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Destitution in the UK: An Interim Report
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 24 March 2015

Our review of the existing literature indicates that, in the UK, the main contexts within which discussion of destitution has tended to arise has been with respect to asylum seekers and refugees, and to a lesser extent other migrant groups, including undocumented migrants and economic migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA)

Protecting undocumented children: Promising policies and practices from governments
PICUM, 19 March 2015

The report gathers several examples of practices by various levels of governments in the areas of education, health care, protection from violence, and non-detention, alongside some available data and relevant policy documents at EU level. It also includes a detailed overview of legal entitlements for undocumented children to access health care services in the 28 EU member states

Media

Labour vows to ban indefinite detention of asylum and immigration applicants
The Guardian, 25 March 2015

Yvette Cooper says current system is inefficient and ‘deeply scarring’ for detainees, and move would bring UK in line with most western countries

Austerity has hit disadvantaged children hardest, MPs and peers say
The Guardian, 24 March 2015
Report by joint committee on human rights says worst suffering has been inflicted on children from migrant and low-income families

Student helped by Evening Standard fund honoured for own charity work
Evening Standard, 13 March 2015

An aspiring barrister who benefited from the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has won an award for helping students who cannot go to university because of their immigration status

Child trafficking victims let down by legal aid cuts
CYPNow, 13 March 2015

Vulnerable children and families have been among the hardest hit by cuts to legal aid, according to a critical report by MPs

Third of domestic violence victims cannot provide evidence for legal aid
The Guardian, 12 March 2015

Justice select committee says victims are exposed to intimidation because they have no legal representation

Challenge to Legal Aid Regulations succeeds
Public Law Project, 
3 March 2015
In a judgement handed down this morning, a Divisional Court has ruled that controversial judicial review regulations that came into force in April 2014 are unlawful

Locking up immigrants diminishes us all
The Guardian, 3 March 2015
The latest horrors exposed by Channel 4 at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre must spark wholesale change. Tinkering and business as usual is not acceptable

It's Clear That Our Current System of Immigration Detention Isn't Working
Huffington Post, 3 March 2015
At the end of 2014, there were 3,462 people in detention. This is an incredible waste of human life and potential. It's also a waste of money. Report recommends that the next government introduces a time limit of 28 days on the length of time an individual can be held in an immigration detention centre

Immigration Detention: A Disproportionate Deprivation of Liberty
Huffington Post, 3 March 2015
The joint All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK has today published a damning report into Britain's immigration detention estate. It delivers a clear message to Ministers; the use of immigration detention in Britain is 'disproportionate and inappropriate' and fundamental reform is required

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