Monthly Archives: January 2016

Gay Syrian refugee finds acceptance in ‘respectful’ Canada

Remember, we defend refugees not because they are saints, but because they are human

Development and Human Rights

Take a random sample of a million British people, and you’re sure to come across some bad ones. Some rapists? Probably. Some sexists? Certainly. Among these million people are going to be fat people and thin people, tall people and short people, Left-wingers and right-wingers, Muslims, Christians, atheists, mothers, fathers, grandparents and everything in between. So it should come as little surprise to us that when Germany, at a time when everyone else was slamming doors and putting up fences, generously opened its borders to a million refugees, some of them turned out to be not very nice people. But according to right-wingers, this was a reality the Left had been willfully ignoring, an inconvenient truth disregarded because it didn’t suit our agenda. And they’d be right.

Take a look at any right-wing newspaper and you’re sure to find screaming headlines about foreigners who came to our land, stole our…

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New UK Immigration Rules: Will You be Affected?

Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 01/31/2016

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 01/30/2016

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 01/29/2016

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 01/28/2016

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The Kindertransport in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Archives

Kindertransport posterIn the nine months before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, thousands of Jewish children were brough to Britain from Germany under the Kindertransport (children’s transport) programme.

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On migration, it’s “Free market? What free market?”

Development and Human Rights

In the modern world, political leaders queue up to wax lyrical about the wonders of the free market. Free markets, David Cameron tells us, improve “human wealth and happiness”, “lift people out of poverty” and even “promote morality”. Well isn’t that fantastic! The neoliberal ideology espoused by Cameron promotes the free market as the path to human salvation, where human wellbeing rests on the simple, unadulterated function of movement, trade and capital. Just try telling that to the “bunch of migrants” trapped in a living hell in the refugee camps at Calais or Dunkirk. Because within the bizarre neoliberal ideology stands an increasingly tense and untenable contradiction; if free markets are the magic bullet for human success and prosperity, why are we increasingly cracking down on the free movement of people?

Reports from the likes of the European Union have noted the many benefits migration can bring to developing…

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Case Preview: Rahmatullah v MoD and FCO

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

Nabbed by British forces in Iraq – where he was seeking work – in 2004 only to be handed over to the Americans and rendered to Bagram Airbase, Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani national who grew up in the Gulf, was detained for a decade without charge until his release on 17 June 2014. He now lives in Quetta, once an idyllic colonial town that gained strategic importance during the Afghan war and thereafter quickly morphed into a hotbed of Islamic extremism. He is claiming damages in tort and under the Human Rights Act 1998 from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In Rahmatullah (Respondent) v Ministry of Defence and another (Appellants) UKSC 2015/0002, the issue for Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption is whether Rahmatullah’s claims in tort against the appellants in respect…

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Case Preview: Belhaj v Straw

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Belhaj and another (Respondents) v Straw and others (Appellants) UKSC 2014/0264 concerns allegations by a former opponent of Colonel Gaddafi and his wife that they were abducted and unlawfully taken to Libya in February 2004 and were both allegedly detained and tortured in that country. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, the first respondent, was detained until 23 March 2010 and alleges he was tortured and was sentenced to death following a flagrantly unfair trial. Fatima Boudchar, the second respondent, was released on 21 June 2004. The appellants – namely Jack Straw (ex-foreign secretary), Sir Mark Allen CMG (ex-director of Counter-Terrorism of the Secret Intelligence Service), the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service, the Attorney General, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office – have denied liability in their defences and the issues in this appeal have arisen by way of preliminary issues of law. There is an…

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