The rehabilitation of a ‘race martyr’ | Institute of Race Relations
“‘Whatever you thought of him, he was certainly ahead of his time.’ That, in sum, is what it took Aasmah Mir twenty-eight minutes to say in her recent Radio 4 broadcast, produced by Martin Williams, on The Lessons of Ray Honeyford. Recounting the intense, bitter furore surrounding the Bradford headteacher for a few years in the 1980s, the ‘Honeyford affair’, she argued, has come to represent ‘a kind of contemporary parable’ when looked at some three decades later. It ‘is a story upon which different people have different claims’, Aasmah Mir suggests, ‘[with] its meaning chang[ing] depending on who is telling it’. And she is assiduously fair in her attempts to portray them. Equal weight was given in the programme to competing perspectives on a man described as a hero for the Right and hate figure for the Left. Her quintessentially liberal account, however, is unfortunately devoid of any historical or contemporary meaning. And as such is little more than an appendage to the ongoing revisionist attempt to rehabilitate Honeyford.”
Charities criticise Daily Express hostility toward asylum seekers | Institute of Race Relations
“Your readers would be forgiven for thinking the UK is being flooded by asylum seekers. This couldn’t be further from the truth, with asylum applications around the 23,000 mark a year the UK is home to less than 1 per cent of the world’s refugees and takes proportionately below the EU average.
To characterise the people housed in Folkestone as having a ‘lovely break’ by the sea that Brits would be envious of is hugely misleading and dangerous.”
Smugglers Rammed Migrants’ Boat, Sinking It, Group Says – NYTimes.com
“GENEVA — Human traffickers rammed a boat filled with migrants they were smuggling from North Africa to Europe, making it sink in the open sea and “deliberately drowning” hundreds of the migrants, the International Organization for Migration said Monday.
Christiane Berthiaume, a spokeswoman for the migration organization, said the traffickers rammed the boat with another vessel off the coast of Malta on Wednesday after an argument broke out between the traffickers and the migrant passengers. Ms. Berthiaume cited accounts by two Palestinians who had survived the sinking and had been rescued. Only nine people are known to have survived the disaster, the group said, out of as many as 500 who were said to have been on the boat.”
BBC News – Morton Hall Immigration Centre disorder investigated
“The Home Office is investigating a disturbance at an immigration removal centre which began following the death of a detainee.
Staff at Morton Hall, in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, had to find a “place of safety” when about 30 men reportedly refused to go into their rooms.
The disorder was eventually brought under control on Saturday evening.
A Home Office spokesman said there were no reported injuries to staff or detainees.
Earlier, officers in riot gear were seen going into the site and there were reports alarms were sounding inside the complex.
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said an investigation was taking place following the man’s death.”
The crisis at Calais: no, the UK is not “El Dorado”: | National Institute of Economic and Social Research
“The scenes at Calais over the past few days raise the question of why Britain is the “favoured destination” for illegal/irregular entrants to the European Union. Several people asked me that on Twitter yesterday. For the Mail and Express, and indeed the Mayor of Calais, there is no doubt, it is the lure of our “generous benefit system” that makes us an “El Dorado”. For more rational analysts, it is “Britain’s extensive informal economy.”
Except this is the wrong question. Look more closely at the Mail article:
Meanwhile, the number of migrants arriving in Italy is rising daily. So far this year, 91,000 Africans have landed at Lampedusa..or after being rescued at sea by the Italian navy. Numbers are expected to reach 100,000 by the end of August. In just 24 hours, between Wednesday and Thursday this week, 2,500 Africans, Syrians and Egyptians landed in Italy.”
Foreign students ‘should not be classed as immigrants’ – Telegraph
“Foreign students should no longer be labelled as “immigrants” because restrictions on studying in the UK are damaging universities and the economy, ministers have been told.
Leading vice-chancellors called on the government to dramatically overhaul its policies towards overseas students amid claims existing rules are driving them towards countries such as the United States and Australia. “
Language testing of asylum claimants: a flawed approach | Institute of Race Relations
“Following a critical Supreme Court judgment on the Home Office’s use of controversial language analysis tests to determine the nationality of asylum seekers, Aisha Maniar asks: why does the government insist on using these tests?
Language is a crucial element of the identity of each and every one of us, and a marker of social and cultural inclusion. Over the past twenty years, it has increasingly been used by western states as a means of determining political and bureaucratic identity – nationality – and consequently to reject the claims of undocumented asylum seekers on the basis that the language they speak is not that of their claimed country of origin. And where a language analysis places the claimant’s linguistic origin elsewhere than the country from which they are seeking asylum, not only is the asylum claim rejected, but removal is, in many cases, to the wrong country, which the language analysis deems them to come from.”
The battles of Calais | Institute of Race Relations
“Matt Carr reflects on the complicity of Britain and France in the horrific situation for migrants in Calais.
For millions of British tourists, Calais is a gateway for continental driving holidays and the pleasures of the Summer. For others it’s a city of designer shops, of the massive Euroshopping mall Cité Europe, where the Daily Mail and P&O ferries were offering £1 fares for foot passengers to do their Christmas shopping last year.
There is of course another Calais, the city that has become a trap and another of the world’s border bottlenecks, where Europe’s unwanted migrants come each year in the hope of getting onto a truck that can take them to the UK. Most of them have endured astonishingly harsh and difficult journeys to escape poverty and political, religious or gender oppression, only to find themselves living in derelict squats, tent camps or on the streets, constantly watched, harrassed, arrested and often beaten by the contingents of the Republican Security Companies who have been deployed there especially to make their lives hell.”
Still being driven to desperate measures | Institute of Race Relations
“At the weekend, a group of stowaways were found at Tilbury Docks desperately trying to escape a container they had been sealed into. By the time it was opened, one of the migrants, 40-year-old Meet Singh Kapoor was already dead.
Thirty-four migrants, Sikhs from Afghanistan, were found in the container, ten men, nine women and fifteen children, with their ages ranging from one to 72. Among them were Meet Singh Kapoor’s children and wife. Apparently they had had to watch him die.”
Enforced poverty amongst asylum seekers and refugees | Institute of Race Relations
“A new Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) Working Paper has been published which analyses the link between poverty and refugees and asylum seekers in the UK from the 1980s to the present. Focusing on three main groups: asylum seekers; refugees; and refused asylum seekers, it also examines the impact on women, children, unaccompanied asylum seeking minors, families, elderly people, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) people, disabled people and members of cultural and religious minorities.”
Guardian consults readers on terminology of ‘illegal migrants’ | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The Guardian newspaper has responded to a complaint set out in a recent joint letter headed by Right to Remain and supported by other groups including MRN, which complained about the use of the term ‘illegal migrants’ in a recent article.”
Migrant empowerment through timely and effective advice | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“Have you ever sought advice? Because you have paid too much income tax? For clarification with an issue at work? A landlord doesn’t want to return your deposit? You have had a dispute with a neighbour? Problems with your health and you can’t find a GP to register with? Have you had complications in dealing with a government department such as the Department for Work and Pensions? Or, maybe you require support settling back into the UK if you are an expat that has lived abroad the last 10 years of your life.”
Minority Rights Group International : Press releases : Iraq’s multi-ethnic future now at grave risk, says MRG
“In the wake of recent armed attacks by the Islamic State (IS) group in Nineveh, which have had a devastating effect on vulnerable religious minorities, Iraq’s multi-ethnic future is now at grave risk, warns Minority Rights Group International (MRG).
‘The latest events in Nineveh have now proved beyond doubt that the Iraqi government is incapable of protecting its minority communities, including Christians, Yezidi and Shabak,’ says Mark Lattimer, MRG’s Executive Director. ‘The process of expelling Iraq’s minorities from their homelands that began some ten years ago is now being completed,’ he added.”
No: New Zealand did not accept “world’s first climate refugees”
“Does this open the door to millions of people who might be displaced by climate change in the future?
In June, New Zealand granted residency to a family from the Pacific island state of Tuvalu.
Last week the Washington Post asked “Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun?”
I spoke to a number of experts who say the media headlines have misrepresented the case.”
Reforming the UK border and immigration system – National Audit Office (NAO)
“New service standards introduced by UK Visas and Immigration have given customers greater transparency regarding the time taken to complete different types of visa application. The Department has also prioritized clearing backlogs of cases, and made additional resource available to do so.
Progress in clearing the backlogs varies, however. UK Visas and Immigration has cleared all straightforward cases in the areas of temporary and permanent migration but, as at March 2014, the Department had around 301,000 open cases. These comprise some 85,000 which are in hand and remain within the timescales for reaching a decision in the temporary and permanent migration area; and other specific backlogs, most notably over 25,000 claims for asylum.”
The Age of Survival Migration | Inter Press Service
“While it is an unprecedented crisis, Gervais Appave, special policy adviser to the International Organisation for Migration’s director general, frames it “within a more general global trend”, which could be defined as “survival migration”.
Children travelling from the Horn of Africa to European countries, through Malta and Italy, or seeking to reach Australia by boat from Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka, are just two examples.”
Migration – Road to Paris – ICSU
“In May, Ioane Teitiota, from the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati, had his bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee rejected. But later this summer, New Zealand granted a Tuvalu family residency on humanitarian grounds that referred to climate change. Keen to avoid opening ‘floodgates’ (their term) to similar claims, the tribunal stressed this family’s connections to New Zealand. It appears headlines like ‘the era of climate refugees has begun’ are misleading, but it is a case to watch.
There’s a small thread of anti-immigration green politics, and environmental rhetoric gets used by anti-immigration groups (even climate sceptic ones) but the problem is usually larger than that. More broadly, the issue of immigration is a good example of how climate change can intersect with other political controversies. Climate change aggravates already heated immigration rhetoric; likewise, immigration can disrupt climate discussion.”
Moving up and moving on: Migration, climate change and community resilience | UN ESCAP
“Titi wants better for his family. At the age of 13 he moved from an outer island to South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, to accompany his older sister who had found employment with the Government. Titi’s family moved with him in the hope of better opportunities for the family, however, like many small islanders, Titi never found formal employment which would allow him to create a secure environment for his family.
Already in a difficult situation due to a lack of economic opportunities, his family also feels the pressures of climate change as rising water levels reclaim and diminish useable space on the island. Without the resources to move off his sister’s property, Titi, his wife and his four children constructed a small one-room home (about five metres by five metres in size) where the land meets the ocean. During King tides, the waves roll in and out of his home, and with United Nations predictions that global sea levels will rise up to 82 cm by 2100 (mean figure) that situation seems unlikely to improve.”
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“The populations of small tropical islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Over the past decade, a number of media outlets and organizations have presented various figures showing that rising sea levels or changing weather conditions will force millions of people in low-lying areas and small island states to migrate.
Research Associate Himani Upadhyay of The Energy and Resources Institute in India is sceptical of such calculations.
“There are so many figures circulating which speculate [on] the number of future climate refugees, without giving due attention to understanding the term climate refugee,” says Upadhyay.”
Humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors | Projects | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
“This project aims to better understand how aid agencies engage with armed non-state actors (ANSAs), and how humanitarian engagement ultimately affects access to protection and assistance for vulnerable populations. It will seek to examine various issues and country case studies that illuminate this engagement in difficult political and security environments. This includes what lessons can be learned from experiences of negotiations and dialogue with ANSAs to ensure that vulnerable populations are better able to access assistance and protection. It will also explore the risks inherent to this engagement, including the moral dilemmas that often arise and the compromises that agencies make in order to gain access.”