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Asylum Matters: Weekly Developments on Coronavirus & Asylum / Migration

Reproduced in full – helpful summary – apologies for repeated content Ongoing advocacy initiatives Stop Lock Change Evictions letter to Mears, Serco and Home Office This week Scottish Refugee Council, alongside other members of the Stop Lock Change Evictions campaign, have written to Mears, Serco and the Home Office to ask them to take three […]

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Summaries of changes to asylum process & resettlement in response to Coronavirus/C-19 – 25th March 2020

Right to Remain’s summary of C-19 related changes to the asylum process  – simple with pictures and very user friendly Refugee Council’s Summary of Changes to Home Office Asylum & Resettlement policy and practice in response to Covid-19 (click on the picture to be taken to the web page) Changes to Home Office Asylum & […]

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Face to face Home Office Substantive Interviews “paused” as of 19th March 2020

via Kerstin Thompson Asylum Operations UK Visas and Immigration “Many of our applicants travel a long way to have a substantive asylum interview, which can be a lengthy interaction taking several hours.  On that basis, we have decided to pause face to face substantive asylum interviews for now.  That means we will be cancelling any […]

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Home Office announcement- £8 million to help “vulnerable people” apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office have recently announced further funding for charities and local authorities to provide face-to-face, online and telephone support across the UK. Note – The 57 charities currently funded by the Home Office will have their funding extended until the end of June 2020, to allow their work to continue during the bidding process […]

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Protecting the rights of migrants to live and work in the UK after Brexit – events on 9th March 2020

via Henriette Mahamane at LCC The following events are being organised by LCC on Monday 9th March. Please see below the programme for the day: 12:00-15:00: Reginald Centre Free drop in event with presentation of the EUSS and Windrush surgery 17:00-19:00: Civic Hall banqueting suite- pre-booking required Presentation of the Home Office on both […]

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Asylum Matters – Policy update Feb 2020

Edited highlights of Asylum Matters’ most recent newsletter 1. Migrant Help Update on the AIRE Contract Migrant Help has issued a further update on the performance of its AIRE service – see attached. The letter notes that call answer times into the First Response Centre (FRC) have been at an average of under one minute […]

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