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January 2022

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Today the Nationality and Borders Bill has its second reading in the House of Lords. As many of you will know, the Bill contains a whole host of deeply troubling Government proposals for changes to the asylum and immigration system in the UK, including allowing the ‘push back’ of boats crossing the English Channel, using offshore centres to hold people while their asylum claims are processed, and creating a ‘two tier system’ where refugees would be treated differently depending on how they arrive in the UK.
 
With many organisations already doing great work opposing these parts of the Bill, we have decided to focus on one specific element: the proposal to allow the Secretary of State to deprive someone of British citizenship without notice. Although it has come as a surprise to many people, the Secretary of State already has the power to deprive people of their citizenship. If you’re reading this newsletter, you probably share our concerns over the lack of transparency around the use of this power. Technically, it can be used against anyone who has displayed “unacceptable behaviours”, and the Government has refused to publish any details on the numbers of times it has used this power in the last few years (let alone give any details on their reasons for using it). But now the Government is trying to go even further: if this Bill passes unamended, you could be deprived of your citizenship and not even told about it, thus hampering any opportunity to appeal the decision and clear your name.
 
We have been working with a number of members of the House of Lords who share our opposition to this clause in the Bill and you can expect a number of them to voice that opposition in the debate today. In the coming weeks, we’ll be working with them to table amendments to the Bill with the aim of making it harder, rather than easier, for the Government  to deprive someone of their citizenship so do keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@migrants_rights) for all the latest developments.
 
Today the #BordersBill has its 2nd reading in the House of Lords. This #AntiRefugeeBill contains deeply troubling Government proposals for changes to the asylum and immigration system in the UK, here's our Digital Marketing Apprentice, to explain more.

Migrant Aspiration Programme

MRN have received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to develop a comprehensive training programme called the Migrants Aspiration Programme (MAP)

This programme will seek to support the development of potential migrant leaders by developing their roles as community leaders, board members, trustees and political leaders within their own communities. 

What is MAP?

The Migrants' Aspiration Programme (MAP) is a FREE 4 months online training course created for anyone who has lived experience of migration and the hostile environment. MAP is for people who are looking to lead and make a difference in their community.

They do not need to have experience of leadership or campaigning, but they will have a willingness to commit to the programme and a passion to want to make a difference. They might already be working in an organisation doing this work or they might be a volunteer in the local community. They may also be exploring what leadership looks like for themselves and just need a little guidance to get started.

Click here for more information

 



We are also seeking MAP Mentors!

Mentoring is a phenomenal way to share your knowledge and give guidance to those looking to build their leadership and personal skills through learning from the experiences of others. As many of the participants on our programmes are interested in advocacy and local leadership, we are particularly looking for individuals that have experience working or volunteering in migration, advocacy, and related sectors.

Mentors will have flexibility in regards to the date/timing of the mentoring sessions, but you must be able to commit to 6 months. We expect mentors to connect with their mentees a minimum of 3 hours/month. Mentors are required to attend 1-2 training sessions prior to being paired with a mentee. Please note that this role is voluntary.

To Find Out More Click Here

News, Events & Campaigns

Guardian Request

Nicola Kelly is currently making a podcast series for the Guardian on the lives of those navigating the UK asylum system. She is aiming to find people who have very recently arrived in Dover and are about to be dispersed and housed in cities across the UK. The idea is that she will stay with them over the course of a year and, through those stories, she will highlight the hostility and complexities of the UK asylum process. If you work or know of anyone who was recently been detained on arrival, or perhaps very recently released on immigration bail, who is happy to be contacted please get in contact with Nicola on Twitter @NicolaKelly
 



Deadline Today! After Exploitation Experts by Experience

After Exploitation are running two workshops this month (7th and 15th January) for experts by experience to feedback on creative campaign opportunities, media planning, and policy priorities during and after the campaign. Session attendance lasts five hours at £15 an hour (which can be paid via BACS or voucher for those who don’t have the right to work in the UK). This is the flat-rate wage for all paid work undertaken at After Exploitation.

The online overview outlines how people with lived experience of exploitation can register interest: https://afterexploitation.com/2021/12/17/opportunity-experts-by-experience/
 



After Exploitation - NGOs & Community Groups


During January, we want to spotlight the work being undertaken by communities, NGOs and individuals to fight the Nationality and Borders Bill, particularly with a focus on the impact this will have on survivors of modern slavery.

If you are willing to be interviewed as part of our online spotlight, please email me (just address to Maya at info@afterexploitation.org) and we'll send over a Q&A for you to fill out via email.

Sector Vacancies

JCWI - Legal Director

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is looking for a full-time Interim Legal Director to oversee the management of the award-winning Legal and Casework Department. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ experience of providing immigration advice and undertaking casework, at least 1 year’s experience as an accredited supervising Legal Aid solicitor, and experience leading a small team. We especially encourage applications from people from marginalised backgrounds and with experience of the immigration system. We are taking applications on a rolling basis and are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.

More info and how to apply           Deadline: 7 January 2022
Women For Refugee Women - Deputy Director

They are looking for someone who will contribute to the overall strategic and operational leadership of the charity and have specific lead responsibility for the development and management of Women for Refugee Women’s external relations with partner organisations, influencers and policy makers in order to increase reach and impact of our advocacy, campaigning and communications work.

For more information                   Deadline: 17th January 2022


 Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees - Director

They are seeking to appoint a Director who brings leadership experience within a voluntary sector organisation, funded by trusts and foundations and other voluntary, private and public funders. A knowledge of the immigration system and working with refugees and asylum seekers would be helpful but relevant experience could be drawn from other sectors in the human rights and social justice arena.
 

More information here                Deadline: 17th January 2022


Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees - Policy & Communications Manager

The role will lead on all aspects of their external communications and digital work, ensuring that AVID extends its reach, accessibility and influence on behalf of people in immigration detention. The role will oversee and lead on their policy, research and advocacy activities, working with their membership to ensure a collaborative approach to external engagement.
 

More information here               Deadline: 24th January 2022

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