Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017
Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.
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Action is urgently needed to help destitute migrants
Many migrants in Britain who find themselves with no support or ability to return home face destitution; they are not allowed to work, have no access to benefits and in only a few cases get emergency help. Many of them have a case to stay in the UK but cannot quickly prove it. All are vulnerable to exploitation or otherwise at risk.
All reports from frontline agencies indicate that the problem is growing much faster than their ability to respond. While many of the issues discussed here apply to migrants from within the European Union, the needs of migrants from outside the EU (more precisely the EEA – European Economic Area) are particularly acute because they usually have more complex immigration issues and cannot readily return home. Providing accommodation and support for them is a huge challenge because of rules about ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF). The report focuses on this group. Continue reading JRF: How to improve support and services for destitute migrants
I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. And in that also I saw the infinite love of God*; and I had great openings
George Fox, Journal for 1647
There’s more than dark enough to drown us all,
pulls with strong currents though it’s overflown.
Mostly, I drift; but sometimes catch the tide
and swept up, thrown between the waves of light
we splutter kingdomwards, make landfall, stumble
bedraggled and squint-eyed, a few steps on.
Testimony: Quakerism and Theological Ethics By Rachel Muers
23.11: We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government, nor are we for this party nor against the other … but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God*, and with one another, that these things may abound.
Edward Burrough, 1659
* My word would be ‘Love’.
Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – QARN: response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention Report released 3 March 2015
‘We detain a lot of people, some for a very long time, all with huge uncertainty, and we have very limited processes for individuals to challenge that detention’.
‘Crucially, this panel believes that little will change by tinkering with the pastoral care or improving the facilities. We believe the problems that beset our immigration detention estate occur quite simply because we detain far too many people unnecessarily and for far too long. The current system is expensive, ineffective and unjust.’ Continue reading QARN response to the APPI into immigration detention
Destitution and indefinite detention of people in the asylum system – see reports and articles here: http://qarn.org.uk
Quaker statement on indefinite immigration detention
[The QARN statement (see below) has now been adapted by Quakers in Britain and may be used in correspondence with press and local MPs: http://www.quaker.org.uk/news/quaker-statement-immigration-detention] Continue reading Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – QARN
http://www.quaker.org.uk/bym War and peace, turning weapons into ploughshares.
I was mindful of the violence being carried out in Syria, the 100 or so people who are still dying every day; the West’s persistence on dividing and so weakening the Kurds which has finally succeeded; the West’s promotion of the Syrian National Coalition which calls for weapons … those who are credibly and adamantly promoting a non-violence resolution to regime change have little voice in the midst of this mess.
Haytham Manna should have everyone’s ear … http://supportkurds.org/reports/speech-of-haytham-manna-14-september-2013-in-paris
Some of the people at Quakers are amazing