Calais & the UK: A balanced, unified approach is necessary to save lives, respect dignity and manage migration (International Office of Migration 17th August 2015)
The recent government reaction to the events in Calais has focused on strengthening border control as a primary response. As many European states, including the UK, take this approach, the complex mixed migration flows and causes of human mobility have been lost in a politicised debate characterised by increased security and threats to deport irregular migrants. The reality of what is unfolding across the continent highlights the need for Europe to collaboratively manage the situation in a long-term and rights-based framework, with the initial steps outlined by the European Commission’s European Agenda on Migration as a welcome start to the process.
Report on an unannounced inspection of The Verve Immigration Removal Centre (HM Inspector of Prisons, August 2015).
This report takes a thorough look at the conditions of this immigration detention centre, through an inspection that took place between 2nd and 13th March 2015. The Verne, located in Portland, Dorset, was a former prison and has been an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) since September 2014. This is its first inspection as an IRC.
Tainted Peace – Torture in Sri Lanka since 2009 (Freedom from Torture, August 2015).
Freedom from Torture clinicians work with those who have suffered torture at the hands of the Sri Lankan state and latest forensic evidence indicates that torture by the military and police is still a major problem, despite the end of the fighting in 2009. This site contains case studies, report summary, recommendations, and survivor demographics to help raise the importance of understanding the prevalence of torture amongst Sri Lankan asylum seekers and refugees. Click here for further information on the report.