Limiting the Time Limit for Immigration Detention: The Danger of the ‘Foreign National Offender’ Exemption

Limiting the Time Limit for Immigration Detention: The Danger of the ‘Foreign National Offender’ Exemption

If a time limit for immigration detention is implemented, excluding people with previous convictions, then that time limit is fundamentally unfair and sets a dangerous precedent.

Prisoners of history: how a village in Nepal became a hostile environment

Prisoners of history: how a village in Nepal became a hostile environment

The dust is still settling in Nepal but the country is, arguably, on the road to stable peace. Yet, the case of Thawang shows how wars can continue to claim victims. A persisting fear of this tiny minority group, rooted in misperceptions of their extremist views, sees them continue to be labelled by narratives informed by war.

Safe but not free: how the UK has capped the dignity of people seeking asylum

Safe but not free: how the UK has capped the dignity of people seeking asylum

Without any alternatives, living on just over £5 a day puts people in poverty, where they are unable to support themselves and are forced to use food banks. The Lift the Ban campaign estimates an economic gain of £42.4million as a result of additional tax revenues and savings, if those seeking asylum are allowed to work.

Home Office restricting asylum seekers from studying in the UK

Home Office restricting asylum seekers from studying in the UK

The study restriction saga is a prime example of the effects of the UK government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy. It shows how statutory powers, granted for a specific and restricted purpose, can take on a life of their own in the hands of a government which has vowed to make life difficult for those without legal status in the UK, blind to the consequences for asylum seekers and vulnerable individuals.

Reflections on Volunteering in the Refugee Squats in Athens

Reflections on Volunteering in the Refugee Squats in Athens

Cooperation and collaboration between small ground-level non-profit services is fundamental to improving outreach and increasing awareness, propelling innovation and growth, reducing duplication, building resilience, cutting costs and increasing funding opportunities; all allowing a sustainable long-term future.

The Anatomy of the Hostile Environment: A Weekend with Birkbeck School of Law

The Anatomy of the Hostile Environment: A Weekend with Birkbeck School of Law

The talks were bold indictments of a state that has conscripted all areas of society into enforcing its racialised immigration control system, a state that has turned bankers, landlords, teachers, nurses, doctors and even NGO workers into border guards. A state that speaks of humans as ‘illegals’.

Mishka: The Shaw Review 2 is finally here, let’s use this opportunity for immigration detention reform.

Mishka: The Shaw Review 2 is finally here, let’s use this opportunity for immigration detention reform.

Effective detention campaigning is not merely about sentimental hashtags. We must continue to follow solution-based advocacy, with meaningful policy proposals aimed at the changes we expect from the government.

72 hours too many: how pregnant women are let down in immigration detention

72 hours too many: how pregnant women are let down in immigration detention

Two years ago on 12 July, a time limit of 72 hours was placed on how long a pregnant woman could be detained under immigration powers in the UK. This is 72 hours too many.

When justice cannot wait: Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenges the Legal Aid Agency’s rules on backdating of funding

When justice cannot wait: Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenges the Legal Aid Agency’s rules on backdating of funding

Solicitors and barristers have to make a stark choice. Either they take on the work knowing that they will not be paid for it, or they refuse to act on the basis that funding is not in place and in the knowledge that their client’s access to justice will be obstructed as a result.

The Harm of Detention

The Harm of Detention

The deprivation of liberty, for the purpose of administration, harms people. The current process risks ignoring the different ways an individual can become vulnerable due to the harm of detention by relying solely on screening for pre-existing vulnerabilities.

Mishka: Speak to the brain, not just the heart

Mishka: Speak to the brain, not just the heart

As an advocate and an activist with the first-hand experience, I am not here to perform my experiences for anyone’s consumption; I am here to talk about the bigger picture. I am here to talk about real change.

Isa Muazu: No Walls, No Boundaries, No Barriers to Justice

Isa Muazu: No Walls, No Boundaries, No Barriers to Justice

Theresa May made my life a living Hell. I am not a bad person or destructive, I was in the UK to do good and be nice to everyone, and to be safe from a serious threat. I’m writing for this blog because people need to listen and hear our voices of the less privileged.