Tag Archives: child detention

No way out, no way in: key findings

Download: Research report; Executive Summary

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No way out, no way in: Migrant children fall through the net

An estimated 120,000 children living in the UK without legal immigration status are at risk of destitution, exploitation and social exclusion because of contradictory and frequently changing rules and regulations which jeopardise their access to healthcare, education, protection by the … Continue reading

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Children in UK immigration detention

The new report by The Children’s Society,  ‘What Have I Done? The experiences of children and families in UK immigration detention’, examines the experiences of 32 families detained prior to the coalition’s pledge, in May 2010, to end the immigration detention of … Continue reading

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Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK

BID and The Children’s Society have published a new report on detention of children, titled ‘Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK.’ Download the report and executive summary here. The report is based on detailed … Continue reading

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Public policy and irregular child migration

For a more in-depth discussion of the issues raised in the video interview, see: – Irregular migrant children and public policy – Policy primer published by The Migration Observatory – Being children and undocumented: background paper, COMPAS WP n.78

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Will the government succeed in rebranding child detention?

In response to the recent decision of the children’s charity Barnardo’s to collaborate with government in the new immigration centres for children and families awaiting deportation, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former Children’s Commissioner, has urged in a commentary piece on Open Democracy … Continue reading

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Detention repackaged

Listen to Prof Heaven Crawley debating on the alternative to child detentetion and the involvement of Bernardo’s in running welfare services at a new detention centre on BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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‘Migrant children should not be detained’, says Thomas Hammarberg

Thousands of migrant children are detained every year in Europe. They are forcibly brought to detention centres in a number of countries, in most cases with a view of preparing for their deportation. There they have to endure prison-like conditions, … Continue reading

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Negotiating childhood

Anna Verley Kvittingen has recently published in the Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series an excellent paper on policy and practice of age disputing in the UK. The paper addresses the underlying issue of why age assessment is so politicised … Continue reading

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The kids Britain doesn’t want – Dispatches C4

Every year, thousands of children come from all over the world to Britain seeking refuge from persecution, terrorism and war. But many arrive to find this country is not the place of safety that they hoped. Instead they are met … Continue reading

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