Concerns about the use of army barracks, hotels etc.

This post is being updated with reports of atrocities around the army camp accommodation and hotels, and other Home Office plans to accommodate people in new sites:

Updated 25 October 2021: Guardian: Asylum accommodation deaths ‘twice as high’ as Home Office admitted

Government accused of downplaying toll after information requests reveal discrepancies

“The steep rise in deaths coincides with the Home Office decision in 2020 to push thousands of asylum seekers into hotels. “

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Event: Coventry on 20 October 2021: Oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill: No to hostile environment

Event in Coventry: Oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill: No to hostile environment Wednesday 20 October 2021, 13:30-14:30 Broadgate, Coventry, CV1 1, United Kingdom: Please join StatusNow signatory organisation CARAG – Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group and other Coventry local groups as we continue to oppose the anti-Refugee Bill. We will also remember Henok.

The Tories planned Nationalities and Borders Bill will make the mere act of seeking asylum illegal, contrary to the UN Convention on Refugees and Human Rights Acts. We say Refugees Welcome Here, No One Is Illegal! Come and join us to show your support for the right to asylum.

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Ethical of reporting of the Afghan crisis, asylum and refugees

Organised by the national office of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ] Ethics Council – Ethical of reporting of the Afghan crisis, asylum and refugees: the NUJ ethics council would like to invite you to an online public meeting this Thursday 7 October starting at 17.00.The event is focused on the ethics of reporting on the Afghan crisis, asylum and refugees. Speakers include –

  • Farhad Mohammadi – BBC journalist in Kabul and now in the UK
  • Michelle Stanistreet – NUJ general secretary
  • Daniel Trilling – journalist and author
  • Jeremy Dear – IFJ deputy general secretary
  • Chris Frost – chair of the NUJ ethics council

To details of how to attend on the night, please contact the Manchester Branch of NUJ who are StatusNow signatories: NUJManchester@nuj.org.uk

‘Off-shoring’ people seeking asylum is not a new idea

Updated 5 October 2021: Independent: Albania angrily denies deal with ‘anti-immigration’ Britain to process Channel migrants

Albania’s foreign minister has furiously denied reports that migrants arriving the UK on small boats will be flown 1,500 miles to Albania to have their asylum claims processed, labelling the plans “fake news”.

This was 2003: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/7026826.albania-idea-seekers/


Updated 2.10.2020 – following the idea of outposting people in the asylum system to Ascension Island, the Home Office is now considering using old ferries …

Updated 3.10.2020 – Channel 4 news private jet chartered to remove one person to France.

Updated 12.10.2020 – Use of ‘unsanitary’ and ‘unsuitable’ ex-MoD housing

Out of sight, out of mind! The ‘backlog’ can be dealt with by giving people Leave to Remain now, This post is also uploaded to the http://qarn.org.uk website.

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Why We Stand for StatusNow4All: An Invitation for You to Join Us.

StatusNow4All North West

Why We Stand for StatusNow4All: An Invitation for You to Join Us

The North-West Regional group of Status Now is delighted to invite you to join us on Monday, the 4th of October from 6pm to 7.30pm when, with a keynote contribution from the MP for Rochdale, the Rt Hon Tony Lloyd, we Stand4StatusNow4All to the NW signatories.  Please see the programme below:

Why We Stand4StatusNow4ALL: 4th October 2021 at 6pm 

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We call for an inquest into Harvey Wittika’s death

Updated 1 October 2021: Glasgow Live: Calls for inquiry into death of migrant who fell from Glasgow flat block

Harvey Wittika had been living and working in the UK for more than a decade before his status was revoked – he died alone in Glasgow just months later.

An organisation campaigning for the rights of migrants has called for an inquiry into the death of a man in Glasgow.

Harvey Wittika died after falling from the second floor of his flat building in Glasgow on August 6.

The 37-year-old from Malawi had been living in the city for around six months before his death while waiting for his Leave to Remain.

Before moving to Glasgow, he had graduated with a master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. After struggling to get work in the industry, he was employed as a chef in Wagamama’s and Nando’s in St Albans before the Home Office refused to renew his application to stay in the UK.

At the time of his death, Harvey had lived in the UK for 16 years and had developed close relationships with a number of his colleagues who described him as a ‘beautiful person’.

Status Now 4 All, a coalition of over 100 organisations and community action groups campaigning for undocumented migrants and migrants in the legal process, have called for a fatal accident investigation into his death and have written to Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal.

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Spotlight on Migrants at Work

Update 29 September 2021: SNN Statement – It is time to review immigration policies

“It’s time to let all asylum seekers and undocumented migrants work and contribute to the society especially doctors, nurses, truck drivers, farmers, who are all forbidden to work.”

A tweet by member organisation Positive Housing in Action echoes sentiments expressed by many Status Now Network members keen to help the government see some sense and revisit its immigration policies. 

As the country faces shortages of lorry drivers, health workers, care workers, agricultural workers, poultry farmers (and who knows what next), Status Now Network urges the government to grant Indefinite Leave To Remain to asylum seekers, those in the legal system, and those who made the UK their home but are undocumented. This  will enable them to come forward because it removes their precarious status in the UK and gives them the right to work. It is a sensible, humane, and reasonable step for the British government to adopt. 

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Access to healthcare at the point of need?

Updated 24 September 2021: Bare Life films: NHS Borderlands – An investigative documentary into the human cost of charging migrants for accessing the NHS

After fleeing persecution in Zimbabwe in fear for her life, Angela sought asylum in the UK where she has lived with her husband for 20 years. Following a vital hysterectomy operation Angela is – without warning – issued a bill for £8,000 by the NHS, jeopardizing her life in the UK forever. Angela’s story exposes the real cost of the recent introduction of NHS charges for migrants, where discrimination undermines our society’s commitment to universal healthcare. The most vulnerable are left unable to pay and scared to seek care. There are many stories like Angela’s, most untold and undocumented. This film documents how healthcare workers and campaigners are fighting alongside Angela to keep the border out of hospitals.

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ENABLING NURSE DAISY

Updated 17 September 2021: Moses and Daisy invite you to join the walk: ‘It’s on, this Saturday the 18th!, another 24 mile walk in Pickering, let’s show support and zeal in stopping these deportations flights.’

“Together we stand very strong. The deportations will surely end, cracks are beginning to show up within the inner court of the Government. STOP DEPORTATIONS once and for all for the better of the country. Come to all to Pickering. Lets do the walk in our big numbers until victory is final…Alutta continua….!”

[ZHRO@ZHRO_Zimbabwe https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2021-07-22/debates/5A3C065C-6638-46A1-B4D5-727466583109/ZimbabweHumanRights… Lord Chidgey (LD) “My Lords, to come back to the assessment of the situation and consultation before decision to deport, in April, the US State Secretary, Antony J Blinken, assessed Zimbabwe as one of the worst countries abusing citizens’ rights]

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ANTI SLAVERY DAY AWARDS 2021

17 September 2021: Human Trafficking Foundation Anti-slavery day awards 2021:

Please note that voting is only open to individuals working in some way with the anti-slavery sector, and only one vote for each category is permitted. Voting closes Friday 24th September. Read more here: https://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/anti-slavery-day-awards-voting-2021


We long for the day when creating awards to highlight anti slavery work are completely consigned to the past…. Until then … our signatory Migrants At Work is in this frame and it’s founder and leader Ake says:

I had a dream

When I was working in the cocoa plantation; one day, my brother explained why we had hectares of plantations but struggled to feed ourselves. He also explained what a diplomat was and supposed to do to protect our interest overseas. After listening to him, I say I will become an Ambassador to end child labourer.

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Zoom meeting: Oppose the Nationality & Borders Bill, Manchester, 27 September 2021

Please click the link and register to attend!

We are writing to you on behalf of NWTUC Black Members Committee and Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit to invite you to an online meeting to coordinate the widest possible opposition from both trade unions & community and voluntary sector organisations to this brutal & racist bill.
The Bill is designed to tear up the protections offered by the Refugee Convention.
The proposals are particularly aimed at people seeking asylum who arrive in the UK ‘illegally’, conflating asylum seeking with criminality, when the government well knows that there is, in practical terms, no way of entering the UK to seek asylum ‘safely and legally’.

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Scottish Housing Forum for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Reminder: Date for your diary – 21 September 2021: Are you an asylum seeker, refugee or a supporting organisation in Scotland? If yes, please join us for this tenancy participation event.

MigrationUK, Scottish Asylum and Refugee Action Group, Status Now 4 All (Scotland) and Tenancy Participation Advisory Service (Scotland) are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

TOPIC: Scottish Housing Forum for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Tenancy Participation

SPEAKERS :
Tony Kelly, Tenancy Participation Advisory Service (Scotland)
Asylum Seekers and refugees with lived experience on housing issues
Peer group representatives
Support services

TIME:
Sep 21, 2021
06:30 PM London

About this event: The aim is:

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