Category «General»

The Dark Reality of Britain’s Privatised Immigration System

In July radical Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein came to meet members of South Yorkshire Stop G4S in Sheffield. We had lots to talk about: amongst many other things Antony has been looking at the role of corporations like G4S and Serco in profiting from the increasingly harsh anti-migrant regimes in Australia, the UK and around …

Migrants speak out at SYMAAG AGM: “It’s great to be listened to”

“Mental Health and the Asylum System” was the theme for the 2014 Annual General Meeting of SYMAAG. 35 people came to hear three local speakers who had first hand experience of this system. Despite the pain of describing their experience of the asylum system all three speakers gave moving accounts to an audience which listened …

SYMAAG Annual General Meeting Tuesday 13th May Sheffield

The theme of this year’s Annual General Meeting is “The UK Asylum and Detention System Can Damage Your Health”. We will hear from speakers who have experienced the system themselves and have campaigned for asylum seekers’ rights inside it. The meeting will be looking in particular at the affects of the detention system on mental …

Migrant Rights to Healthcare: Public Meeting October 29th Sheffield

  Help us launch a campaign for all migrants’ rights to healthcare in the UK. Come to a public meeting on Tuesday 29th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. The meeting starts at 7pm but doors open at 6.30pm for a cup of tea and a biscuit.   …

Lampedusa: Only the dead can stay

 In South Yorkshire there will be many Eritrean, Somali, Sudanese and other migrants mourning the deaths of friends and family off the coast of Lampedusa recently. We send our condolences and our hope that such loss is not inevitable in the future. Two years ago SYMAAG organised a film showing and public meeting at Sheffield University. We invited …

Sheffield Asylum Organisations Campaign For Human Rights in Sri Lanka

    After hearing a powerful and emotional account from a woman seeking asylum from Sri Lanka, three South Yorkshire bodies concerned with asylum seekers – ASSIST, Northern Refugee Centre (NRC), and the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) – recently asked Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Sheffield Hallam, …

10 reasons to vote for G4S as the World’s Worst Company…and why G4S disagree!

Security giant G4S rejects ‘World’s Worst Company’ nomination John Grayson and Adri Nieuwhof  Open Democracy 23 January 2013 The world’s leading security company, G4S, says it doesn’t deserve to be nominated for Public Eye’s World’s Worst Company Award. Two activists examine G4S’s defence.   The World’s Worst Company will be declared this Thursday by Public …

Leeds Council Order G4S to Review All Asylum Housing

A campaign led by two women asylum seekers has prompted Leeds City Council to take action against G4S. After visiting some of the squalid properties which G4S had tried to house people in, senior council officials ordered G4S to “undertake a full review of the property portfolio in Leeds to ensure they meet the contract standards”.    Cockroaches …

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