There are always campaigns on various refugee issues, involving letter-writing, donation drives, petitions and more. The most up-to-date place to find these is on the LAfR Facebook page
LOSRAS currently has two key campaign objectives:
- Advocating for an end to the use of arbitrary indefinite immigration detention in the UK
- Advocate for the safe passage of refugees, especially unaccompanied minors, for resettlement in the UK
Ending unlimited detention
Immigration detention centres are officially called Immigration Removal Centres, as their stated purpose is to hold people who the government intends to deport from the UK. Around half of people in immigration detention are asylum seekers, and many have family ties in the UK. Around 30,000 migrants are detained in the UK every year.
There are, at present, ten detention Immigration Removal Centres in the UK. (This figure includes Short Term Holding Facilities.) Some are run by private security companies, others by the Prison Service. People in detention cannot leave and have very limited freedom of movement within the centres. Security levels are similar to prisons.
The UK is unique within Western Europe in that there is no maximum time limit on immigration detention. People can be and are detained for months or even years. It costs, on average, more than £30,000 to detain someone for a year. More about immigration detention is available from AVID Detention.
There are various local and national groups working to end unlimited immigration detention, and LOSRAS supports this cause, working closely with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group www.gdwg.org and Refugee Tales www.refugeetales.org
Safe passage for unaccompanied minors
While there are schemes to bring refugees safely to the UK, access to these remains limited and the process slow. This means that thousands of asylum seekers who are linked to the UK by family ties, language, history or other means are denied safe passage to sanctuary here. There are various local and national groups working to define and provide safe and legal routes to sanctuary for asylum seekers, and LOSRAS supports this cause.
More information is available at: http://safepassage.org.uk/