Foreign National Prisoners: an easy media target

Last week saw the publication of John Vine’s report on how the UK Border Agency ‘manage’ foreign national prisoners.  The UKBA’s Independent Chief Inspector commented on the improvement in UKBA’s monitoring of foreign national prisoners (following the 2006 ‘foreign prisoners fiasco‘), but has some clear criticisms of UKBA’s decision making, particularly in the “disparity” between […]

Asylum seekers and Europe: the Conservative government's pet hates

The Immigration Minister, Damien Green, yesterday announced that the UK will not be opting into the the two EU asylum directives. This will hardly come as a surprise from a government not known for its cosiness with Europe, and seemingly determined to issue new hate-speech against immigrants on a daily basis, but the justifications given […]

Refugees prevented from lodging asylum claims in UK

Lunar House in Croydon The Guardian reports today on a strongly worded letter from the Law Society to the UK Border Agency and the UN refugee agency, protesting the broken system that is stopping refugees from submitting claims for asylum. The letter, sent to the head of the Asylum Screening Unit (ASU) and the United […]

Sri Lanka: Fears for those removed by charter flight

The UK Border Agency went ahead with a mass deportation to Sri Lanka this week. Legal challenges delayed the flight, and some people were removed from the plane, but eventually it took off. It is believed that at least 30 of the 50 people given removal directions were onboard. This week, UK charity Freedom From […]

Sri Lanka: Stop the mass deportation

The UK government is planning a mass deportation of around 50 Sri Lankan refugees tomorrow, 28 September, despite strong evidence that this action will put many vulnerable people into danger. The private charter – Flight PVT030 at 15:00 hrs on Wednesday 28th September – follows a similar mass removal in June this year, which caused […]

Amnesty campaign against deportation system

The UK Government must conduct a complete and radical overhaul of the current system of enforced removals from the UK, according to a new briefing and campaign launched today (7 July) by Amnesty International UK. Private security companies, contracted by the UK Government, have reportedly used dangerous and improper control and restraint techniques. In the […]

Campaigners blockade Heathrow detention centres to stop Iraq deportation flight

No Borders press release, 21 June Update: blockade ended peacefully at 9pm with no arrests Anti-deportation campaigners are blockading Colnbrook and Harmondsworth detention centres in a last-minute attempt to stop the forcible deportation of Iraqi refugees to Baghdad on a specially chartered flight scheduled to leave London this evening. 30 angry protesters from No Borders, […]

Sri Lanka deportations: 'UK has Tamil blood on it's hands'

The deportation charter flight to Sri Lanka took off yesterday evening, 16 June, while deliberations were still underway at the High Court. It is understood that one deportee won their injunction, but not until after the flight was in the air. Another flight is scheduled, and British charity Freedom from Torture (formerly the Medical Foundation) […]

Sri Lankans put at risk by UKBA breach of confidentiality

The immigration Barrister who blogs as Free Movement has revealed a serious breach of confidentiality of Sri Lankan refugees scheduled for deportation. Ahead of a planned mass expulsion of Sri Lankans from Britain, the UK Border Agency is allowing Sri Lankan officials to interrogate detainees in the UK about their asylum claims, and is passing […]