Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU’s push to increase forced removals

21 August 2020 — Statewatch

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Deportation Union provides a critical examination of recently-introduced and forthcoming EU measures designed to increase the number of deportations carried out by national authorities and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. It focuses on three key areas: attempts to reduce or eliminate rights and protections in the law governing deportations; the expansion and interconnection of EU databases and information systems; and the increased budget, powers and personnel awarded to Frontex.

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Moral panic over refugees in the English Channel is the ugly face of Brexit

12 August 2020 — Medium

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Imagine the courage and fortitude, borne of desperation, it requires to embark on a do or die attempt to cross the sea in a dinghy from a land where you’ve already been met with the fist of fury rather than the hand of friendship, to another land where more hostility and rage awaits your arrival.

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UK Immigration: We sued the govt and won (again!)

4 August 2020 — Foxglove

Wonderful news – our legal challenge has forced the government to abandon its racist visa algorithm.

Lawyers from the Home Office wrote to us yesterday afternoon. The Home Secretary Priti Patel has agreed to scrap the visa streaming algorithm from this Friday – and pledged a full review of the system, including for issues of ‘unconscious bias’ and discrimination.

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Fair Immigration: Dignity. Justice. Welcome. Action

4 August 2020  — FIRM

Fair Immigration Reform Movement – FIRM

Unlocking the Hostile Environment – What Next?

Covid-19, it turns out, is not the great equaliser. The pandemic and lockdown, together, have exposed the different social realities experienced by those on either side of the race and class divide. One differential is that between citizens and those who crossed borders. Within weeks of the pandemic BAME essential workers started dying in disproportionately higher numbers than white counterparts. The government dragged its feet in acknowledging the problem, and commissioning a review,  then refused to publish its findings about structural inequalities that contributed to these deaths. [read more]

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Statewatch News Online: 21 May 2020: New analysis: reinforcement of Frontex runs into legal problems

21 May 2020 — Statewatch

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New analysis: reinforcement of Frontex runs into legal problems

An internal Frontex report published today by Statewatch highlights a series of issues in implementing the agency’s new legislation, including uncertain legal terminology and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The debts of undocumented Vietnamese migrants in Europe

28 November 2019 — Open Democracy

Debt and trafficking were used to explain why 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a lorry in Essex, but whom did the migrants owe?

Nicolas Lainez

Phong, 27, is an undocumented Vietnamese migrant working eleven hours a day, six days a week at a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris for €1,550 a month. He lives a minimal existence. Every penny Phong can spare goes to repaying the €15,000 debt he incurred while travelling from Nghe An in central Vietnam to France. The smuggler had charged him €4,000 up front, which was enough to get him to Moscow on a tourist visa. The trip to Poland cost a further €6,000: €2,000 for the arrangements to leave and €4,000 for arriving safely. A final €5,000 was due once he arrived in France.

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