piles of coins

Back in 2017, the Unity Centre in Glasgow highlighted the risks faced by people receiving asylum (financial) support who had been issued with Aspen cards, which replaced the old system of using your Asylum Registration Card (ARC card) to collect cash from a Post Office.

It’s now clear that this is not just a possibility, but something that is happening in practice.

This episode of #TyskySour, hosted by Novara Media, is well worth a watch (or listen – it also comes as a podcast) for those thinking and talking about what a left-wing government’s immigration policy might look like. Featuring Dalia Gebrial, a PhD student at LSE and editor at Novara Media, and Omar Khan, of the Runnymede Trust.

With the operation of borders inevitably leading to racialised violence, how can we best argue for open borders? What policies might be brought in to reach that point?

When refugees and other migrants reach UK shores their struggle isn’t over, they encounter a ‘hostile environment’ that seeks to penalise and alienate them. When groups, like the Stansted 15, fight the injustices imposed by the UK Home Office they are prosecuted under terrorism offences. But solidarity can be a powerful tool.

Just released: a must-watch short film about the actions and trial of the Stansted 15, the Home Office’s brutal treatment of people, and the incredible support these peaceful protesters have received.

In 2015, the government introduced an “immigration health surcharge” (IHS) as part of some applications for leave to enter/remain in the UK.

In January, the surcharge amount doubled.

If you have evidence you wish to submit to the Home Office to consider as a fresh claim after you are “appeal rights exhausted”, in most cases you need to make an appointment to submit the evidence in person at the Further Submissions Unit in Liverpool.

preliminary questionnaire

The Home Office have begun issuing “preliminary information questionnaires” to some people who have recently claimed asylum – though it would seem not to everybody in that situation, yet.

We’ve had such great feedback about our asylum navigation board, developed with Dr Vicky Canning of Bristol University and designed and printed by Calverts Cooperative.

From the Windrush scandal to the ‘hostile environment’, to the hunger strikes in Yarl’s Wood and the Stansted 15 conviction – this year has witnessed new levels of oppression and resistance.

There is a new country guidance case on the situation of Kurds from Iran, called HB (Kurds) Iran CG [2018] UKUT 430 (IAC).