Last year 25,282 people were detained for being immigrants, almost twice as many as the year before. Last week, human rights campaigners and organisations in Manchester came together for a day of action against government plans to deport migrants to Rwanda, and shared an alternative vision of hope and solidarity.
Manchester ‘collective solidarity’ protest demands end of hostile environment and harassment of refugees and asylum seekers
Human rights campaigners in Manchester are protesting the re-opening of Immigration Registration Centres which had been closed due to Covid-19, and have joined a nationwide call for Leave To Remain to be granted to all undocumented migrant people.
Letter: We stand with Jeremy Corbyn – just as he always stood with us
Organisations and individuals including Kehinde Andrews, Hanif Kureishi, Ahdaf Soueif, Gillian Slovo, Robert Del Naja and Anish Kapoor urge BAME and migrant communities to vote for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. Guest article from Red Pepper. As BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) representatives, organisations, anti-racist activists and individuals involved in local, national, and international campaigns, […]
Proposed Order will ‘create a hostile environment for homeless people’ in Manchester city centre says open letter to the council
Manchester City Council will meet tomorrow to discuss the introduction of a controversial Public Space Protection Order. Fifty eight signatories to an open letter are calling on the council to oppose the proposal, which they claim will be severely detrimental to homeless people within the city centre. An open letter addressed to Manchester City Council […]
Manchester Windrush project will document ‘hostile environment’ abuse
The “hostile environment” immigration policy of the Home Office has blighted the lives of many people it has affected. The Windrush Wonders Oral History Project aims to raise public awareness of these stories of abuse by recording and publishing them. A project launched last Thursday in Moss Side will record the effects of the Home […]
What should Labour’s immigration policy look like?
What should Labour’s immigration policy look like? Manchester Momentum are hosting an event in Manchester tomorrow evening to interrogate this question. New Labour’s record on immigration is poor. Following Tony Blair’s election in 1997, the Home Office introduced increasingly restrictive policies towards immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Deterrence underpinned a tightening up of the asylum […]
The UK Border Regime: the ‘hostile environment’ dissected
Like many other UK citizens, I owe my existence in this country to family members who migrated here. My father and his family sailed here from India in 1948, escaping the horrors of partition, to settle in Farnworth. My maternal grandmother migrated from Ireland to Salford, seeking to escape the grinding poverty she grew up […]
I experienced the Home Office ‘hostile environment’ – I’m still here because I am white
I was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1961. My mum was English, a nurse, who went to work in Newfoundland in 1954. It was there she met Dad, who is Canadian. They married in 1960, I was born the following year. In 1963, we came back to the UK, and settled down in Middleton, where […]