Many non-EU family members of UK citizens in Ireland have received a “worrying” letter from Irish authorities warning their right to reside would end in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
This year's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France during WW2 has shone a light in France on the country's forgotten troops: those from its African colonies. In this article, Luke Butterly discusses the atrocities committed by France against its black and Arab soldiers, and their decades long struggle for recognition.
Pia Klemp, the search-and-rescue captain who saved migrants in the Mediterranean and is being prosecuted by Italian courts, has refused a medal from Paris Mayor Anne Hildago due to the treatment of migrants in the French capital.
Following on from the success of France's gilets jaunes, or yellow vest movement, a new protest group aimed at seeking justice for undocumented migrants is emerging.
The use of counter-terror laws by police has been a cause of concern for civil rights groups for many years. But against the backdrop of Brexit there are fears that these powers are being used to circumvent restrictions on conducting immigration controls.
UK legislation (The Immigration Act 1971) prevents routine immigration controls on journeys in the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Ireland and the UK.
“[T]he full picture of poverty in the United Kingdom, much of it the direct result of government policies… is obvious to anyone who opens their eyes. There has been a shocking increase in the number of food banks and major increases in homelessness and rough sleeping; a growing number of homeless families…” – Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on poverty in the UK (22 May 2019)
We meet some of the activists who have been inspired by the persistence and hope of the Gilets Jaunes.
With France marking six months of ‘yellow vest’ rallies and civil unrest, a new movement is making itself heard. The Gilets Noirs, the largest collective of undocumented migrants in France, have been conducting a series of high profile actions, most notably the recent protests at Charles De Gaulle airport calling for an end to deportation flights. In this article, Luke Butterly reports on the movement.
There has been a resistance to Brexit causing 'hard borders' around Northern Ireland. But, as Luke Butterly argues, the reality for those who do not meet the criteria of 'Irishness' or 'Britishness' is that there has been a hard border on the island for many years.
When refugees and other migrants reach UK shores their struggle isn’t over, they encounter a ‘hostile environment’ that seeks to penalise and alienate them. In this blog, Luke Butterly highlights the importance of solidarity with those up against the hostile environment, both to ease their burden and to tear down the systems that create those burdens.
Leading Northern Irish politicians, human rights groups, academics, journalists and activists have expressed their “deep concern and disagreement” with Monday’s ruling against fifteen human rights activists who “acted to stop a brutal, secretive and barely legal deportation flight” at Stansted airport.
In communities across the UK, around 80,000 people with pending asylum and immigration claims have to ‘report’ with the Home Office. This happens at regular intervals – weekly, fortnightly, monthly – and can often be logistically complicated, expensive, and disruptive.