Nov 20 2017 1:00PM
How the government profiteers from children needing to register as British citizens
How can someone born in this country, having lived here all her life, find herself threatened with removal by the government to somewhere she doesn’t know and has never been? How can this happen when she's entitled, by the law, to citi...
Aug 3 2017 5:51PM
Catastrophe for refugees and migrants once again beckons in the Central Mediterranean
As the Italian Government makes the cruel decision to send warships to assist the coastguard in returning people to Libya, we need to demand that EU leaders instead make saving lives the priority.
Feb 22 2017 10:28PM
Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s claim about child refugees could not be further from the truth
This blog was first published on inews.co.uk on 11 February 2017. When the Home Secretary announced this week that the government would end its scheme to bring lone child refugees already in Europe to the UK, she claimed it had to clos...
Jan 18 2017 4:06PM
Time to stand against hate and division on both sides of the Atlantic
On 20 January 2017, Donald J Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. Even before becoming president-elect, his rhetoric on immigration – and the encouragement this has given to extremists advoca...
Nov 1 2016 1:50PM
Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world
Over recent days, the relationship between the French and UK governments has been strained by renewed disagreement over who should take responsibility for children at Calais. The two governments have once more effectively abandoned the...
Oct 19 2016 6:04PM
Dental checks for child refugees: inappropriate, unethical and unreliable
Children who have fled from conflict zones and brutal regimes are finally being reunited with family in the UK. This should be a cause for celebration. Many have been living in squalor at risk from traffickers and abusers for months, n...
Sep 19 2016 6:04PM
Theresa May’s message to the UN: Still shirking not sharing
Our Prime Minister has just addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, and her central message is a bold attempt to permit her to take less responsibility. The world is in the grip of a global refugee crisis; and i...
Aug 19 2016 5:06PM
Mo Farah’s double double: Bringing us all closer together
Mo Farah arguably just became the UK’s greatest ever Olympian. When he led the field across the line on Sunday, he completed a sensational back-to-back double – winning both 5,000 and 10,000 metre golds at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Of...
Aug 4 2016 5:35PM
Child detention: the powers that the Home Office won't let go
Written by Steve Symonds, Amnesty UK's Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director The power to detain is a long-standing Home Office obsession. For several years, the number of people detained has increased even as the proportion of...
Jul 11 2016 5:57PM
People who've made the UK their home need and deserve certainty
The Brexit referendum decision is now the cause of considerable fear and uncertainty among the many European citizens and their families living in the United Kingdom. The reported rise in hate crimes compounds the uncertainty on which...
May 9 2016 4:47PM
As Europe continues to shirk responsibility, Kenya threatens to quit hosting refugees
On Friday, the Kenyan government announced it intends to close its refugee camps. These camps host over 600,000 refugees – mostly in Kakuma and Dadaab, the latter being the world’s largest refugee camp. The announcement will bring much...
Feb 9 2016 12:44PM
Charity, solidarity and heroism in Calais and Dunkirk – but UK government's response still dismal
Late on Thursday last week I was on the Eurostar heading back to London – to home, family and friends. I was tired, cold and hungry. And – so my partner tells me – a little bit smelly. I had spent the previous two days trudging through...
Jan 29 2016 11:50AM
The importance of family at this time of crisis
A few weeks ago, David Cameron delivered his Christmas message to the nation. He said: 'If there is one thing people want at Christmas, it’s the security of having the family around them and a home that is safe.' While the Christmas re...
Jan 27 2016 6:10PM
Denmark: We’ll take your valuables but not your family
Denmark has just passed asylum laws to give authorities the power to search refugees and migrants, and take their cash and valuables. Under this mean-spirited new law, the Danish police will be able to search asylum seekers and seize w...
Oct 16 2015 3:47PM
If Hungary closes its Croatia border, where will all the apples go?
Update: Shortly after this blog was written, Hungary did announce its intention to seal off its border with Croatia at midnight on Friday 16 October. Our researchers will be following developments closely to see if that is indeed what...
Sep 15 2015 4:05PM
Refugee crisis: Time for the UK government to stop ignoring reality
On Sunday, Justice Secretary Michael Gove said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show: “We cannot shut ourselves off from what happens globally.” But this is precisely what the government has been doing over the global refugee crisis. At yester...
Aug 21 2015 11:18AM
A deal in Calais, but the UK must do more
Europe’s refugee ‘crisis’ continues to dominate headlines. This week, EU external border agency Frontex reported a record number of 107,500 people had arrived at Europe's borders irregularly – that is without permission and via unmanag...
Aug 11 2015 10:59AM
Philip Hammond's scare-mongering remarks on Calais are ill-informed and dangerous
Philip Hammond's recent remarks on the situation at Calais are reckless and they are shameful, but sadly they're also all too familiar. Once again, a senior minister is cranking up the rhetoric and stoking up anxiety, careless - or ign...
Aug 4 2015 3:36PM
Calais migrants: the dangerous link between rhetoric and policy
The situation at Calais is far from new. Calais has long been a place to which refugees and other migrants have come in the hope of getting to the UK. In 2002, it was mostly Iraqis and Afghans. Now there appears to be a wider range of...
Jun 18 2015 5:44PM
The worst refugee crisis of our time
This week, Amnesty supporters and thousands of people across the UK are celebrating Refugee Week , recognising the contribution to our country made by refugees – not only the more well-known faces – but also the many friends, neighbour...
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