The Criminalisation of Solidarity


By Elizabeth Hobbs In recent years there has been an alarming increase in the criminalisation of acts of solidarity within Europe. This is particularly prevalent in the context of solidarity with refugees and migrants, but it also poses a potential threat to the wider European human rights community. It is situated within the context of a rise … Continue reading The Criminalisation of Solidarity

“My needs did not magically change or go away upon turning 18”: Why young asylum seekers need additional support


In July, RRE and our partners convened at Parliament to make the case for Youth Welfare Officers in all initial and dispersal asylum accommodation. Advocates like this are urgently needed to monitor and support the mental health and welfare of 18- to 25-year-old asylum seekers[i]. These individuals endure unimaginable trauma before arriving in the UK, … Continue reading “My needs did not magically change or go away upon turning 18”: Why young asylum seekers need additional support

Towards a Rights-Based Reform of the Common European Asylum System


By Stephanie Pope, Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer In the wake of the European Parliament elections, Refugee Rights Europe is launching its next phase of EU-level policy and advocacy work. In 2019 and 2020, we will be working with policy-makers and advocacy partners in Brussels to achieve positive reform. Informed by data gathered from over … Continue reading Towards a Rights-Based Reform of the Common European Asylum System

The experiences of women in asylum accommodation: unsanitary and unsafe


By Aileen Voit The recent report by Refugee Rights Europe, researched in collaboration with MEENA Centre for Women and Children and the Baobab Women’s Project in Birmingham, raises considerable concern about the living standards for asylum-seeking women in the UK. In the United Kingdom, asylum seekers are entitled to be provided with accommodation and small … Continue reading The experiences of women in asylum accommodation: unsanitary and unsafe

“Slow, unfair and expensive to run. . .” The crisis of immigration detention within the UK


“Unaccountable, arbitrary, indefinite detention is a human rights abuse and a cruel anomaly in our system. I urge MPs on all sides to use their strength to end it”[i] Harriet Harman MP Immigration detention is not a legal term. It refers instead to policy and practice,[ii] and occurs when someone is deprived of their liberty or … Continue reading “Slow, unfair and expensive to run. . .” The crisis of immigration detention within the UK

At the Western Doorstep: On the human rights violations resulting from the externalisation of asylum


Refugee Rights Europe’s latest report, ‘At the Western Doorstep’, highlights the complex experiences facing refugees and displaced people arriving in Europe through Morocco and via the Western Mediterranean route. The report raises renewed concerns about the deplorable impact of the European externalisation of asylum to non-EU countries, and serves as a stark reminder of the … Continue reading At the Western Doorstep: On the human rights violations resulting from the externalisation of asylum