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A vigil is to be held in Northern Ireland to demand that Britain opens its borders to refugees. The Londonderry protest is being organised by the People Before Profit organisation. The image of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a beach has reinforced calls for Prime Minister David…
The number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Britain has risen by almost 50%, official data shows. There were a total of 1,986 asylum applications from migrants aged under 18 in the year ending in March. This was an increase of 46% compared with the previous year's tally of 1,356,…
Social services are struggling to cope with a surge in the number of children claiming asylum in the wake of the Calais crisis, a council chief has warned. Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, met officials from the Home Office to highlight the impact of hundreds of minors arriving…
Campaigners have called for urgent action to stop unaccompanied child asylum seekers being thrown behind bars with adults. Traumatised youngsters whose ages are disputed are being imprisoned on the basis of guesswork by officials, according to the Refugee Council. The Government pledged to end child detention in 2010 but children…
The Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford has received a Sanctuary in Health award for its work with asylum seekers and refugees. The Faculty was presented with the national award last week, at the Bradford City of Sanctuary Refugee week launch and is the first university department…
The welfare of immigrants held in detention centres in Britain is to come under the spotlight after a far-ranging review was launched. Home Secretary Theresa May said Stephen Shaw, a former prisons and probation ombudsman, will lead the review into whether improvements can be made to protect the health and…
The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in Northern Ireland have announced plans to implement a crisis fund for destitute asylum seekers and migrants. The Fund of up to £55,000 this financial year will be administered by the Red Cross and is intended to help minority…
Women held at a controversial immigration prison are being watched by male staff in intimate situations including when naked or using the toilet, despite earlier reassurances from Home Office officials that this would not be allowed, a refugee charity has claimed. Most of the women who claim to be routinely…
A report examined the difficulties experienced by new refugees to the United Kingdom when accessing mainstream benefits and the labour market. It said that, once refugee status was granted, moving from the system of asylum support to mainstream benefits and employment usually took much longer than the 28-day 'grace period'…
A study examined experiences of pregnant women in Glasgow whose asylum claim had been refused. Although the study found that their insecure immigration status did not appear to preclude or constrain their access to maternity care, the report highlighted a range of asylum-related policies that had a detrimental impact on…
Vulnerable asylum seekers were left in "unacceptably poor" accommodation following a bungled Home Office project, an influential committee of MPs has said. Three firms were awarded contracts in March 2012 to provide housing for the UK's 23,000 destitute asylum seekers in an attempt to streamline services and save money. But…
The children's watchdog for England said that their research into the operation of the United Kingdom asylum system had found hundreds of unaccompanied children and young people being left 'in limbo', where they had been given final permission to remain but were not yet old enough to gain legal employment…
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