Asylum

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.

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." ...

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.

The Asylum Seeker Who Learned to Fly

Matt Carr | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Matt Carr

It was a story that we have heard many times before, a grim and bitter tale of British taxpayers fleeced of their hard-earned cash by cunning dark-skinned folk, a story calculated and carefully framed to produce head-shaking, hysterical laughter of the 'lunatics-have-taken-over-the-asylum' variety...

'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...

Thorpe Park Under Pressure To Rename 'Asylum' Ride

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Pressure is mounting on a theme park to change the name of its controversial 'Asylum' maze, which mental health campaigners say enforces stigma of men...

The UK Government Must Address Asylum System's Failings

Maurice Wren | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Last week the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) produced a highly critical report about the UK's asylum system. The report examines the end-to-end asylum process, from the screening of new applicants to the move-on arrangements for those granted refugee status.

Why Was Al-Qaeda Terrorist Living In Manchester?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Questions are being asked of the Home Office after it emerged that one of the world's most wanted terrorists was granted political asylum in Britain. ...

'I Honour This Country, It Has Given Me So Much'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK

An Afghan teenager whose father and brother were murdered by the Taliban has won his right to stay in the UK. Aspiring teacher Najibullah Hashimi w...

There Is More to UK Immigration Than Just Romanians and Bulgarians

Oana Romocea | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK
Oana Romocea

In considering the ONS statistics, it is critical to stress that these foreign-born employees are legally working and paying tax, hence contributing to the British economy. Yet, headlines in the media too often highlight the inflammatory, not the factual.

Swiss Authorities 'Ban Asylum Seekers From Swimming Pools, Libraries, Churches & Playgrounds'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Local authorities in the Swiss town of Bremgarten have introduced restrictions barring asylum seekers from public areas including libraries, swimming ...

Interpol Red Notices and the Rights of Refugees

Alex Tinsley | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Tinsley

As the recent cases of Sayed Abdel Latif and Mukhtar Ablyazov have showed, the increasing recourse to Interpol's systems is having a dramatic impact upon the institution of asylum, leaving some important unanswered questions about how Red Notices affect refugees.

100 Suspected War Criminals Apply For Asylum In UK

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

Almost 100 suspected war criminals have applied for asylum in Britain, the BBC has discovered. Most of the suspects, from countries including Afgha...

Expecting Change: Why Not All Women Are as Lucky as Kate Middleton

Natasha Tsangarides | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK
Natasha Tsangarides

As Kate Middleton gives birth to the third heir to the throne, around 100 pregnant women continue to be detained in the UK for immigration purposes each year. A research report by Medical Justice has shown that the current policy of detaining pregnant women is ineffective, unworkable and damaging.

Is This Edward Snowden's Handwritten Letter To Putin?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK

A handwritten note purportedly from Edward Snowdon asking President Vladimir Putin for asylum in Russia has been revealed by his lawyer, who said he e...

'Critical Incident' As Asylum Seekers Found Aboard Cross-Channel Ferry

PA | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

A "critical incident" was declared at the Port of Dover after 14 asylum seekers were found in a tanker on board a cross-Channel ferry. They were di...

UK Immigration Court Rules on Sri Lanka Human Rights

Frances Harrison | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK
Frances Harrison

Under new guidance issued by a British tribunal, a full investigation is now required if an asylum seeker is suspected by the government of Sri Lanka to have been a member of the Tamil Tiger rebel group.

Trapped in the Zone: Edward Snowden Shouldn't Take Everything Putin Says at Face Value

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Like everything about this amazing case, Edward Snowden's attempt to claim asylum has become an enormous story in itself. Reportedly still holed up in the "transit zone" of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, Snowden's WikiLeaks-assisted efforts to seek a place of political refuge are proving to be as fraught as you might expect in this increasingly strange affair.