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Home Office borders bill could ‘create a British Guantánamo Bay,’ says Tory MP

Former Brexit secretary David Davis says Priti Patel’s plans could foster a situation similar to notorious US detention campA former Conservative cabinet minister has warned that the Home Office’s controversial borders bill risks creating a “British Guantanamo Bay,”. David Davis, who served as Brexit secretary from 2016 to 2018, said that the home secretary’s plans to send asylum seekers to another country while their claims are processed may create a facility as notorious as the US detention ca...
Tags: Politics, Guantanamo Bay, US, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Tory, David Davis, Brexit, Priti Patel, Cuba Guantanamo Bay


Lives lost at Europe’s borders and Afghan MPs in exile: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Mexico to Manila Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Greece, Mexico, France, Women, Americas, Qatar, European Union, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Afghanistan


French police break up camp where Channel tragedy victims stayed

Shelters outside Dunkirk used by the 27 who died at sea dismantled in latest attempt to disperse refugeesArmed French police have broken up a makeshift migrant camp outside Dunkirk where the 27 people who died at sea last week stayed before they drowned in the Channel.The basic site, by a canal outside the Grand-Smythe suburb, had no toilets or running water, but was nevertheless used by several hundred people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, hoping to travel illegally to the UK. Continue readin...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Dunkirk, Grand Smythe


Tensions run high in Hastings over small boat arrivals

While many in East Sussex town have rushed to help when refugees arrive on the beach, some are less welcoming Ten days ago, people stood on the beach in Hastings and tried to prevent a lifeboat crew from going into the sea to rescue a group of refugees in a flimsy dinghy. According to a witness, they were shouting at the RNLI: “Don’t bring any more of those, we’re full up, that’s why we stopped our donations.”Meanwhile, a group from the same town calling itself Hastings Supports Refugees has set...
Tags: UK News, Immigration and asylum, Hastings, East Sussex, Hastings Supports Refugees


Whistleblower tells inquiry of ‘shocking’ abuse at immigration detention centre

Former officer who filmed undercover footage at Brook House, says managers were complicit A shocking culture of abuse by staff towards detainees at Brook House immigration detention centre was described by a whistleblower giving evidence to a public inquiry into widespread mistreatmeant of detainees at the G4S-run site.The former Brook House officer Callum Tulley described repeatedly witnessing abusive behaviour by officers towards detainees, and told the inquiry that he was so disturbed by it t...
Tags: Politics, Law, Race, Society, UK News, G4s, Immigration and asylum, Bbc, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Prisons and probation, Brook House, Callum Tulley


Channel crossings are an English issue, says French minister

UK accused of having a labour market akin to modern slavery that encourages people to make risky crossingsSenior French ministers have accused the UK of operating a labour market akin to slavery and called on London to open safe routes for migrants, as the two governments continued to deflect blame for last week’s drownings in the Channel.The criticism came hours after France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, held a crisis meeting with European ministers and border agencies to discuss the mi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Gérald Darmanin


Victims of sexual violence let down by UK asylum system, report says

Study calls on Home Office to integrate gender and trauma sensitivity into asylum systemVictims of sexual violence face further abuse and trauma as a result of the UK asylum process and are systematically let down by authorities, according a report.The research found that gender-insensitive and sometimes inhumane asylum interviews, sexual harassment in unstable asylum accommodation and a lack of access to healthcare and psychological support were just some of the factors compounding the trauma ...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Violence against women and girls


British MPs call for law changes to help young Hongkongers flee to UK

Figures show that 93% of those charged over protests are under 25 and many therefore not eligible to access current UK visa schemeMore than nine in 10 people who have faced protest charges in Hong Kong are too young to access a UK visa scheme dedicated to helping Hongkongers flee to Britain, according to advocates and MPs calling for new laws to assist them.The release of the figures on Sunday by the advocacy group Hong Kong Watch comes before a parliamentary debate this week on proposed migrati...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, BNO, Hong Kong Watch


‘He’s missing’: anxious wait in Calais camps for news on Channel victims

In northern France, friends and relatives of those who died in the tragic crossing on Wednesday are desperate for answersOn Saturday Gharib Ahmed spent five hours outside the police station in Calais, desperately waiting for news. “It was so cold. There was no answer,” he said. Ahmed was seeking confirmation that his brother-in-law Twana Mamand was one of 27 people who died in the Channel on Wednesday after the flimsy dinghy taking them to the UK sank. “I want to see his body. I have to understa...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Calais, Ahmed, Dunkirk, Gharib Ahmed, Twana Mamand, Twana, Kale Mamand


‘Shocking’ that UK is moving child refugees into hotels

Children’s Society criticises practice of placing unaccompanied minors in hotels with limited careRecord numbers of unaccompanied child asylum seekers who arrived in the UK on small boats are being accommodated in four hotels along England’s south coast, a situation that the Children’s Society has described as “shocking”.About 250 unaccompanied children who arrived in small boats are thought to be accommodated in hotels, which Ofsted said was an unacceptable practice. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Children, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Ofsted, Kent, Children 's Society


EU ministers meet in Calais over Channel crisis but without UK

France seeks greater European co-operation, but talks exclude Priti Patel after diplomatic rowEU ministers are meeting in Calais on Sunday to discuss how to stop people crossing the Channel in small boats, but without the UK home secretary, Priti Patel, whose invitation was rescinded following a diplomatic row with France.France has invited representatives from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the European Commission to the meeting, which was called last week after 27 people hoping to claim...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, European Commission, Calais, Emmanuel Macron, France France, Priti Patel, Belgium Germany the Netherlands


Death in the Channel: ‘My wife and children said they were getting on a boat. I didn’t hear from them again’

The human stories of some of the 27 who died attempting to cross from France to the UKAccording to his friends, Harem Pirot was an excellent swimmer. In the summer of 2019 he and a neighbour Anas Muhammad set off from their home in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Ranya to nearby Lake Dukan, a popular picnic and boating spot.“Harem was a really good person. He could swim well in deep water,” Anas said yesterday. “Our families knew each other well. A great guy. He was 25.” Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Kurds, Kurdistan, Anas, Lake Dukan, Ranya, Harem Pirot, Anas Muhammad


Asylum in the UK: the key numbers

So often in debates about asylum, statistics are used out of context to back up a politically motivated point, or as fuel in the government’s culture war against asylum seekers. Here are the key statistics about the UK’s asylum system in context13,210. The number of people the UK granted protection to via asylum or resettlement routes in the year to September 2021 This is significantly lower than before the pandemic hit in March 2020.64%. The proportion of initial asylum applications that were s...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Germany, Eu, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Refugees


Priti Patel blames ‘evil’ gangs for Channel crossings but the reality is far more complicated

Analysis: The UK government’s own experts say many journeys are actually organised directly by desperate familiesThe government repeatedly insists that sophisticated criminal networks are driving the Channel crossings by people seeking asylum in Britain. Of all the contested claims advanced by the home secretary on the issue, it remains among the most pervasive.True to form, in the aftermath of Wednesday’s drownings, Priti Patel wasted little time reiterating her determination to “smash the crim...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Migration, Refugees, Priti Patel


UK minister downplays tensions with France over Channel crossings crisis

Damian Hinds says PM’s published letter to Emmanuel Macron was ‘exceptionally supportive’ and insists ‘partnership is strong’A Home Office minister has downplayed the diplomatic row between France and the UK over the migration crisis in the Channel, insisting that it was time to “draw up new creative solutions”.The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, clashed earlier this week over how to deal with people attempting to cross the Channel in small boats...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Damian Hinds


Kurdish village fears the worst for its loved ones after Channel disaster

Relatives await news on 10 men whose phones have gone silent and a map pin that remains stubbornly stuck halfway between Britain and FranceVery little is known about the 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat on Wednesday, other than that many are thought to have come from northern Iraq.In the Kurdish village of Ranya, families had been waiting for days for news from loved ones they knew were planning to attempt the perilous crossing on Wednesday, but whose phone...
Tags: UK, Iraq, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Ranya


Kurdish woman is first victim of Channel tragedy to be named

Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin from northern Iraq was messaging her fiancé when dinghy started sinkingA Kurdish woman from northern Iraq has become the first victim of this week’s mass drowning in the Channel to be named.Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin was messaging her fiancé, who lives in the UK, when the group’s dinghy started deflating on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin


‘We are sick of double speak’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live

Latest updates: Macron slams Boris Johnson for trying to negotiate with him via Twitter as it cancels talks with UK officials over Channel crossingsChannel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with FranceAnalysis: France senses policing alone won’t stop risky crossingsChannel drownings unlikely to slow exodus from Iraqi KurdistanCoronavirus global updates – liveThe French government has accused Boris Johnson of “double speak”. In a briefing, the French government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Wales, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Plaid Cymru, Northern Ireland, Social Care, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Down's Syndrome, Johnson, Liam Fox, Keir Starmer


I crossed the Channel in a small boat. This is what it's like – video

Ali, 28, left his home in Iran to escape religious persecution. After being denied asylum in France, he made the decision to cross the Channel in a dinghy. He told the Guardian's Today in Focus podcast about his experience making the perilous crossing twice, in search of a better life‘I come, or I die’: fatalistic refugees say Channel crossing their only option‘I’ll try to get across’: people camped out in Dunkirk still hope to reach UKToday in Focus: A tragedy in the Channel – listen Continue r...
Tags: France, UK News, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Refugees, Ali, Dunkirk


‘He didn’t come back’: the grim camps from where refugees set off for UK

In transient tent towns near Dunkirk people disappear and no one knows if they made it safely across the Channel For four days this week Karwan Tahir shared a tent in the woods around Dunkirk with a young man named Karim. In the early hours of Wednesday morning Karim set off for the UK – a journey in darkness to the nearby beach, and from there into the vast and uncertain Channel in a flimsy dinghy.“I don’t know if he made it or if he drowned,” Tahir said on Friday, showing off the living space ...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Refugees, Kurdistan, Dunkirk, Karim, Tahir, Karwan Tahir


‘I come, or I die’: fatalistic refugees say Channel crossing their only option

Young people who have made the dangerous journey tell why they have risked all to reach the UKChannel crossings – latest news liveIn the early hours of Thursday morning, a group of newly arrived refugees huddled together on the coast of Dover. The smugglers had not halted their trade in moving people across the Channel and, just hours after 27 people died on the perilous journey, they were back at work.There is little evidence that the latest loss of life will deter others from making the danger...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Refugees, Young People


Macron tells Johnson to ‘get serious’ on Channel crisis after tweeted letter

French president says: ‘We do not communicate on these issues by tweets’ after PM issues five-point plan via TwitterPresident Emmanuel Macron has told Boris Johnson to “get serious” or remain locked out of discussions over how to curb the flow of people escaping war and poverty across the Channel.In a further sign of an escalating diplomatic crisis since the deaths of 27 people on Wednesday, the French leader criticised the UK’s decision to issue a five-point plan via Twitter instead of conducti...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Macron


On Channel crossings, France is sick of UK ‘outsourcing’ problems

Analysis: there’s fury at Johnson tweeting out a letter to Macron – and some of the PM’s suggested five steps are inflammatoryFrance has reacted furiously to what officials variously called a “mediocre, unacceptable and wholly inappropriate” letter from Boris Johnson to Emmanuel Macron about the migrant Channel crossings.The French interior minister cancelled a planned top-level meeting with the home secretary, Priti Patel,, while government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said France was “sick and t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Priti Patel, Gabriel Attal


Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France

Boris Johnson’s public letter to Emmanuel Macron on Channel drownings deemed ‘unacceptable’Talks with the home secretary, Priti Patel, about the Channel boats crisis have been cancelled by France’s interior minister after Boris Johnson called on France to take back people who crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats.In an escalation of the political crisis after the deaths of 27 people in the Channel, Patel’s counterpart, Gérald Darmanin, said France was disappointed by the demand. Continue ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Priti Patel, Gérald Darmanin, Channel Patel


‘I’ll try to get across’: people camped out in Dunkirk still hope to reach UK

News of Channel deaths has reached camp, but many still plan to pay people smugglers huge amounts in hope of a better lifeEverybody at the camp on the outskirts of Dunkirk, little more than a scrappy collection of tents with no toilets or running water, has heard about the 27 people who drowned on Wednesday.Everybody knows the risks. But everybody says they still have the same plan, to try to get on a boat to the UK, because they do not believe that death will come to them – and because of their...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Dunkirk, News of Channel


Not doing enough? France senses policing alone won’t stop risky crossings

Analysis: UK suggestions that the French are not exerting themselves enough belies a more complex situationBehind Boris Johnson’s suggestions, in the wake of the Channel drownings, that France was not doing enough to stop small boat crossings, lies a more complex picture. There is a growing sense among charities and the French political class that policing, security and repression alone cannot solve the issue of refugees risking their life to reach the UK to claim asylum.In the past year, with r...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Boris Johnson


Channel drownings unlikely to slow exodus from Iraqi Kurdistan

As officials grapple with crisis, even more Kurds are preparing to make dangerous journey to EuropeWere they driven to the freezing shores of Europe by desperation, or did several thousand Kurds instead make the dangerous journey in search of opportunity?As officials in Iraqi Kurdistan grapple with what is driving a crisis that is thought to have led to scores of citizens drowning in the Channel on Wednesday, and thousands of others to brave precarious migrant routes to Europe, even more are pre...
Tags: Europe, Iraq, World news, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Belarus, Kurdistan


UK ministers urged to ‘stop playing politics’ over Channel crossings

Aid groups say more deaths are likely and Britain must allow safe routes for asylum seekers More lives will be lost in the Channel unless urgent action is taken to stop “playing politics with people’s lives”, ministers have been warned as desperate refugees vowed to keep attempting the perilous journey.The grim prediction came as investigators tried to identify the bodies of at least 27 people, including a pregnant woman and three children and thought to be predominantly Kurds from Iraq, who dro...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel


Shock and pity mix along coast where Channel tragedy played out

Local community reacts to the drowning of 27 people amid sense of resignation that nothing will changeA UK Border Force perimeter at Dover Marina prevented closer contact with the few dozen men and women waiting late on Thursday morning on a red double decker bus marked “private” – yet exhaustion was clearly etched on each one’s face.It was unclear if the latest arrivals, who were on boats picked up by a Border Force cutter and a lifeboat in the Channel at 5am had embarked from France knowing 27...
Tags: Europe, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Kent, Border Force, UK Border Force, Dover Marina



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