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Busy month for local refugee support groups

October is a month of action on various fronts for local refugee support groups, including a food collection this coming weekend, a poster campaign around town and the delivery of a petition urging the government to lift the ban on asylum seekers working – all this against the background of the Home Secretary’s announcement that she plans to reform the “broken” asylum system. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 21:58 Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 In: Politics Tags: Community of Sanctuary Felicity Laurence Nick Terdre Priti Patel refugees Safwa Chowduhry Sally-Ann Hart

Sally-Ann Hart’s claims of “illegal migrants” contested

Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart is concerned about refugees crossing the Channel in small boats and making landfall along the south-east coast. Having written to the home secretary about the matter, she has now tabled a question for the home secretary who is due to make an appearance in the Commons on Monday 8 June. Nick Terdre reports.

Pro refugee campaigns backed by HBC and the public

Hastings Borough Council has signed up to the Lift the Ban campaign to allow asylum-seekers to work after six months if their asylum claim is still undecided. Meanwhile the fifth annual Refugee Tales event took place this month with ample public support and the presence of several Labour councillors. Nick Terdre reports.

Local day of action against ban on asylum-seekers working

Local Lift the Ban campaigners will be participating in a nationwide day of action on Saturday to call on the government to give asylum-seekers the right to work. There will be stalls in Hastings and St Leonards during the day and an evening event, One Hastings, Many Voices, to encourage public support. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:42 Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 In: Politics Tags: Alex Kempton asylum Felicity Laurence Hastings Community of Sanctuary Lift The Ban Nick Terdre Sajid Javid Shortage Occupation List Trevor Webb

Vigil to be held for victims of Christchurch attack outside Hastings Mosque on Friday

Hastings Community of Sanctuary, Hastings Supports Refugees and Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project have organised a vigil outside the mosque in St Leonards on Friday 22 March. Nick Terdre reports.

EAL service for school-age refugees reprieved

Following a change of mind by maintained secondary schools, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) service provided to schools by East Sussex County Council has been saved – at least for a year. The news has been widely welcomed, as Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 20:18 Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: asylum-seekers Bob Standley Dave Brinson ESCC Felicity Laurence Hastings Community of Sanctuary Hugh Hennebry Jay Kramer Nick Terdre

Dismay as ESCC proposes to close English language service for school-age refugees

East Sussex County Council’s move to close the English as an Additional Language service, a vital resource for school-age refugees, has provoked widespread concern among refugee families and support groups. While possible alternative ways of providing the service are being explored, they are calling on the community to respond to the consultation on the issue, which remains open until Sunday 3 February. Nick Terdre reports.

Campaign for fairer refugee policy goes to Parliament

Moves to reform some of the unfairest elements of the UK’s policy towards refugees seeking asylum took a step forward at the annual Sanctuary in Parliament event hosted by the national City of Sanctuary movement and attended by Alex Kempton and Felicity Laurence from Hastings Community of Sanctuary. Felicity Laurence, chair of the Hastings group, who provided a vivid account of the ‘hostile environment’ underlying Home Office policy towards immigrants in a previous article, explains the new proposals.

Posted 17:12 Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 In: Politics Tags: Alex Kempton Amber Rudd Andrew Mitchell asylum Caroline Spelman Christopher Chope City of Sanctuary Felicity Laurence Hastings Supports Refugees hostile environment Kwasi Kwarteng Lift The Ban planned destitution Windrush
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