Weekly Immigration News Digest 3rd – 9th March 2018

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9 March 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.


‘Slap in the face of desperation’: Yarl’s Wood women on hunger strike for ‘dietary’ reasons, claims Home Office | The Independent | 1.3.18

The desperate measures taken by the detainees of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal centre to draw attention to their unfair, inhumane treatment, and the injustice of indefinite detention, by going on hunger strike, have been dismissed by the Home Office. Its explanation of the strike is that the detainees are not eating because of “dietary or religious reasons”. Baroness Williams, Minister of State for the Home Office, denies that these centres are guilty of indefinite detention. Read the full article…
 
Home Office plans to deny immigrants access to data ‘are illegal’ | The Guardian | 5.3.18

Denying immigrants access to their data seems to be a plan by the Home Office to cover up the mistakes they make. Without access to their file, an immigrant is unable to challenge administrative faults, or discover why an application is unsuccessful. It would be an unfair law that would ‘insulate the government from legitimate legal challenges’. Read the full article…
 
Asylum seeker who fled poverty and domestic violence says she is even worse off in UK | The Mirror | 7.3.18

Fleeing Algeria, a woman came to the UK with her young daughter, seeking sanctuary and a better life, but has found it to be more devastating still. Their living conditions are dire, with freezing draughts and only one bed. The developer claims that the property is ‘in good order’ and sufficiently furnished. Read the full article…
 
Abused and ignored: LGBTI asylum seekers let down by the system | The Guardian | 4.3.18

After being verbally abused by a housemate, a transgender asylum seeker from Trinidad who identifies as a woman was denied her request to transfer to different accommodation by G4S, who are responsible for providing accommodation for asylum seekers in the area. Read the full article…
 
‘I felt a nausea of fury’ – how I faced the cruelty of Britain’s immigration system | The Guardian | 5.3.18

This is the account of Nesrine Malik, who first came to the UK in 2004 for a postgraduate degree. Her application for permanent-after-temporary residence was rejected due to new legislation and a government crack-down on net migration. Read the full article…
 
‘I’m all alone’: the child refugees desperate to be reunited with family | The Guardian | 6.3.18

This devastating report by a children’s psychotherapist at the Refugee Council who sees children who have come to the UK alone, highlights the reality that this country does not allow child refugees to be reunited with family. Read the full article…