A report released last month by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, into “the Home Office’s approach to illegal working” provided an interesting window onto perceptions of the Home Office, and the lack of public support for enforcement operations.

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The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has announced that as part of his inspection of the UK’s asylum system, he is calling for evidence on the Home Office’s use of interpreters in the asylum process.

The deadline is 13 June.

As anyone attempting to make an online immigration application in recent weeks will know, the system is in a mess. A right royal mess.

In recent months, many applications have been made online only and the process has been outsourced to a company called Sopra Steria.

The Committee on Justice and Equality in the Irish parliament are inviting written submissions from stakeholders and interested parties on the issues of Ireland’s “direct provision” asylum system, and what can be done to address the many issues that exist within this system.

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) are asking groups in Britain and Northern Ireland if they would consider signing a statement which asks the Committee to bear in mind the 14 ‘Key principles for justice and dignity in the asylum process’ that MASI have put forward when considering what proposals to recommend to the government.

Last week, the Court of Appeal made a very important judgement on the Home Office’s policy on deciding the age of young people seeking asylum – also known as “age assessments”.

If your asylum, immigration or human rights application is refused by the Home Office, you may have the right to appeal.

Here’s a few things we thinks it’s useful for people to know if they’ve got an appeal hearing come up.

Observing appeal hearings is a strange, uncomfortable business. But It gives you a bit of distance that means you can think about procedures, timings, dynamics and how to communicate this information to people who need it, in a way that’s difficult if you’re personally involved.

Yesterday, Mount Pleasant Park Football Club staged a mini-football-game-protest outside Vulcan House, the Home Office building in Sheffield, against detention and deportation.

Are you supporting someone held in immigration detention, or want to know more about detention in the UK?

AVID (the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees) have released a new edition of their excellent handbook for visitors to those held in immigration detention.

At the start of May, we ran a workshop on the asylum process in Glasgow, and we were really happy to meet a couple of women representing Ubuntu Women’s Shelter.

Ubuntu are the first specialist service in the UK run and managed by people with lived experience of migration, asylum or destitution.