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New Research Paper: The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration

Please, find in following link this paper:

‘The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration’
by Sara Palacios Arapiles.

Link to Paper:  http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/6097/

This research paper aims at documenting the true situation in Eritrea,
in order to refute the credibility of the content and of some of the
sources of the new Guidance on Eritrea issued by the UK Home Office
(HO); and of the related policies that are being implemented in some
other countries, such as Israel. The HO country of origin Guidance
surprisingly claims that there are alleged signs of improvement inside
Eritrea for potential returnees. It is argued in this paper that the
reasons for this are entirely politically influenced, with the purpose
of preventing migration. The paper then brings to light the current
circumstances in the country – supported inter alia by the testimonies
gathered by the author, and the new findings of the UN Commission of
Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea- that would make the forcible return
of the Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees unlawful.

 

UK Migration Statistics Quarterly Report

From the Migration Statistics User Forum [MIGRATION-STATS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 29th August 2013, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/august-2013/index.html

The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

ONS have also published today estimates of the UK population by country of birth and nationality. This release includes a statistical report, to be read alongside the associated reference tables. It can be accessed from the following link:

http://ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/population-by-country-of-birth-and-nationality/2012/index.html

ONS have also published the Local Area Migration Indicators Suite. This is an interactive product bringing together different migration related data sources to allow users to compare indicators of migration at local authority level. It can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-indicators-suite/august-2013/index.html

We would welcome any comments on any of our products. Please contact migstatsunit@ons.gov.uk with any comments.

 

Publication of UK Home Office Immigration Statistics

User Guide to Home Office Immigration Statistics.
Produced by the UK Home Office and last updated: 29 August 2013
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Further information circulated by the Home Office’s Immigration Statistics release via: MigrationStatsEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Home Office’s Immigration Statistics April – June 2013 release, published today, provides the latest figures on those subject to immigration control. It is available for download at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2013

A ‘short statistical article’ is also published alongside this release that provides detailed additional information on extensions of stay by previous immigration category. This is available for download at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/extensions-of-stay-by-previous-category

The aim of such short statistical articles is to provide ad-hoc additional analysis to assist users of migration data in understanding our figures but is not integral to the quarterly release.

The Migration Statistics Quarterly Report has also been published by the ONS at:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/august-2013/index.html

as well as the DWP statistical bulletin on National Insurance Number Allocations to Adult Overseas nationals:

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/series/national-insurance-number-allocations-to-adult-overseas-nationals-entering-the-uk

Migration Statistics – Home Office Statistics.

Re-blog: Home Affairs Select Committee: Immigration casework backlog hits half million | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

The Home Affairs Select Comiittee published its latest report on the management of immigration control by the Home Office yesterday.

It’s headline findings are:

The Borders Agency continues to be plagued by backlogs: Since its last report a further backlog of 190,000 cases in the temporary and permanent migration pool that were never revealed to the Committee before. The total figure for the number of cases in the backlog has reached over half a million (502,462).

The recent exercise in rebranding the Border Agency is an insufficient measure: Ministers need to explain how the long-standing problems of immigration controol will not contine in the new structure. A shift in culture the new organisational structure and management must be complemented by the ability for a wholesale restructuring of the employees of the organisation. The newly appointed Directors General must have the ability and resources necessary to implement this change. The Home Office should outline exactly how they propose to bring about this change in culture.

The immigration system will ‘never be fixed’: Border Agency acting director Sarah Rapson had stated to the committee that she thought the Immigration Service would never be fixed. This is surprising coming from the person appointed to fix the system.

The Chair of the Committee, he Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP commented on the launch of the report:

“The backlog of cases has now hit a staggering half a million people. This could fill Wembley Stadium to capacity six times over. It has risen by 56% in just three months. At the current rate it will take 37 years to clear and the Home Office cannot confirm that this is the last of the backlogs.

Theresa May described the UK Border Agency as ‘closed, secretive and defensive’, however, despite abolition nothing appears to have changed apart from the name. If people at the top are not replaced this will only be an exercise in rebranding as has happened in previous reincarnations. There should be no more bonuses paid to any senior management at the Home Office until the backlogs are cleared.

In evidence the Committee were told the immigration service would never be fixed. This is astonishing since reducing immigration is a priority of this Government. What the immigration service needs desperately is stability, the resources necessary to clear the backlogs and a wholesale change in culture.”

Click HERE to access the full report.

Original article via Home Affairs Select Committee: Immigration casework backlog hits half million | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Latest Migration Statistics Published and Associated Media Links

Both the UK Home Office and the UK Office for National Statistics have published new statistical publications today.

Home Office Publications
(Source: Home Office Science and the Migration Statistics listserv).

The following have been posted by Home Office Science:

For enquiries about the contents of publications or the research and statistics produced by HOS, please contact public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Home Office’s Immigration Statistics October – December 2012 release, has been published today, it provides the latest figures on those subject to immigration control.  A notable change introduced with this release is that our entry clearance visa applications, resolutions, issues and refusals back to 2005 have been provided on a quarterly, rather than annual, basis in new tables be.01.q (by category) and be.02.q (by nationality) as well as new quarterly data by category by nationality in tables be.06.q.w to be.06.q.o.

This edition also contains a short article about ‘Foreign National Offenders in detention and leaving detention’ (see http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/foreign-national-offenders-13), this article sets out differences in detention periods between offenders and other detainees held in UKBA detention. This ‘short article’ is intended as additional analysis of our data to assist users in understanding the figures. We plan in future to publish further articles on a range of topics to assist users to better interpret immigration statistics.

ONS Publications

(Source:  Office for National Statistics and the Migration Statistics listserv).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 28th February 2013, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/february-2013/index.html

The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published quarterly by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

ONS have also released a report looking at the quality and reliability of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) in relation to producing estimates of long-term migration flows. The report was originally released in November 2012, but now contains some updated information. It can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/specific/population-and-migration/international-migration-methodology/international-passenger-survey-quality-information-in-relation-to-migration-flows.pdf

We would welcome any comments on any of our products. Please contact migstatsunit@ons.gov.uk with any comments.

Associated Media Links

UK Home Office – Net migration continues to fall

The Guardian – Net migration to UK drops to 163,000

The Independent – Net immigration into Britain falls ‘significantly’

The Daily Telegraph – Net migration falls by a third

The Daily Telegraph – Fall in overseas students driving down net migration

BBC News – UK net migration falls by a third

The Huffington Post – Net Migration

The Daily Express – Winning the battle on immigration: Number of migrants staying in UK falls by a third

The Mail Online – The broken pledges of immigration: Coalition promised to cut net migration to under 100,000. Yesterday, it hit 252,000

Update: UKBA Press Release on the 3rd edition of the New Life in the UK handbook

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a press release entitled. `New Life in the UK handbook published today’ which provides further information on the launch of the new third edition of the Life in the UK handbook.  Further details are as follows:

New Life in the UK handbook published today

 28 January 2013
Life in the UK handbook

Life in the UK handbook

An updated Life in the UK test handbook is now available to buy.

The new handbook supports the UK Border Agency’s Life in the UK test for migrants wishing to seek permanent residence in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.

It has been updated to provide the reader with a more accurate reflection of living in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history. The handbook is user-friendly and has taken on board feedback from the user evaluation survey, the public and other interested parties.

The handbook celebrates British achievements and prominent individuals in the fields of science, culture, literature and sport. It also highlights the natural beauty and major landmarks of the UK. There is information on government, democracy, the legal system and how individuals can contribute to their community, plus a greater emphasis on the responsibilities as well as privileges of living in the UK.

It will fit easily into a pocket or bag and includes useful ‘check that you understand’ boxes at the end of every section, and a glossary of key words and phrases.

A new Life in the UK test will be introduced on 25 March 2013, 8 weeks after publication of the new handbook, to allow candidates time to prepare. Unlike the current test which only has questions on selected chapters, the new test will include questions on all sections of the new handbook, meaning that candidates will be tested on their knowledge of history and the law. The booking system will make it clear to candidates whether they are booking the new or old test.

[Link to Press Release]

 

New Publications from Human Rights Watch; UK Home Office; and the UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee

 

Hate on the Streets

Hate on the Streets

Hate on the Streets:Xenophobic Violence in Greece.
By Human Rights Watch.

The 99-page report documents the failure of the police and the judiciary to prevent and punish rising attacks on migrants. Despite clear patterns to the violence and evidence that it is increasing, the police have failed to respond effectively to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account, Human Rights Watch found. Authorities have yet to develop a preventive policing strategy, while victims are discouraged from filing official complaints. No one has been convicted under Greece’s 2008 hate crime statute.

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Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

 

Iraq’s Information Crimes Law

Iraq’s Information Crimes Law

Iraq’s Information Crimes Law:  Badly Written Provisions and Draconian Punishments Violate Due Process and Free Speech.
By Human Rights Watch.

This report analyzes Iraq’s new draft law on information technology crimes. It finds that the draft law is part of a broad effort by authorities to suppress peaceful dissent by criminalizing legitimate information sharing and networking activities.

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Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

 

Tightening the Grip

Tightening the Grip

Tightening the Grip:  Concentration and Abuse of Power in Chávez’s Venezuela.
By Human Rights Watch.

This report documents how the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society.

Human Rights Watch’s last major report on Venezuela, released in September 2008, documented how democratic institutions and human rights guarantees had suffered during the first decade of Chávez’s presidency. Since then, the human rights situation in the country has become even more precarious.

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Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

 

Boat Ride to Detention

Boat Ride to Detention

Boat Ride to Detention: Adult and Child Migrants in Malta
By Human Rights Watch.

This report details treatment of migrants, typically from sub-Saharan Africa, who arrive in Malta after treacherous boat journeys across the Mediterranean, in unseaworthy boats, without enough food, water, or fuel. Upon arrival in Malta, virtually all irregular migrants are detained – and the conditions in detention can exacerbate the trauma of the journey. The July 2012 death of Mamadou Kamara, a 32-year-old Malian migrant who was found dead inside a Maltese Detention Services van, has increased concern over the country’s treatment of migrants.

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Read the Press Release – here.
See Also – HRW Report on Malta’s Migrant Detention Policy: “Boat Ride to Detention” by the Migrants At Sea blog.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

 

Torture in the Name of Treatment

Torture in the Name of Treatment

Torture in the Name of Treatment :  Human Rights Abuses in Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Lao PDR.
By Human Rights Watch.

More than 350,000 people identified as drug users are held in compulsory drug “treatment” centers in China and Southeast Asia. Detainees are held without due process for periods of months or years and may be subjected to physical and sexual abuse, torture, and forced labor. International donors and UN agencies have supported and funded drug detention centers, while centers have systematically denied detainees access to evidence-based drug dependency treatment and HIV prevention services. “Torture in the Name of Treatment,” summarizes Human Rights Watch’s findings over five years of research in China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Lao PDR.

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Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

Tier 4 Student credibility Pilot Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data.
Home Office Occasional Paper 104.
By Paul Hill, Home Office Science: Migration and Border Analysis.
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(Source: Home Office).

British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: Second Report of Session 2012–13: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
Written and Published by the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

From the press release:

Mr Richard Ottaway said:”Eighteen months since the Arab Spring began, there has been extraordinary progress in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Yet many challenges still lie ahead, not least the need to support and reform the economies of these Arab Spring states. In 2011, the G8 Deauville Partnership identified $38 billion of funding available to support reform. The UK must use its leadership in the EU and G8, particularly once it takes over the G8 presidency in 2013, to ensure that we deliver on our promises.”

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(Source: British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring‘).