"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Today's links

Deported to die appeal fight.


Friends and supporters of a severely ill Leeds widow who faces being ‘deported to die’ are making a last-ditch appeal to the Home Office to abandon what they have termed its “relentless persecution” of her.

As reported previously in the YEP, Nigerian-born kidney-transplant patient Roseline Akhalu has been fighting a five-year battle to remain in the UK.

The 49-year old’s initial joy at an immigration tribunal’s decision to uphold her recent appeal turned to despair when it emerged the Home Secretary intended to challenge the judge’s decision.

Now her lawyers have learned that the Home Office has indeed won official permission to appeal against the ruling of the immigration judge last November.

The trials of Roseline Akhalu :


Via Roseline's campaign page :


New report and campaign launch: Dignity in pregnancy.


This joint Refugee Council and Maternity Action report looks at the experiences of pregnant women in the asylum system, based on interviews with asylum seeking women and midwives responsible for their care.

The findings show that the UK Border Agency's 'dispersal' policies are putting the health of pregnant women and their babies at risk. By moving them to acommodation around the county, women are uprooted from essential healthcare and their support networks, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.


UKBA's dispersal policy 'puts pregnant asylum seekers at risk' says report.




The Refugee Council's campaign for dignity in pregnancy.




When maternity doesn't matter: how the UK is failing vulnerable pregnant women.



National insurance, immigration caps and burdensome regulation are the reasons why the UK economy is stagnating, business leaders said today.



Leeds' hosts offer hot food, beds and a warm welcome to asylum-seekers.


Janice Gwilliam continues her monthly posts on volunteering in the north, with news of overnight placements in the homes of generous Yorkshire families. But there's mud on them thar moors.


Status update via 'I Love Immigrants' ( https://www.facebook.com/ILoveImmigrants ) :

https://www.facebook.com/ILoveImmigrants/posts/554382427918720 -
Romans (55BC), Angles, Saxons and Jutes (4th Century), Vikings (8th Century), Normans (11th Century), Romani (16th Century), Huguenots (17th Century), Africans (18th Century), Irish (19th Century), Germans, Russian and Poles (20th Century), Caribbeans, Indians, Africans and Hong Kong Chinese (20th Century), Poles (21st Century). You'd think we'd have got over it by now.


Stratford-upon-Avon African skeleton was Roman soldier.



Meeting Carlos Saavedra, of the United We Dream movement last week, and then catching the musical production 'Glasgow Girls' at the Theatre Royale last week was bound to spark off thoughts on what happens when young people get involved in the issue of the rights of migrants. Here are a bunch of reasons why we should feel pretty hopeful as to what the potential is...



Greece: "A promise from the army has been obtained to not intervene against a civil uprising".



Greeks ask themselves: Who's a Greek?


When it comes to immigration, Greece faces a dilemma: The country needs new, young people because like the rest of Europe, it faces a falling birth rate and an aging population.

Yet it's also struggling with a backlash against immigrants, especially those from Africa and South Asia. Although Greece has become the main entry point into the European Union for undocumented migrants, the country of 11 million is also home to roughly 1 million immigrants who reside here legally and have started families here. Their Greek-born children want to become citizens.

So Greece is wrestling with a fundamental question: Who's a Greek?


https://twitter.com/LondonMigrants tweets :
Top 5 stories of the week 24/2/13


https://twitter.com/FullFact tweets :
Are people in wealthy nations more likely to be depressed than those in poorer countries?


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