This week’s migration news briefing
The United Nations migration agency expresses increasing concern in the face of a video that displays kidnapped as well as mistreated Somali and Ethiopian migrants in Libya. These captives are being held for ransom by human traffickers who demand payment from families who are unable to do so. These frequent happenings continue to add to the danger for those who are fleeing their home country in search of sanctuary in Europe.
Migrant families who find themselves homeless in the UK face the threat of a broken family as social services declare it can only secure housing for children. According to Abi Brunswick of Project 17, an organization that works with families who are unable to access mainstream welfare, this is a scare tactic. Instead parents opt for homelessness and makeshift solutions such as sleeping in apartment corridors or buses.
The Supreme Court ruled against the law of “deport now, appeal later” citing it as unlawful. Deputy President of the Court, Lady Hale, stated that the practice transgresses the right to appeal as it made the case much more difficult when done abroad and vulnerable to various forms of obstruction.
Legal action is underway as the European Union addresses the recent refusals from Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic to accept any more refugees within their borders under the recent EU plan to settle 160,00 migrants. The consequences could include fines and sanctions despite the fact that it could take time to actually implement. It further complicates the application of a universal relocation policy.
The Great Get Together commemorated and honoured the legacy of MP Jo Cox through 100,000 events nationwide between June 16th and June 18th. It marked a moment to unite and nurture positivity through community picnics, street parties, and concerts. Migrant Voice also participated with a community football match.