Category «Migration»

Don’t Let Them Die in Libya – Sheffield protests 18 January

       Don’t let them die in Libya Sheffield march and demonstration Saturday 18 January 12.30pm Meet bottom of The Moor near Moor Market S1 4PF at 12.30 and march to Sheffield Town Hall for a rally at 1pm “I was lucky to find safety in the UK before Libya erupted into chaos following …

“Welcome to Sheffield” book discussion November 26

SYMAAG founding member and local author David Price will talk about his latest book, “Welcome to Sheffield – A Migration History” November 26th 7-9pm at The Sanctuary 37-39 Chapel Walk Sheffield S1 2PD Some of the refugees mentioned in the book will talk about their own experiences of welcome, and there’ll be an opportunity to …

Discuss “The UK Border Regime: a critical guide” Sheffield November 6

A vital and comprehensive resource for anyone trying understand the border regime, and ask how we can fight it effectively has been produced by Corporate Watch. The book The UK Border Regime: a critical guide is now out. Discuss The UK Border Regime: a critical guide with Corporate Watch on Tuesday 6th November 6.30-8.30 at …

The roots of the Hostile Environment

In December 2013 SYMAAG organised a protest in Sheffield against the 2014 Immigration Act which put into law many of the measures designed to create a “Hostile Environment” for what then Home Secretary Theresa May called “illegal immigrants”   One of SYMAAG’s founding members David Price has this letter published in The Guardian 17 April …

Sheffield election candidates on the spot over asylum policies

60 people came to an Asylum and Immigration Election Hustings in Sheffield on May 31st. The meeting was organised by SYMAAG and supported by Sheffield’s many asylum rights groups. We had the chance to question local candidates Natalie Bennett (Green), Paul Blomfield (Labour), Howard Denby (UKIP) and Shaffaq Mohammad (Liberal Democrat) on their party policies …

Grande Synthe and Calais: July eyewitness report and appeal for support

Grande Synthe and Calais, July 2016 As Caroline and I prepare for our latest trip, the news from Calais is pretty dire – few volunteers are at the warehouse and cold food distribution has had to be suspended because of a lack of funds, donations and people. Fortunately Sheffield Donations for Refugees have raised a tidy …

The Business of Migration

For corporations like G4S, Serco, Capita and Mitie the suffering of refugees is part of their “asylum markets”. The biggest ever single Home Office contract – the disastrous COMPASS asylum housing contract –  is up for renewal next year. On the eve of an inquiry into its many failings, John Grayson looks at how global …

The Immigration Bill: “turning people against people”

Over 70 people came to our January public meeting on the latest Immigration Bill. There was consensus that the real aims of the Bill were   to create a hostile environment for people seeking asylum to appease and inflame racist stereotypes about people coming to the UK to create precedents for charging for basic services …

“The refugees simply command respect” – eyewitness report from Calais

  After reading about others making solidarity trips to the refugee camp in Calais, my friend and fellow Unite Community member Stuart and I decided to do our own visit, taking over a van load of donations and staying to volunteer for a few days. We had fantastic support from people, raising sponsorship from Unite …

“Break fences, build bridges” Sheffield welcomes refugees

“Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” was the call from 250 people on a march and rally in Sheffield on October 10th. Not only was there a good turnout for the march – called by the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group – but it was supported by many organisations:  …

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