Immigration and asylum

“Hostile environment” for migrants

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:20 Author: Charlotte Zalens

A 61 year-old woman who was threatened with, deportation and detained in Yarls Wood detention centre despite having lived and worked in the UK for 50 years has won official leave to remain in the country.

Paulette Wilson came to the UK from Jamaica with her family when she was 10 years old. She has not visited Jamaica since then, and has no relatives there, but despite this was taken to Heathrow for deportation to Jamaica in October. Paulette has also been denied to benefits, health care or permission to work for two and a half years.

Why we need to stop Brexit

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 11:08
Stop Brexit

The resignation of the Blairite Lord Adonis from his position as adviser to the Tory government has shown the issue of Brexit, and whether or not to try and stop it, is not over in the Labour Party.

A new survey has suggested that allegedly 78% of Labour members want Brexit to be stopped or at least want a second referendum.

Stop this slave trade!

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 10:52 Author: Ralph Peters
Victory Imasuen

Recent reports about the Libyan slave trade adds further to the horror of what is going on in Libya and across the south Mediterranean region.

The Libyan slave trade has been known to be in operation for years. It accompanies the brutal exploitation of those fleeing poverty in Sudan, Chad and Nigeria. It is well illustrated by the story of Victor Imasuen, the young Nigerian interviewed by US broadcaster CNN on his return to Nigeria, a video that subsequently went viral.

LGSMigrants hold remembrance event for migrants

Submitted by Gemma_S on 16 November, 2017 - 2:05 Author: by Ian Townson
A person holding an orange wreath and candle

"Through immigration raids, detention and deportations, the government is trying to tear our communities apart. We must fight back together".

"As a society we desperately need to change the narrative on migration and, as LGBTQ people, we can start by challenging the notion that we should fear migrant communities and by resisting these attempts by right-wing nationalists to pinkwash their politics."
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants

On 11 November activists from LGSMigrants and others held a ″remembrance day″ for migrants.

Calais refugees: still there, still suffering Matthew Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:08

Since the late 1990s the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais have been a gathering place for migrants seeking a route into Britain.

Although a migrant make-shift campsite known as the Calais Jungle became well known in the last few years, there have been many camps established by migrants on plots of unused land.

Left debates at Young Labour

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 1:08

Around 200 delegates attended the 2017 Young Labour Policy Conference at Warwick University over the weekend of 15-15 October. In a marked change from previous years the mood of the conference was left-wing. The conference voted for free education, shrugging off the attempts of the much-reduced Blairite faction to garner support for their graduate tax policy. Likewise, the conference voted to leave NATO — a clear break from the foreign policy of recent years.

Germany: far right scoops social discontent

Submitted by martin on 3 October, 2017 - 10:49 Author: Stefan Schneider

The recent election night was a shock for many: [Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrat] CDU and the [Bavarian sister party of the CDU] CSU each had their worst result since 1949, the [Social Democrats of the SDP] got the worst result in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany; and [far-right] AfD, according to official estimates, came away with 12.6% of the vote and 94 representatives in the Bundestag.