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Chasing Status: If not British, then what am I?
Legal Action Group, October 2014

Report tells the hidden stories of long-standing UK migrants, who now discover they have irregular immigration status, because of lost passports or poor government record-keeping

Independent Family Returns Panel: 2011 to 2014 reports
UK Visas and Immigration, 9 October 2014

Reports on the family returns process by the Independent Family Returns Panel.

The Home Office response to the Independent Family Returns Panel report 2012 to 2014
Home Office, 9 October 2014
In its 2012-14 report, the Independent Family Returns Panel has made new recommendations to the Home Office in relation to managing family returns

Safe and Sound: what States can do to ensure respect for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children in Europe
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), October 2014

This report focuses on how States can operationalize the best interests principle set forth in Article 3.1 in the CRC, which states that “The best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration in all actions affecting children.”

Media

This politics of denial over immigration is feeding a growing inhumanity
The Guardian, 29 October 2014
The cowardice and dishonesty of politicians means we now talk about people as if they were a virus

Children too often treated as 'small adults' by police
BBC News, 28 October 2014

Children and young people have a "profound lack of trust" in the police, bordering on fear in some cases, a report by MPs and peers has suggested

Will the Lords stand up for judicial review?
Politics.co.uk, 27 October 2014
Judicial review is a threat to government power, so the government has decided to get rid of it

UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation
The Guardian, 27 October 2014
Refugees and human rights organisations react with anger as minister says saving people encourages others to risk voyage

Robert Fisk: The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon
The Independent, 26 October 2014

While the world obsesses over the atrocities committed by Isis, the plight of those forced to flee the country has been largely forgotten. Robert Fisk takes a heartbreaking tour of the Sedyanel 7 camp

Very quietly, the coalition tries to dismantle judicial review
Politics.co.uk, 22 October 2014

In almost every case of injustice by the Home Office I've come across – especially in relation to immigration and asylum – it is judicial review which allowed the most vulnerable people in the country to challenge the most powerful

Government rejects calls by MPs for a ban on B&Bs for care leavers
Community Care, 20 October 2014

The Department for Education tells the Education Committee that a total ban on bed and breakfasts risks leaving young people with nowhere to go in emergencies

Detaining, rather than releasing, migrants has become a controversial policy for the White House
National Public Radio, 19 October 2014

While the majority of unaccompanied minors have been released to family and sponsors across the country, women and their children have not. They are being held in what are called family detention centers while they await their court dates

Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers
The Guardian, 17 October 2014
More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Tighter immigration laws catching out long-term legal migrants – report
The Guardian, 15 October 2014
Legal Action Group calls for creation of specialist unit to deal with applications by those whose passports lack required stamps

UK Plans to Allow Use of Force in Removal of Immigrant Children
Vice News, 9 October 2014

Immigration and private security staff will be allowed to use force on children to remove families who have exhausted all rights to remain in the UK, under new government proposals

Asylum seekers denied an equal chance at university
The Guardian, 7 October 2014

A student has launched her own campaign to support some of those penalised by tough immigration rules

Parliamentary Assembly adopts landmark resolution calling for an end to child immigration detention
International Detention Coalition, 3 October 2014

On Friday 3 October, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) debated and adopted by a vote of 46 – 2 a landmark resolution calling on member states to prohibit the immigration detention of children

 

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