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Guest post: the criminalization of asylum seekers

The NCADC blog is pleased to welcome three guest posts from Molly Haglund, who has just completed a Masters Degree in Human Rights Practice at the Universities of Roehampton, Gothenburg and Tromsø.  They are edited excerpts from her thesis entitled Punished for Persecution: An Analysis of the Criminalization of the Asylum Seeker in the United […]

Afghanistan – UKBA plans mass deportation to Kabul warzone

On Sunday, the Taliban launched their biggest assault on the Afghan capital, Kabul, in over a decade.  Fighting continued over the weekend, and it is reported that gunshots can still be heard today (Monday 16 April) in the city. Insurgents managed to infiltrate the supposedly secure diplomatic areas of the city (where foreign embassies and NATO are based), and […]

Detention Action: Detained Fast Track denies access to justice

Published 23 February 2012 Kate from Detention Action writes on the release of the Chief Inspectorate’s report into the Detained Fast Track system: The Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency’s investigation into the Detained Fast Track asylum process, published today, finds ample evidence of the dysfunctions of the Fast Track. Yet the Chief Inspector, John […]

Gladys Mabvira: finally freed today after 6 months in Yarls Wood, she tells of the injustices experienced there

Gladys Mabvira is an opposition activist from Zimbabwe.  Despite the enormous risks she would face if returned to Zimbabwe, she has time and again been issued with removal directions by the Home Office.  Only her strength in adversity and last minute legal actions kept Gladys with us here in the UK.   She has this morning […]

Treatment of returned asylum seekers in Iran

The Ireland Refugee Documentation Centre, part of the Legal Aid Board, is an independent library and research service. The Centre provides a research and query service for all organisations involved in the asylum process, and builds and maintains a collection of objective and up to date country of origin , asylum, immigration and human rights […]

Enforced removal contracts: the abusive end-point of a broken immigration system

NCADC welcomes today’s report  from the Home Affairs Select Committee, which raises concerns that the potentially lethal ‘head-down’ restraint technique is used during enforced removals, that racist language is used by escort staff, that there are too many escorts used in operations, and that risk assessments focus on the risk to escort staff rather the […]

The human and financial costs of charter flights

£42million bill to get remove failed asylum seekers: How taxpayer funding for secretive flights has QUADRUPLED in past seven years Graham Smith, The Daily Mail 29 December 2011 The Government has spent £42million on secretive flights to send failed asylum seekers back home, it was revealed today. British taxpayers are forking out a staggering £500,000 […]

2011 news review

Theresa May and a kitten

January The year began with cracks appearing in the government’s plan to dramatically reduce immigration by 2015 and reports of violence towards detainees by UKBA. Evidence mounts against aim to slash immigration by 2015 Migrants’ Rights Network, 26 January 2011 This week, government ministers seemed to shy away from supporting its increasingly doomed objective of […]

Official lying in the UK: what child detention reveals about how we are governed

This week, OpenDemocracy presents a disturbing new dossier by the award-winning author Clare Sambrook — Official lying and how it harms our democracy. OpenDemocracy founder Anthony Barnett reflects on the impact of Clare Sambrook’s coverage of child detention, and the citizens’ campaign End Child Detention Now. “…in the intense, relentless process of exposing the scandal […]