Some Urgent Immigration News from NCADC.


Hope Nwachukwu- Act Now, Removal Tomorrow!

Hope Nwachukwu is 33 years old and is currently being detained at Harmondsworth Detention Centre. Hope has removal directions to Lagos, Nigeria for the 16 September 2010 on Plueline Airlines flight PVT009 at 21.40. Hope is gay and faces persecution if he is returned to Nigeria. He has already suffered years of attacks and torture by fellow citizens who held strong views on practicing gay men. Hope arrived in the UK at the end of 2009 to try and escape his persecutors but since then he has spent six months in detention. The thought of returning to life in Nigeria is terrifying. Hope’s campaign committee is trying to gain support to stop his flight so Hope has time to find a solicitor to represent him.

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Ruta Teklesenbet and Baby Ebenezer- Act Now, Removal Tomorrow!
Ruta Teklesenbet is 19 years old and is currently being detained at Yarl’s Wood detention Centre with her 2 year old son Ebenezer. Ruta has removal directions to Italy for the 16 September 2010 on British Airways flight BA552 at 07.10am. From Italy Ruta and Ebenezer will most likely be deported to Eritrea, but only after  having to experience the infamously inhumane conditions of the Italian immigration system. Ruta is from Eritrea and has been seeking asylum in the UK since May 2008. When she arrived on a lorry she was heavily pregnant with her son at just 17 years old. This is the third time Ruta and her child have been detained throughout their struggle to stay in the UK despite this she has forged strong bonds with the local community.

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Home Office to deport Jamaican mother after 10 years in UK
Denise McNeil to be returned without her eight-year-old son
Guardian, Owen Bowcott, 15 September 2010

A hunger striker who protested at the treatment of immigration detainees in Yarl’s Wood detention centre is due to be deported to Jamaica today. Denise McNeil, who has lived in Britain for 10 years, will be put on a plane without her eight-year-old son, Tre-Anri. The Home Office says she is being removed because of past criminal convictions and has urged her family to accompany her to the Caribbean.

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Being children and undocumented in the UK: A background paper
COMPASS, Nando Sigona and Vanessa Hughes, September 2010

This background paper offers a critical review of key terms, concepts and evidence which will inform our ongoing qualitative study on the situation of undocumented migrant minors in the UK. The paper first addresses issues related to the definition of the target group, considering in particular the dichotomy legal/illegal immigration and showing how it fails to acknowledge two important aspects: the layered nature of legal status and entitlements, and the mobility between different statuses over time.

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Refugee Action postcard campaign: UK Border Agency response
UKBA, 14 September 2010

The UK Border Agency has published its response to the charity Refugee Action’s recent postcard campaign on asylum seekers:
‘We would like to thank all those who recently sent postcards to Damian Green regarding asylum seekers in the UK.
‘The government is committed to providing a safe haven for genuine refugees, and in its Coalition programme has committed to exploring new ways to speed up the asylum process in order to promote swifter refugee integration and, where asylum is refused, to assist in ensuring the return and reintegration of failed asylum seekers is as smooth and efficient as possible. As part of this work, the UK Border Agency will of course continue to work with organisations such as Refugee Action and others.
‘The postcard campaign mentioned the Coalition government’s commitment to stop the deportation of asylum seekers who have had to leave particular countries because their sexual orientation or gender identification put them at proven risk of imprisonment, torture or execution. We do not consider it acceptable to send people to their countries of origin where they would have to hide their sexuality to avoid persecution. This position was reflected in the Supreme Court’s judgment of 7 July, which found that, in cases where we believe that a person will avoid persecution by behaving discreetly, we need to consider why he or she would do that. If the person’s behaviour would be motivated by a real fear of persecution if they lived openly, then, depending on the other aspects of the person’s claim, he or she may be entitled to refugee status.

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EU: A Key Intervention in Roma Expulsions
HRW, 14 September 2010

The strong condemnation by the European commissioner for fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, of France’s expulsion of Roma to Romania and Bulgaria sends a powerful message against discrimination, Human Rights Watch said today. At a midday briefing in Brussels, Reding said she was personally convinced that the European Commission would have to initiate infringement proceedings against France for a discriminatory application of European Union law on freedom of movement.

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ECRE Statement Re EU Conference on Quality and Efficiency in the Asylum Process
Migrants at Sea, 15 September 2010

“… Since its peak in the early 1990s, the number of asylum applications lodged within the European Union has experienced a sharp decline, despite the increase in some individual Member States. However, a difficult political and economic environment in Europe is fuelling little appetite for welcoming foreigners, which is translated into a slow progress at the table of negotiations to build a Common European Asylum System.
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Review of Displacement and Return in Iraq
IOM Iraq, August 2010

Today some of the 1.6 million1 individuals who left their homes in Iraq after 2006 have returned, while the majority remain displaced. The path to a sustainable future varies among families, affected by factors such as history, location, socioeconomic level, affiliations, and intentions. Thus, their needs for assistance also vary despite some overarching trends captured in this summary report. Nevertheless, displaced families share many of their basic needs with returnees as well as their host communities. These needs are presented in this report, along with in-depth analyses of particular geographic and demographic data.
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Train the Trainer Workshop Cardiff

Friday 17th September 2010

City United Reformed Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff

NCADC along with Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales, No Borders South Wales, and Displaced People in Action are organizing an anti-deportation training workshop for people seeking sanctuary and their supporters.

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Migrant rights and development forum

20 September 2010

A meeting bringing together migrants rights groups, trade unions and NGO’s to discuss strategies for organising and uniting migrant workers.

Monday 20 September 2010, 11-2pm
Syndicate 3, Trades Union Congress, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

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Detained Lives Report Launch
‘No return, no release’

Monday 27 September 2010, 6.30-8.30pm
Amnesty International Human Rights Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, London EC2A 3EA
Panel speakers include:

Don Flynn – Migrants Right Network
Amal de Chickera – Equal Rights Trust

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European Commission, 9 Septembmer 2010

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