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Services and projects

The Bike Project
We are a team of volunteers working to refurbish second-hand bikes that have been donated to our project. These bikes are then given to destitute refugees and asylum seekers, facilitating them access to resources that can help lift them out of poverty. Additionally, we run a series of bike fixing workshops for anyone keen to volunteer, gain new skills and meet new people
For more information please see here.

Volunteer opportunities supporting and befriending young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers
The Destitution Project is based in The Children's Society's New Londoners programme in Canning Town. We provide one-to-one advocacy and support to young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who are faced with destitution and sometimes with being returned to war-torn countries. We predominantly work with young people aged 18-21 years old throughout London.
We're currently looking for volunteers to support, befriend and advocate on behalf of the young people we work with.  For more information and to apply please see here.

Legal, policy and parliamentary developments


“What’s going to happen tomorrow?”: Unaccompanied children refused asylum
The Childrens Commissioner, 10 April 2014

The report shows the uncertainty children who arrive alone in the UK seeking asylum face as their stay in the UK progresses, causing them stress and anxiety. The report recommends that they should be provided greater stability whilst in education or training, making them better equipped to establish themselves when they are then made to leave the UK

Criminalisation of migrants in an irregular situation and of persons engaging with them
Fundamental Rights Agency, April 2014

Report published by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) recommends reforms to the way Member States treat migrants in an irregular situation and persons who assist them

EMN maps identification of victims of trafficking in international protection and forced return procedures in Europe
European Migration Network, April 2014

While acknowledging the potential of EU law in providing a holistic framework for the protection of victims of trafficking, the synthesis report highlights that there is evidence that these victims may go unidentified, with the consequence that the assistance available to them under EU law may not be granted

Preventing Childhood Statelessness in Europe: Issues, Gaps and Good Practices
European Network on Statelessness, April 2014
The report is a comprehensive study of European practice with recommendations for strategies to eradicate child statelessness


Mediterranean crossings rise in first months of 2014 – many fleeing war and persecution
UNHCR, 11 April 2014

UNHCR estimates some 6,000 people have been rescued by the Italian Navy from over forty overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean. Large numbers of women and children, including newborns and unaccompanied children, were amongst those rescued

A damning report on Feltham
Howard League, 11 April 2014

Feltham still holds a mix of children aged from 15 up to young adults of 21.  The problems highlighted by the monitoring board include continuing violence, lack of staff, untrained staff, nothing to do all day, dreadful education provision and poor relationships with staff. It could hardly be worse

Report calls for 'fundamental change' in treatment of child asylum seekers who arrive in Britain alone
The Independent,
9 April 2014
Allowing them to complete their education after they turn 18 would bring immigration law in line with legislation for British children leaving care

Asylum-seeker subsistence payments defeat for government in high court
The Guardian, 9 April 2014
Home secretary Theresa May ordered to reconsider levels at which cash payments are made to struggling asylum seekers

'We all bring something to the table' Young migrants in the UK
Open Democracy, 9 April 2014

At an event in London, young migrants explored the interweaving narratives of Britain and their own lives

EU migrants will have to wait 3 months for child benefit
ITV, 9 April 2014
The Government has announced that European Union migrants will have to wait at least three months before they can claim child welfare payments.

France: Unaccompanied Children Detained at Borders
Human Rights Watch, 8 April 2014

France detains as many as 500 children who arrive in the country alone each year in transit zones at the borders, where they are denied the protection and due process rights afforded other unaccompanied children on French territory

Anti-slavery laws 'must focus on victims', say MPs
BBC News, 8 April 2014
A proposed new law to combat modern-day slavery needs to be strengthened, with more attention given to victims of trafficking, MPs and peers have said

Government suffers defeat on trafficked children plans
BBC News, 7 April 2014
Peers have insisted that trafficked children need stronger protection than that offered in the Immigration Bill, inflicting a heavy defeat on the government

Why is the government fighting measures to protect trafficked children?
Politics.co.uk, 7 April 2014

Theresa May says it's her 'personal priority' to end slavery but she has a funny way of showing it

Civil legal aid: access denied
The Law Society Gazette, 7 April 2014

A year on, have the legal profession’s doom-laden predictions about the impact of deep civil legal aid cuts been realised?

Trafficked children need guardians
The Guardian, 6 April 2014
Members of the House of Lords have an opportunity to make a real difference to trafficked children. By supporting this amendment they will help to ensure guardians are provided to give trafficked children a voice in decisions made about them

Trafficked victims need guardians, say campaigners
The Independent, 6 April 2014

Charities and peers are demanding more protection for children who are snatched from care homes

Home Office picks wrong family photo for campaign
Free Movement, 4 April 2014

The Home Office has managed to use a photo of a child that it wanted to remove from the UK as the face of its campaign to overturn a High Court judgment allowing divided families to be reunited

The growing confidence of the pro-immigration lobby
Politics.co.uk, 4 April 2014

The case of Yashika Bageerathi demonstrated the growing strength of those willing to stand up for immigrants and asylum seekers

Yashika's deportation is a shocking story, but it does bring hope
The Guardian, 3 April 2014
The anti-immigration lobby is cynical in how it uses extreme examples to win hearts – now we can fight back with Yashika

Student Yashika Bageerathi removed from UK as legal bid fails
BBC News, 2 April 2014
An A-Level student from north London has been removed from the country and has flown back to Mauritius after a last ditch legal challenge failed

Legal aid cuts: six lawyers on why they will damage our justice system
The Guardian, 1 April 2014

Why have lawyers taken to the streets to protest against legal aid cuts? Self-interest or because they care about the havoc they see being wrought on our legal system?

Yashika Bageerathi's mother pleads for her release
BBC News, 1 April 2014
The mother of a London student who is to be deported to her native Mauritius has pleaded with MPs to release her from Yarl's Wood immigration centre


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