In the UK, there is often a perception that racism is not as prevalent an issue as it is in the US. Yet, as BLM protests have erupted across the globe the UK’s overt and covert racism has come to a head.
Refugees & Asylum
In March the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada postponed all in-person hearings for asylum claims until at least April. On March 20, the government announced it would close its borders to asylum seekers from other countries.
Buea, Cameroon – A former African asylum seeker in the United Kingdom has authored a book titled ‘‘The Pride of an African Migrant’, which will be released on May 4 by Pierced Rock Press’.
From December 2019, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees organized the first Global Refugee Forum. The Forum came exactly a year after the U.N. General Assembly affirmed the Global Compact on Refugees.
The family of the young Guatemalan girl who died in the custody of US border officials after crossing the border is disputing the American government’s claim that she had not had food or water for days beforehand.
Last year 12,666 people were forcibly deported from the UK – an average of nearly 35 people every day, often on commercial flights filled with holidaymakers, families and business travellers.
Hundreds of victims of torture have been wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres in the United Kingsom, a high court judge has ruled, following a challenge by seven survivors of serious abuse.
Immigration detention and the abuses related to it get far less attention than they should. This is largely because it concerns immigrants and, in the current toxic state of the debate around immigration, it is hard to excite public and media concern.