At 1.30pm today, Grace Phiri, a trustee of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network will ask the 99 councillors of Leeds City Council to take action to prevent destitution among asylum seekers in Leeds.
Grace will speak of the struggles of surviving on little over £5 per day and of the even more devastating affects for those in destitution with absolutely nothing to live on.
A recent Children’s Society report highlighted the alarming levels of destitution among refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people, including many in Leeds.
Ten charities in Leeds are therefore calling on the council to write to Home Secretary about the impact of destitution, to support the recommendations of the Children’s Society report and endorse the aims of the Still Human Still Here, a coalition of 59 charities seeking to end destitution.
The papers say Britain is under siege from asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers are blamed for higher taxes, crime, rising
house prices, hospital waiting lists, cheap labour, terrorism and AIDS. Mainstream politicians either agree or refuse to challenge these stories. There are two possible reasons for this press campaign. Only one of them can be true. The ﬁrst is that fake refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe really are responsible for most of Britain’s problems. Many people believe asylum seekers are one of our society’s biggest problems. No wonder. The scare stories printed every day in the Sun, Express, Star and Mail are hardly ever challenged in the press or in parliament. That’s why we’ve set out some facts that might make you see things diﬀerently. We think they show that asylum seekers are not causing these problems, but that asylum seekers are being used as scapegoats.Asylum seekers are blamed for higher taxes, crime, rising house prices, hospital waiting lists, cheap labour,
It’s the oldest trick in the book. Blame the other fella. Divide and rule. We
produced this leaﬂet because we’re fed up too. Fed up with services that get worse instead of better Fed up with council tax hikes and impossible house prices. Fed up with schools and hospitals being run down and sold oﬀ piecemeal. Fed up with low pay and crime.
Above all, we’re fed up being lied to about why this is happening.
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Royal College of GPs – “all vulnerable migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, have the right to be fully registered with a NHS general practice.” It also noted that GPs “have the discretion to register refused asylum seekers, to the same extent that they have this discretion to registering any patient, irrespective of residency status – unless the list is full or the person resides outside the practice boundary.”
We’re looking to enhance our charity trustee board by co-opting someone experienced in PR/marketing to support and advise on our press/media work. Commitment required: bi-monthly meetings, annual strategy days and providing additional one-to-one support to staff/volunteers.
We have a good relationship together – and I probably gain as much out of the friendship as he does – maybe more! Thanks for making the link, and thank you LASSN for giving me such a rewarding activity in retirement.
A bill proposing that gay and lesbian Ugandans be executed is coming back to Uganda’s Parliament – it could pass at any
moment. Worse yet, rumours are suggesting that the bill has been changed in committee and we may not have a chance to see it before it is rushed through.
President Museveni once promised that he would not sign this bill into law. With pressure mounting on him to support the bill, only a massive global outcry – along with our friends in Uganda – will make him keep his promise.
“When assessed as a whole, the evidence of discriminatory, sensational or unbalanced reporting in relation to ethnic minorities, immigrants and/or asylum seekers, is concerning.”
“[The conclusion that] Muslims, migrants, asylum seekers and gypsies/travellers … targets of press hostility and/or xenophobia in the press, was supported by the evidence seen by the Inquiry.”
“…some newspapers expressed a consistently clear view on the harm caused by migrants and/or asylum seekers (often conflating the two) and ensured that any coverage of the issue fit within that narrative.”
“It is important to reiterate that the evidence was not all bad: there were many examples of titles with responsible and positive reporting on these issues, and even within the section of the press identified for criticism, there was evidence showing a complicated picture.”
For many years LASSN has produced a Directory of Services in Leeds for Asylum Seekers and refugees – see Directory
We’d like to turn the directory into an online resource. Having updated our website to use WordPres we now have the capabilities we need. The problem is that we need someone with the know-how to transform the directory from the old paper/Access Database version into a searchable/printable online directory.
If you can help with this then please get in touch.
Tom Vickers, Senior Research Assistant at Northumbria University, will speak about his new book, ‘Refugees, Capitalism and the British State: Implications for social workers, volunteers and activists’ (Ashgate: 2012).
Peter Richardson, Director of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN) will give a brief overview of the situation in Leeds.
The focus of Tom’s book is twofold: to analyse the material basis of refugees’ oppression in the imperialist character of modern British capitalism; and to examine the means by which the British state has ‘managed’ this oppression through the cultivation of a ‘refugee relations industry’. The author addresses these questions using a Marxist analysis, drawing on original research in Newcastle upon Tyne. Regular updates and commentary by the author can be found at http://www.facebook.com/RefugeesCapitalismState
Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association On this page you will find the most recent Update and most recent Information Sheets provided by ILPA’s Information Service. The Service provides information of interest in immigration, asylum and nationality law, policy and practice, and is designed for non-lawyers (although many lawyers also use the information). Updates set out on one page a very short note of recent developments. Information Sheets set out on two pages some more detailed information on a specific issue.