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Britain Grows Increasingly Hostile to EU Citizens

7 December 2017

Ever since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, European Union citizens in the UK have felt increasingly unwelcome. Harrassment is on the rise and the government itself has fed the hate. An article by Jörg Schindler featured in der Spiegel online.

Dramatic decline in access to legal help for immigration detainees, reports charity

6 December 2017

A piece by Caterina Franchi featured in The Justice Gap about our Autumn 2017 Legal Advice Survey.

Six-monthly survey reveals less than half of those questioned have a legal representative

5 December 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) reveals that access to legal representation for those held in immigration detention is seriously lacking. BID’s research is the only data collected on the availability of legal advice and representation in immigration detention.

‘Marcin was crying, begging for help’: crisis of EU migrants detained in the UK

3 December 2017

The death of a Pole was one of three suicides in detention centres in a month, and relatives claim the Home Office is covering up cell deaths.

Immigration Judges Say “Too Many People Are Banged Up” In Detention

29 November 2017

A Bar Council report shown exclusively to BuzzFeed News reveals many detainees do not get the legal advice they're entitled to, and are held for months for no crime.

Michael's experience of detention

28 November 2017

Detention is used as an administrative tool by the government – a convenience without proper consideration of less harmful alternatives, and certainly without can acknowledgement of the adverse impact that detention will have on a person’s mental health or their family. In the last year, 27,819 people were sent into immigration detention. Over half of them were released from detention back into the community – which meant that their detention has not served its stated purpose of being for removal or deportation.

Home Office systematically ignores medical advice to keep mentally ill immigrants in detention

26 November 2017

Exclusive: Hundreds of immigrants with mental health conditions being held in detention centres against advice of medical practitioners and in breach of Government policy. 

When Britain can deport EU citizens – according to the law

23 November 2017

Despite the fact that EU citizens enjoy the right to move to and live in other member states, the UK government has recently ramped up efforts to deport them.

Fourth death at Lincoln immigration removal centre prompts inquiry

21 November 2017

Death of 27-year-old Iraqi man at Morton Hall immigration removal centre is fourth fatality at centre in a year.

Submission from BID to the HASC Immigration policy: principles for building consensus inquiry

17 November 2017

Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into Immigration policy: principles for building consensus. We note the general questions that are posed by the Committee, but would emphasise that any debate around immigration must pay heed to enforcement issues. As we explain, the impact of enforcement measures on British people – as well as migrants – is already extensive, and enforcement cannot be separated from the economic and social issues connected with immigration.

Submission from BID to the HASC inquiry into the delivery of Brexit : Immigration

17 November 2017

Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the delivery of Brexit: Immigration. BID's submission focuses primarily on the enforcement issues related to immigration that are the major focus of BID’s work.

Home Office 'locking migrants in rooms for more than 13 hours a day' in breach of human rights

17 November 2017

Exclusive: ‘Lock-ups’ and insanitary conditions violate human rights of detainees, lawyers say:

Great Legal Quiz 2017

9 November 2017

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our Great Legal Quiz on Thursday 8th November and to the wonderful Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker for hosting!

Parallel Reality

8 November 2017

A piece written byGeorge Collecot, one of BID's volunteers and LLB Law student at King's College London about his experiences assisting detainees at BID's workshops in Morton Hall and The Verne Immigration Removal Centres featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

European Commission looking into the potential breaches of European law

3 November 2017

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the European Commission is now looking into the potential breaches of European law by the British government regarding European citizens living in the UK.

U.K.: European Commission Investigates Increased Deportations Of EU Citizens

2 November 2017

The European Commission is investigating whether the United Kingdom has violated EU rules that permit EU citizens to move freely through the bloc, following a 20 percent increase in the number of European citizens deported from the United Kingdom in the past year, New Europe reported Nov. 2.

Job Opportunity at BID

2 November 2017

We have an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual to coordinate our policy and research function.

Brussels ‘looking into’ UK deportations of EU citizens

2 November 2017

The European Commission is looking into reports the British government is creating a hostile environment for European Union citizens living in the UK.

Alarm over rise in UK deportations of EU citizens

31 October 2017

BID's director, Celia Clarke interviewed by Euronews about the rise in UK deportations of EU nationals.

Alarm over rise in UK deportations of EU citizens

31 October 2017

There are growing concerns that the British government is creating a hostile environment for EU citizens living in the UK before Brexit has even materialised.

Home Office detaining sexual violence victims in breach of its own guidelines, finds report

31 October 2017

Politicians and lawyers say Government's failure to comply with its own policy amounts to 'callous disregard' for wellbeing of vulnerable women.

UK Tells EU Citizen to Leave or Face Destitution

30 October 2017

The letter is the latest instance of the U.K.'s hardline stance in respect to EU citizens who risk being deported since Brexit was approved. An article featured in Telesur 

Government tells Romanian national in immigration detention to leave UK or 'end up on the streets'

29 October 2017

The man was denied his request for emergency accommodation and told to go to another EU country for help.

Home Office letter tells EU citizen to ‘go home or go elsewhere’

29 October 2017

Anger from campaigners as Romanian national in detention centre is advised by officials to leave the UK to ‘avoid becoming destitute’. An article by Mark Townsend.

Cruel and unjust: Scandal of how immigration centres have become big business

24 October 2017

Unnoticed by most of the population, the UK has developed a cruel and unjust immigration system, which is ensnaring growing numbers of Europeans. BID's director, Celia Clarke on a scheme which should shame us all.

Submission from BID to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the wake of the Panorama programme

18 October 2017

Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee held an inquiry following the Panorama programme on Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.  BID provided a written submission highlighting key concerns about immigration detention generally.

An unidentified Jamaican detainee, 38, dies in a detention center in England!

6 October 2017

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 38-year-old immigration detainee after the Home office confirmed that a Jamaican man died on Tuesday while he was being held at Morton Hall immigration removal center in Lincoln. It is the third such death in less than a month and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the incident. The prisons and probation ombudsman has begun an investigation.

Investigation begins after Jamaican detainee, 38, dies

4 October 2017

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 38-year-old immigration detainee after the Home office confirmed that a Jamaican man died on Tuesday while he was being held at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincoln. It is the third such death in less than a month and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the incident. The prisons and probation ombudsman has begun an investigation.

Home Office under harsh criticism at European Commission for its unjust deportations

2 October 2017

The increasing number of embarrassing reports of Home Office blunders potentially or actually resulting in the detention and deportation of legally resident EU citizens has resulted in an EU investigation. 

Rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens under scrutiny

2 October 2017

The UK’s increased detention and deportation of EU citizens from Britain is being examined by the European Commission, which has warned it will take “appropriate action” if necessary.

BID's Pub Quiz

2 October 2017

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European Commission investigating sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from UK

1 October 2017

The European Commission is investigating the sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from the UK since the Brexit vote amid concerns the Government may be acting unlawfully.

Brussels investigates UK over deported EU citizens

30 September 2017

Home Office accused of ‘riding roughshod’ over rights of free movement despite Theresa May’s promise to protect Europeans.

European Commission investigating sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from UK

30 September 2017

Deportations are at their highest since records began, with 5,301 EU nationals removed during the year ending June 2017

Immigration detainee allegedly choked by G4S guard demands public inquiry

25 September 2017

An immigration detainee who was filmed being choked by a G4S guard has launched legal action demanding a public inquiry into his and others’ treatment at the hands of the Home Office and G4S.

Human Rights of Immigration Detainees and Deportees in a Hostile Environment

25 September 2017

Our Assistant Direct, Pierre Makhlouf has written an article published in the Autumn 2017 issue of European Judaism. To read the article please click on the following link.

Goldsmith Chambers in support of Bail for Immigration Detainees

18 September 2017

Goldsmith Chambers in support of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is proud to present a training course, ‘Applying for Immigration Bail and Challenging Unlawful Detention’, on Monday 18 September 2017 6.00pm-8pm.

G4S bosses slammed by MPs for ‘system failure’ at Brook House

18 September 2017

Senior executives from G4S were blasted by MPs for not having ‘a grip’ on the crisis at Brook House as exposed by a recent Panorama as they gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee last week as part of its inquiry into the immigration detention centre.

Brook House

16 September 2017

Jon Robins writing on the devastating BBC Panorama investigation featured in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. 

G4S faces investigation over running of immigration detention centre where detainees were abused

15 September 2017

G4S faces an investigation over allegations it has been overcharging the Home Office to run a scandal-hit immigration detention centre where migrants have been abused and humiliated.

Proof magazine: Be afraid without legal aid

14 September 2017

Earlier this year the Justice Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion with access to justice warriors, thinkers and doers to talk about why we need legal aid now more than ever. Report by Will Bordell and photos by Jess Hurd.

Immigration detention: How the government is breaking its own rules

9 September 2017

An excellent article by our wonderful former volunteer Annahita Moradi about the excesses of immigration detention:

‘Barely a third’ of immigration detainees aware of entitlement to free legal advice

7 September 2017

The justice minister was asked about access to legal advice inside immigration removal centres following the furore over a BBC Panorama investigation into Brook House.

BBC Panorama exposes the culture of abuse in immigration detention

6 September 2017

Free Movement's piece on BBC Panorama

Statement from BID on the Panorama: Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets

5 September 2017

Statement from Bail for Immigration Detainees on the Panorama: Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets

European Commission investigating sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from UK

3 September 2017

Deportations are at their highest since records began, with 5,301 EU nationals removed during the year ending June 2017.

Out-of-country Appeals Ruled Unlawful

30 August 2017

In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park, a significant judgment from the Supreme Court was promulgated, largely unnoticed.  And yet its repercussions are significant for foreign national ex-offenders facing deportation from this country.  

Number of EU citizens detained in UK up by 27%, figures show

23 August 2017

Home Office statistics also show sixfold increase since 2009 in those held for suspected immigration offences

Initial Impressions of Yarl’s Wood

7 August 2017

A piece written by Annahita Moradi, a former BID Volunteer and future pupil barrister at 4 Breams Buildings featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

BID does the BID does the Virgin Money London Marathon!

2 August 2017

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured a place at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 taking place on 22nd April 2018!

The Freedom Lottery

1 August 2017

A piece written by Isaac Ricca-Richardson, BID Volunteer and future BPTC student at BPP featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

Migrant Rights Groups Call for Full Amnesty for Survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire

19 July 2017

Migrant rights, race relations, and community groups have signed an open letter calling for full immigration amnesty to all survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who do not have regularised immigration status. 

Government Detention Statistics

5 July 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood on the findings of BID’s latest Legal Advice Survey, and the government’s published data on detention.

The Times Lawyer of the week: Tom Giles

29 June 2017

A wonderful Q&A with Tom Giles, one of the solicitors in Kairie & Byndloss

The UK government deported +1,000 people in breach of their human rights. Here’s why.

22 June 2017

A blog post by Ben Amunwa, looking at the landmark UK Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of Kiarie and Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 on out-of-country rights of appeal.

Supreme Court rules that the Home Office policy of ‘deport first, appeal later’ is unlawful

18 June 2017

Coram Children's Legal Centre has welcomed the Supreme Court's judgment in R (on the application of Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (on the application of Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42. It has urged the Government to review its policy of deportation prior to appeal and insure that all individuals have an opportunity for a fair hearing in immigration proceedings.

UK Supreme Court challenges ‘deport now, appeal later’ immigration policy

14 June 2017

R (on the application of Kiarie) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent); R (on the application of Byndloss) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 4.

R (Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Bail for Immigration Detainees Intervening)

14 June 2017

The Supreme Court has allowed two test case judicial review claims by foreign nationals facing deportation, quashing the Secretary of State’s ‘remove-first’ certificates, whose effect would have been to leave them to appeal from overseas.

BID's response to Supreme Court judgment on out-of-country appeals in the case of Kiarie & Byndloss.

14 June 2017

The Government's system of certifying human rights claims so that they can only be appealed from abroad has been ruled to be unlawful in a major judgment from the Supreme Court today.

Legal Advice for Foreign Nationals a lottery – BID

12 June 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) shows that access to legal advice for people detained under immigration powers remains at a critically low level.

Submission to Tribunal Procedures Committee Consultation

18 May 2017

BID’s submission in response to new bail forms and the note of the President of the First-tier Tribunal on changes to the bail regime arising from the Immigration Act 2016.

Indefinite detention does not breach ECHR says European Court of Human Rights

30 April 2017

Unlike most other European countries, there is no time limit on immigration detention in the UK. In addition, the law does not provide for an automatic judicial review of the lawfulness of detention. 

Bianca Venkata discusses volunteering with BID

13 April 2017

Following Bar Chairman Andrew Langdon QC’s call to support Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) in Counsel Magazine, Bianca Venkata discusses why this is such an important cause.

“The shortest possible time, and to effect removal”

10 March 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager, John Hopgood, takes a look at the numbers that belie the government’s policy on detention.

Immigration detention

1 March 2017

Andrew Langdon QC adds the Bar’s weight to a chorus of criticism on the intolerable state of immigration detention: no judicial scrutiny; no time limits; and scant access to justice

Detention of EU Nationals at record high – BID

23 February 2017

The government’s latest immigration statistics, released this morning, show that detention of EU nationals hit an all-time high during the last three months of 2016.

U.K.’s secret detention policy of immigrants

20 February 2017

Every year, the British government detains hundreds of immigrants in prison, denying them even the most basic support to access the justice system. These people are just a fraction of the tens of thousands of immigrants detained across the U.K. in detention centers but for immigrants in prison, their numbers are never officially recorded.

Fractured Childhoods: The Separation of Families by Immigration Detention

20 February 2017

A guest piece in Border Criminologies, by our Research and Policy Manager, John Hopgood

New report shows detainees in prison denied immigration advice

15 February 2017

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). In their new report, Mind the Gap: Immigration Advice for Detainees in Prisons, BID has found that just 1 in 20 people held under immigration powers in prison have received independent advice on their immigration case. More than 10% of immigration detainees in the UK – some 500 at any one time – are held in prisons rather than Immigration Removal Centres.

To work or not to work?

15 February 2017

From one of BID's volunteers - Charalampos Stylogiannis

Every year, the U.K. secretly detains hundreds of immigrants in prison

10 February 2017

An article by BID's Policy & Research manager, John Hopgood featured in Newsweek

Detainees in prison denied immigration advice – BID

8 February 2017

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

JusticeWatch: ‘Making simple problems into complex arguments’

20 January 2017

The government had finally ‘set the ball rolling’ in the long-awaited/ much delayed LASPO review. 

Theresa May must explain ‘disgraceful’ fivefold rise in EU citizens held in detention centres

19 January 2017

‘If this is how our Government treats our friends then we should be very worried,’ says Tim Farron

Fivefold increase in number of EU citizens held in UK detention centres since Tories took power

18 January 2017

Some detained for losing their ID card or holding a birthday party in a park - prompting claims the Government is seeking to deter others from moving to Britain.

Immigration detention: being a surety/cautioner

3 January 2017

A guide published by Right to Remain

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