Charter flight deportations: ‘ghost flights’ that stop access to justice

Last night, activists blockaded Stansted Airport to stop the departure of the scheduled charter flight mass deportation to Nigeria and Ghana.  At the time of writing, the blockade continues and the charter flight has not departed.  Why have activists taken such a drastic action? Charter flight removals/deportations are one of the shadiest aspects of the […]

A history of providing sanctuary? LGBT+ asylum claims in the UK

As LGBT History Month draws to a close, it seems timely to review the progress – and lack of it – in the treatment of asylum claims in the UK on the basis of sexuality. Asylum claims based on sexual identity first came under recognised refugee protection in the UK in 1999 – nearly 50 years […]

Faith in the system? Claiming asylum on the basis of religion

“This report demonstrates, however, that there is a disparity between Home Office policy guidelines and what is actually happening in practice”. Hands up who’s heard that one before. The line comes from a June 2016 report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief – ‘Fleeing persecution: Asylum Claims […]

Politics before protection: the story of Eritrean asylum seekers in the UK

The front page news in the Guardian last week, that “Home Office Eritrea guidance softened to reduce asylum seeker numbers” will not surprise those who have been following the debacle of Eritrean asylum claims in the UK for some time. The Public Law Project managed to obtain internal Home Office documents that evidenced UK government […]

Defining torture, and detaining survivors

In 2001, Parliament introduced the Detention Centre Rules for the “regulation and management” of immigration detention centres. Rules 34 and 35 introduced mechanisms to try and ensure that people with independent evidence of torture were not detained, except in very exceptional circumstances. These rules stipulate that within 24 hours of entering a detention centre, the person […]

New factsheet on charter flight removals/deportations

Following on from their brilliant 2013 report,  “Collective Expulsion: the case against mass deportation charter flights”, Corporate Watch have produced a new factsheet to provide updating information on the mass deportations carried out by the UK government. “Mass deportations on chartered aircraft are only one small part of the deportation system. Many more people are […]

Immigration detention: being a surety/cautioner

Last year, our friends at Scottish Detainee Visitors let us know about a great resource by Immigration Bail Observation Project Scotland (IBOPS): Guide To Being A Cautioner In The Scottish Immigration Bail Process. We link to this great guide in our Toolkit section on Immigration Detention, and in this blog post we will draw out […]

New power to remove while human rights appeal is pending

From 1 December 2016, the “out of country” appeals regime is extended. In a power granted by the 2016 Immigration Act and in force from 1 December, the Home Office can remove someone from the UK even if they are appealing, or plan to appeal, on human rights grounds while the appeal is pending. The […]

Signing support: lessons from Manchester

Yesterday on the blog, we wrote about the importance of preparing in case of being detained, and the different things you can think about and get ready in case the worst happens to you. One of the most important aspects of this is having a system in place so that if you are detained, people […]