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                                                     News & Views - Monday 1st July to Sunday 7th July 2013

Fight Back Against Never Ending Anti-Foreign-National, Legislation

Yet another consultation as to how the Government can persecute 'Foreign Nationals' is underway. Organize your community group, faith group, trade union branch to respond to the consultation on the latest proposed 'Immigration bill'. If you are attending college/university, set up a group, involve your tutors, involve everyone!

Immigration Bill Consultation
The Minister for Immigration (Mr Mark Harper): The forthcoming Immigration Bill will make it more difficult for illegal migrants to live in the UK unlawfully and ensure that legal migrants make a fair contribution to our key public services. I am launching two consultations

   Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation
This consultation seeks views on the proposed requirement on landlords to conduct immigration checks on tenants.

   Migrant access to health services in the UK
A consultation on ensuring that migrants contribute fairly to the costs of their healthcare.

to set out some proposals on how we will achieve this. Copies are available in the Library of the House and on the Home Office website at:

Further proposals will be set out over the summer.

The first consultation is on proposals to better regulate migrant access to health services in the UK and will run for eight weeks. We are responding to public concern that the current rules regulating non-EEA migrant access to publicly funded health care services are both overly generous, particularly when compared with wider international practice, and poorly applied. These current weaknesses result in the UK taxpayer unfairly bearing the health care costs of temporary non-EEA migrants, who will not make the same financial contribution to our health care systems as permanent residents over their working lives in the UK, and short-term visitors and illegal migrants who access free health services when they should be subject to treatment charges.

This consultation will run in parallel to a separate Department of Health consultation which analyses the vulnerabilities of the current charging regime for overseas visitors in England, and sets out a range of proposals for reforming the system, including through improved registering and tracking of chargeable patients.

The second consultation launched today concerns proposals to prohibit illegal migrants from renting accommodation in the UK and will run for seven weeks. This forms part of the Government's wider drive to prevent illegal migration, including by removing the means by which migrants can live in the UK unlawfully. Our intention to take action in this area was signalled by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in his speech on immigration on 25 March, and the inclusion of related measures in the forthcoming Immigration Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech on 8 May.

The consultation seeks views on the creation of a duty to require landlords to conduct immigration status checks on tenants before providing residential accommodation, with financial penalties for those landlords who let property to illegal migrants having failed to conduct the necessary checks. The landlord checking proposal is modelled on the existing civil penalty scheme for employers of illegal migrant workers.
<>House of Commons / 3 July 2013 : Column 56WS

Fund for Peace - Failed States Index 2013

Index compiled/researched by 'Fund for Peace' - An independent, nonpartisan, non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security.

Though the index will show that some countries have moved down the index, this does not mean that conditions have got better; just that they have been replaced by countries with deteriorated conditions moving up the index.

Top ten worst countries in 2012: Somalia, DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Yemen, Afghanistan, Haiti, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe

Somalia remains the worlds worst county for Human Rights for the sixth year running.

DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, retained the same ratings for the second year running

Failed state:  A state having little or no governance, endemic corruption, profiteering by ruling elites, very poor Human Rights, the government cannot/will not protect the population from others or itself, massive internal conflict, forced internal/external displacement, institutionalised political exclusion of significant numbers of the population, progressive deterioration of welfare infrastructure (hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses) not adequate to meet health, needs, progressive economic decline of the country as a whole as measured by per capita income, debt, severe child mortality rates, poverty levels.

The Failed States Index ranks 178 countries using 12 social, economic, and political indicators of pressure on the state, along with over 100 sub-indicators. These include such issues as Uneven Development, State Legitimacy, Group Grievance, and Human Rights. Each indicator is rated on a scale of 1-10, based on the analysis of millions of publicly available documents, other quantitative data, and assessments by analysts. A high score indicates high pressure on the state, and therefore a higher risk of instability.

Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today's world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.

States have erupted into mass violence stemming from internal conflict. Some of these crises are ethnic conflicts. Some are civil wars. Others take on the form of revolutions. Many result in complex humanitarian emergencies. Though the dynamics may differ in each case, all of these conflicts stem from social, economic, and political pressures that have not been managed by professional, legitimate, and representative state institutions.

Fault lines emerge between identity groups, defined by language, religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, caste, clan or area of origin. Tensions can deteriorate into conflict through a variety of circumstances, such as competition over resources, predatory or fractured leadership, corruption, or unresolved group grievances. The reasons for state weakness and failure are complex but not unpredictable. It is critically important that the international community understand and closely monitor the conditions that create weak and failed states-and be prepared to take the necessary actions to deal with the underlying issues or otherwise mitigate the negative effects of state failure.

Failed States Index 2013 Interactive Grid

Inspection of a Family Escort and Removal to Ghana
Detainees Under Escort: This inspection relates to the removal on a scheduled flight to Ghana of a family of three detainees – an adult male and female and their seven-year-old daughter. We observed the removal from the Cedars pre-departure accommodation to disembarkation in Ghana which took about 14 hours, including a short period at Cayley House, an airside detention facility at Heathrow airport.

This removal was conducted professionally and efficiently, and the care given to the family was very good. The family did not want to return to Ghana and were apprehensive and upset, but fully compliant throughout. This was the first inspection of a scheduled flight and of a family removal, but some recommendations made during previous inspections of charter flight removals were applicable here.

There was still no accredited staff training for use of force in the confined space of an aircraft and some measures, such as light touch restraint and leaving the toilet door open, were unnecessary. Staff were mostly discreet, but it was inappropriate that the paramedic drew attention to the group by wearing a uniform. Reception arrangements in Ghana were dignified and well organised.

Inspectors made 13 recommendations. Overall this is a positive report. We will examine more of these removals in due course.
Nick Hardwick, Tuesday 2nd April 2013 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Early Day Motion 358: G4S & Palestinian Prisoners
That this House condemns G4S for providing services to Israeli prisons to which Palestinian prisoners are illegally transferred in serious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and also, in the case of child prisoners, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; further condemns G4S for being associated with treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including children, who are routinely subjected to violence and inhumane treatment at G4S-serviced prisons in Israel and Palestine; and urges the Government not to renew any contracts with G4S while it continues to support Israel in its breach of human rights, UN resolutions, international law and the Geneva Convention.
Primary sponsor: Russell, Bob - <> House of Commons: 04.07.2013

Charter Flight to Pakistan PVT120 @ 23:30 hrs Tues  9th July 2013

If you are in contact with any Pakistanis in detention due to be removed on this Charter flight and they/you want to campaign, please get back to 'No-Deportations'

Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - June 2013

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in June 2012, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch

Deteriorated Situations: Egypt, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), Somalia, Syria

Download the full report: <> Crisis Watch 119

Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC) COI Update Volume 60
This document provides an update of Country Guidance case law and UKBA publications and developments in refugee producing countries between 17/06/2013 and 01/07/2013. - Volume 60 <>  here . . .

Demonstration: Stop Theresa May Splitting Up Families

1st Anniversary of the Iniquitous Family Migration Rules

4:00 pm Tuesday 9th July
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

United By Love - Divided By Theresa May
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is an independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy.

We have actively opposed the Family Migration Rules that came into force last July, warning of the injustices these would cause and how they would keep families apart. See our <>United by Love Campaign One year on the plight of the British citizens is clearly obvious, husbands, wives and partners are separated, children are without one parent and British citizens are being forced to leave their homes and live in Europe as a way of returning back to the UK with their families.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration agrees and has published its <> Report. See also our <>  Briefing for the Westminster Hall debate on the issue.

We urgently need your Support: One the 9th of July at 4pm we are holding a Protest/ Rally outside the Home Office in Marsham St and a Public Meeting in Parliament jointly with Migrant Rights Network (MRN) and <> Brit Cits. The Government needs to listen to its citizens and it needs to amend these Rules. Please come and join us and lend your support.

Online Petition:
Don't Destroy UK Justice - Drop Your Legal Aid Proposals

Inquiries/Further information:

Online Petition: Don't Destroy UK Justice – Drop Your Legal Aid Proposals

Operational Guidance Note: North Korea (DPRK)
This document provides Home Office caseworkers with guidance on the nature and handling of the most common types of claims received from nationals/residents of North Korea, including whether claims are or are not likely to justify the granting of asylum, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave. Caseworkers must refer to the relevant Asylum Instructions for further details of the policy on these areas.
Published on Refworld, <> 01/07/13

Garden Court Chambers - Immigration Law Bulletin - Issue 331

UKBA Operational Guidance Note: Gambia
This document provides UK Border Agency (UKBA) caseworkers with guidance on the nature and handling of the most common types of claims received from nationals/residents of the Gambia, including whether claims are or are not likely to justify the granting of asylum, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave. Caseworkers must refer to the relevant Asylum Instructions for further details of the policy on these areas.
<> Published on Refworld, 27/06/13


Last updated 5 July, 2013