Network for Migration Matters
International Women's Day
Happy International Women’s Day! Join us today with Mathilda, Jess and Gigi as we explore the incredible work of their role models. Mathilda, from @conversationsfromcalais , explains why Celine Semaan (@celinesceline) is her inspiration. You can find out more about her work at https://slowfactory.foundation Jess, from @forcetoflee , delves into the world of her hero Marjane Satrapi (@marjane_satrapi). Her book is available at Penguin Random House amongst other places. Gigi, from @humanrightsmigrantrights , tells us about her role model Waad Al-Kateab (@wadalkateab) and her movie For Sama. Join her campaign on www.actionforsama.com Let us celebrate and amplify the voices of these incredible women every day of the year. #internationalwomensday
UN The United Nations of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Conversations with UNHCR personnel
Join us as we speak with Roland Schilling (Representative of UNHCR's Regional Representation for Central Europe) and Andreas Wissner (UNHCR’s Representative to the European Institutions in Strasbourg) about their past and present experiences at UNHCR, as well as their views on the future.
Indefinite lockdown: immigration detention in the UK. A webinar with Bail for Immigration Detainees
Our personal freedom is something we hold dear. Yet for some people in the UK, freedom cannot be taken for granted. Anyone in the UK subject to immigration control can be detained by an immigration officer with no time limit. The decision to detain doesn’t have to be authorised by a court. People can be locked up for months or even years, with no light at the end of the tunnel. “Sometimes it’s like somebody’s suffocating me, like I can’t breathe. Because every time I just look at walls, walls. I want to be able to do things, I want to move, I don’t just want to be locked up here without doing anything. It’s like they are treating me as if I was a criminal, but I’m a normal human being. I want to be free.” (Selina, speaking to Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) after three months in detention) Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. They provide legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons to help them secure their release, alongside research and policy advocacy to effect change. Watch this video to hear from BID to find out more about the system of immigration detention in the UK. BID’s Director, Celia Clarke, kicks the video off with a general introduction to immigration detention in the UK, including the operation of the Secretary of State’s powers to detain and immigration bail. She also provides a brief history of the organisation’s work to date in challenging immigration detention, including BID’s role in campaigning for the end to the detention of children and families. Pierre Makhlouf, BID’s Assistant Director, discusses BID’s involvement in strategic litigation as a means of achieving change in detention policy and practice. The audience is taken through particular cases which BID has been involved in which have helped effect positive change, such as challenging the “out of country” deportation appeal regime, and the use of prisons for immigration detention. Finally, BID lawyer, Adam Spray, provides a first-hand perspective from the front line of legal casework with people in detention. Adam discusses the sorts of cases he works on, which include representing some of the most vulnerable detainees, such as victims of torture and those suffering from severe mental health conditions. The session concludes with a Q and A.
Goodwill Caravan - A grassroot perspective on the refugee crisis
This is a webinar hosted by Network for Migration Matters with Hannan Ashegh, the founder of Goodwill Caravan, to discuss the refugee crisis in Greece. Goodwill Caravan is non-profit Humanitarian Charity that covers refugee protection projects including shelter, food, legal and medical support in the UK and Greece. We are lucky enough to have Hannan Ashegh, the founder of Goodwill Caravan, join us for this. This is an excellent opportunity to hear what the situation has been, and currently is, on the ground in Greece. To get know more about us - Website: https://www.networkformigrationmatters.com/ - Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MigrationMatters/