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SYMAAG AGM 20th May: Life in the “hostile environment”

SYMAAG AGM 20th May: Life in the “hostile environment”

“Illegal” ex-Immigration Minister Mark Harper has been appointed Conservative Chief Whip. Harper resigned from his post after he was found to have illegally employed Isabella Acevedo last year. Harper was given another ministerial job days…
Support Asylum and Migrant Rights on May 7th

Support Asylum and Migrant Rights on May 7th

We asked the General Election candidates in South Yorkshire if they supported our Asylum and Migrant Rights 6-Point Pledge: Those seeking asylum should have the right to work whilst in the U.K. Replace Azure cards…
Asylum Rights Election Question Time Sheffield 16th April 7pm

Asylum Rights Election Question Time Sheffield 16th April 7pm

Will any political party will stand up for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum? Do the votes of refugees, anti-racists and supporters of human rights and migrants rights count? Do the candidates support the…
The Slippery, Cynical Politics of Asylum

The Slippery, Cynical Politics of Asylum

With just months to go before the UK general election, John Grayson examines party politics on asylum and what the response of migrants and campaigners might be.   Main picture of is migrants and golfers…
A Shiver Down the Spine: David Blunkett and the immigration “swamping” controversy

A Shiver Down the Spine: David Blunkett and the immigration “swamping” controversy

David Blunkett MP chose to echo the words of Tory MP Michael Fallon (and Margaret Thatcher) in alleging that communities are being “swamped” by migrants, writing in the Daily Mail on October 27th. Migrants and…
The Dark Reality of Britain’s Privatised Immigration System

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…
Tell Sheffield Council on October 1st: No more public money for G4S in Sheffield

Tell Sheffield Council on October 1st: No more public money for G4S in Sheffield

Update 23rd September: Confirmed that South Yorkshire Stop G4S will resubmit the petition calling for Sheffield City Council to refuse to make contracts with G4S or other companies guilty of “grave misconduct” and will address…
Migrants speak out at SYMAAG AGM: “It’s great to be listened to”

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…
SYMAAG Annual General Meeting Tuesday 13th May Sheffield

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…
No Refuge From Benefit Sanctions

No Refuge From Benefit Sanctions

With “welfare reforms” linked to increasing use of foodbanks and hunger, refugee benefit claimants face the threat of destitution, some for the second time in the UK.   Rolled Out Migrant rights groups have long…