'No Evictions' Campaigners: the Fight for Asylum Housing Rights
Serco evictions planned for this Friday.
WITH Serco expected to begin the lock change evictions this Friday the 12th July, CommonSpace caught up with Living Rent campaigners to talk about the work being done on the 'No Evictions' Campaign.
Graham O'Neill: The campaign against the Serco lock-out is in the best internationalist traditions of Glasgow
Graham O’Neill, Policy Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, says the campaign in Glasgow against Serco’s planned eviction of hundreds of asylum seekers has a significance way beyond the city – it’s an important defence of the human rights of the most vulnerable people everywhere
Analysis: Carola Rackete court victory a win for humanity over barbarism
Carola Rackete risked her own freedom to save others, and showed Brussels and Rome that it’s their policies towards those fleeing war and persecution – not search & rescue efforts – which are at odds with international law
ON TUESDAY [3 July], an Italian judge faced down the Italian Interior Minister and probably the most powerful man in Italy, Matteo Salvini, and ruled that the German captain of a search and rescue ship, Carola Rackete, had not broken the law in entering the port of Lampedusa on 29 June.
Lift The Ban: Campaign Fighting to Give Asylum Seekers the Right to Work
The Lift the Ban campaign fights for the right to work for asylum seekers
CURRENTLY people seeking asylum are banned from working while they await a decision on their asylum claim. Many wait years for a decision, and are left to live on £37.75 a week, with little opportunity to integrate into our communities.
CommonSpace spoke to Pinar Aksu from Maryhill Integration Network about the Lift the Ban campaign, and what policy changes they are calling for.
The right to vote: A stepping stone to equal rights for refugees and asylum seekers?
Contributing to our week of special coverage, Marie Von Leipzig takes a look at what extending voting rights in Scotland to refugees and asylum seekers in the recently published Scottish Elections Bill could mean
“For far too long I have spoken with people who are passionate about Scotland’s future and genuinely want to vote in the elections but cannot due to their status. Before you speak to them they say ‘I am an asylum seeker I cannot vote!’ In the 21st century I feel like this is discrimination against a certain group and we now have the chance to reform this.”
Are we ready to adapt to the coming age of climate refugees?
For CommonSpace’s week of special coverage on refugees and asylum seekers, editor Ben Wray looks at whether the West is equipped to deal with the coming climate refugee crisis, which will dwarf any refugee crisis preceding it
IN CHENNAI, India’s sixth largest city, 4.6 million people are on the verge of catastrophe.
WATCH: Yvonne More on Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment
Refugee Festival Scotland started on Thursday 20 June
YVONNE MORE from Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment explains their event at this year's Refugee Festival Scotland.
CommonSpace is running a special week of coverage from 24-28 June to coincide with the festival. You can find out more here.
A special week of coverage on asylum seekers and refugees 24-28 June
You can contribute to our week of coverage by emailing email@example.com
COMMONSPACE is running a special week of coverage in the last week of June on refugees and asylum seekers, focusing on rights.
The week of coverage coincides with Scotland’s Refugee Festival 2019, which CS will be reporting at over the course of the week.
Mick Napier: There should be no place for supporters of Israeli Apartheid in Refugee Festival Scotland
Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign argues that the Scottish Refugee Council’s decision to partner with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, which he argues actively co-operates with and supports the Israeli Government, does all refugees a disservice
THE Scottish Refugee Council’s statement of vision and aims states that it is committed to “campaign and advocate for the rights of refugees” and to “working in partnership where that will benefit refugees”.