Refugees' Skills

Maurice Wren | Posted 02.06.2014 | 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.

Who Cares for Survivors of Torture?

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 25.05.2014 | 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." ...

Syrian Refugees Arriving In Britain 'Will Be First Of Many' Charities Hope

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

Human rights groups have expressed hope that the handful of Syrian refugees set to arrive in the UK tomorrow will be the "be the first of many.” ...

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...

Mark Harper Falls on his Plastic Sword

Matt Carr | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Politicians on all sides have been falling over themselves to praise former Immigration Minister Mark Harper for his 'honourable' decision to resign, following the discovery that his cleaner was an 'illegal immigrant.' Harper's colleagues, all of them honourable men and women themselves, have been been at pains to point out how correct and even noble he was

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, ...

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...

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.