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200 migrants feared drowned after boat sinks off Libya coast
The Guardian, 15 September 2014
Rescuers search for survivors after boat carrying African migrants to Europe capsizes near Tajoura, east of Tripoli

A crisis of harm in immigration detention
Open Democracy, 15 September 2014

A young Guinean woman has become the sixth victim in three years of ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’ in UK immigration detention, with the High Court ruling that detention explicitly caused the disintegration of her mental health

Residence test for children not unlawful, government insists
Law Gazette, 11 September 2014

The government has rejected the findings of a high-profile cross-party committee which suggested that the legal aid residence test is unlawful and will lead to breaches of international law

Former Hackney schoolgirl starts campaign to help migrant students
Hackney Citizen, 10 September 2014

Budding barrister Chrisann Jarrett sets up Let us Learn to help young people access higher education

The trauma-filled tragedy of Syria's child refugees
The Week, 
9 September 2014
The war-ravaged nation's youngest generation will be unequipped to rebuild Syria when the conflict finally concludes

Passport Office targeting 100 postcodes for fraud investigations
The Guardian, 9 September 2014
Staff given list of mainly ethnically diverse areas where child applications must face extra scrutiny

These attacks on children are crimes against humanity
The Guardian, 8 September 2014
Be it in Iraq, Syria or Gaza, too many children are being brutalised by conflict

Leicester De Montfort University is helping asylum seekers
Leicester Mercury, 6 September 2014 

DMU joined the Article 26 scheme, run by the Helena Kennedy Foundation and providing a tuition fee bursary to cover three years of an undergraduate course, last year and offered its first place during the 2012/13 academic session

Government to pursue controversial 'residence test' for children's legal aid
CYPNow, 5 September 2014
The government has resisted calls from MPs to backtrack on a controversial policy that will prevent asylum-seeking children from having access to legal aid

The crisis at Calais: no, the UK is not "El Dorado"
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 5 September 2014

For the Mail and Express, and indeed the Mayor of Calais, there is no doubt, it is the lure of our "generous benefit system" that makes us an "El Dorado". For more rational analysts, it is "Britain's extensive informal economy

Calais gets police reinforcement to stop migrants storming ferries
The Guardian, 4 September 2014

Bouchart and Cazeneuve have agreed to open a day centre in Calais for migrants and a night shelter for women and children

Landlord migrant check scheme to be rolled out in West Midlands
The Guardian, 3 September 2014
Proprietors required to check immigration status of tenants in move to create 'hostile environment' for illegal migrants

Barnardo's and 23 councils set for child trafficking advocate drive
CYPNow, 2 September 2014
The Home Office has named 23 English local authorities that will trial the use of independent advocates to support child victims of trafficking

Thailand: Prison is no place for young immigrants
Human Rights Watch, 2 September 2014

Each year, Thailand arbitrarily detains thousands of children in dismal immigration facilities and police lock-ups across the country. They are being detained indefinitely, for months and even years

Exceptional funding – the emperor’s new clothes
Law Society Gazette, 2 September 2014

With funding granted in only 4% of the 1,789 applications, and in only 12 family cases, the government cannot simply insist that the scheme is working.

The U.S. Child Migrant Influx
Council on Foreign Relations, 1 September 2014

An estimated 63,000 unaccompanied minors, most coming from Central America, crossed the United States' southern border between October 1 2013 and July 31 2014 reviving a rancorous national debate on immigration policy

Free School Meals: let’s avoid the sour grapes
Labour List, 1 September 2014
This week 1.5million children in infant schools in England will be receiving a hot meal at lunchtime for the first time

 

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