Category «Sheffield»

Zimbabwe: “no changes and no democracy”

Why Zimbabwe is still not safe for refugees like Marian Machekanyanga Marian was forced to leave Zimbabwe in November 2002 as a result of victimisation and mistreatment. As a member of a workers committee in a government department in Harare,she led a protest to the Zimbabwean Parliament against the misdirection of the Government funds to ZANU-PF. …

How UK migration rules make children homeless

Councils are forcing children into homelessness and destitution simply because of their parents’ migration status. by VIOLET DICKENSON and JOHN GRAYSON   Alara Bed & Breakfast room shared by Amy’s family of five (John Grayson) For two years we have been investigating how Sheffield treats refugee families who have no recourse to public funds. Our latest article …

Mothers and children unlawfully housed in Sheffield B&Bs for years

VIOLET DICKENSON and JOHN GRAYSON 5 April 2018 Women and young children routinely placed in shared hostels with vulnerable homeless men. Earl Marshall Guest House (John Grayson) Mothers with young children have spent months on end in Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, living alongside vulnerable homeless single men. Women forced to share bathrooms and kitchens …

“We need humanity and accountability” in asylum housing

Asylum tenants organise at Sheffield conference This was the first national meeting of asylum tenants. At the same time as a new £4 billion 10 year government contract for asylum housing and related services is being tendered and due to start in 2019. The current contract, called COMPASS, has operated from 2012, run by G4S, …

Human Rights and Asylum Housing conference Sheffield February 24

SYMAAG invites you to an action day conference on human rights and asylum housing in Sheffield on Saturday 24th February, 11am – 4pm at The Sanctuary, 37-39 Chapel Walk, Sheffield S1 2PD. Tenders are already in from the corporations and companies set to exploit the latest (and biggest) contract to be offered in the UK …

Daisy and the £4 billion Asylum Housing Contracts

As the tendering process for £4 billion worth of contracts over ten years gets under way, asylum campaigner John Grayson examines the market for asylum seekers’ housing in the UK. © J. Grayson G4S dumps toddler with rare cancer in dirty asylum house with rats in the yard. Can G4S be trusted to be given part …

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 …

Who Supports Asylum and Migrant Rights?

The General Election on June 8th gives us the chance to support parties and candidates in South Yorkshire who stand for asylum and migrant rights. We’ll be helping you decide who they are by holding a pre-election meeting with candidates on immigration and asylum on May 31st 7pm at Central United Reform Church Sheffield S1 …

Behave or get deported, says G4S

Not just squalor but intimidation in G4S asylum housing. Alongside asylum tenants we have documented conditions in asylum housing since the contract was handed to G4S, Serco and Clearsprings by the Home Office in 2012. During this time we have heard plenty of evidence of intimidation from G4S towards the people they are paid to …

A Matter of Pride

Sheffield people rallied around Pride Mbi Agbor when he was detained and threatened with deportation to Cameroon in March. For many people, including local Labour Party members it was an education in the cruelty of the UK asylum system. SYMAAG Secretary and member of Broomhill Labour Party in Sheffield wrote this piece for the Branch’s …

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