Status Now newsletter December 2021

SNN Editorial WE know that the Emperor has no clothes 2021’s end of year ‘holiday’ period has to be the strangest ever. In the UK and Ireland an unknown number of people are entering this period of the COVID19 syndemic[2]  without one or more of these fundamentals: safe roofs over our heads, heat and food to warm and fuel our bodies, and internet connected devices that maintain our abilities to communicate beyond our physical placement.  The Status Now Network(SNN) remains acutely conscious that – whether we do or we don’t have precarious immigration status – many people are being denied fundamental human needs. Read more: 

New Signatories to SNN – Freedom United Challenging migration policies that increase people’s vulnerability to exploitation and limit survivors’ access to support is central to the fight against modern slavery. At Freedom United, it is clear to us that without status for all, modern slavery will continue to thrive. That’s why we’re excited to be joining Status Now 4 All to call for indefinite leave to remain for everybody in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Read full Freedom United article here

Freedom United has been denouncing the E.U.’s complicity in the unlawful detention, abuse, extortion and slavery of people on the move in Libya since 2017. The upcoming elections in Libya will likely lead to new negotiations on migration between the E.U. and Libya. Take the chance to send the E.U. a clear message ahead of the negotiations: supporting these crimes is not acceptable.
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An exponential expansion of the number of people in the UK with precarious status: one potential implication of Clause 9 of the current Nationality and Borders Bill‘“It’s a horrible Clause”. Frances Webber, Institute of Race Relations, London. The idea that ‘an uncommunicated decision can bind an individual’ is ‘an astonishing proposition’[1]. 

In August of this year Sky News published analysis[2] of the last three years of ‘complete’ Home Office data relating to migration.  Demonstrating that the people who arrive in the UK in small boats and who generally claim asylum are only a small fraction of the number of migrants arriving in the UK each year, it admitted that ‘These numbers are based on estimates. The real number of unauthorised people in the UK is not known as official figures cannot capture the true reality.’ Sky News then fell back onto the much-cited Pew Research figure dating from 2019 that describes there being between 0.8-1.2 million migrant people in the UK who are ‘unauthorised’[3].  The Status Now Network favours the term ‘precarious’ to describe everyone in the UK without secure status.
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International Migrants Day 2021:  SNN Midlands’ signatories organised an event on 18 December 2021 to commemorate the International Migrants Day. You can watch the recording of the online event here. Migrant Help: This Christmas, in partnership with Nas Majeed, we bring you stories of two amazing young men who came to the UK escaping war and violence. Over 18,000 young men arrived in the UK in the past year seeking safety and they are facing a future of uncertainty. Despite their circumstances, they are more than refugees. Show your support by sharing this story. Watch the video here.  

Human Rights Act Link to proposal to ‘reform’ the Human Rights Act, and consultation (closes 8 March 2022), here: 

The Government commissioned the following report as an advisory starting point – see the Executive summary here:

The Power of Art:

 I have seen peace by Loraine Masiya Mponela 
I cry for justiceand equal rights
the right to be treated fairly
in front of the law 

how can I be content
with a written piece of paper
when the human being I meet
tells me otherwise?

I have seen peace
it makes me sleep
all night without worry
of pain, death or threat 

But justice cries out
all day saying I am human too
I want no extra
I want that which everybody wants 
Is it too much to ask

I am a human being too
Just treat me like one?

Signatories  Lucky Kambule from StatusNow4All signatory organisation MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland:  Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland – MASI welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Justice in Ireland, Minister Helen McEntee to regularise 17000 people including 3000 children. MASI also welcomes inclusion of the people who seek international protection (Asylum Seekers) and have been in the system for two years and more. The inclusion of the people under threat of deportation also shows the inclusive approach being taken by the Minister, to include as many people as she possibly can.       
Read more – here 

These Walls Must Fall: We want freedom, online event 25 Nov. If you miss it, you can watch the event here
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