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Hunger strike at Yarl's Wood detention centre

08 February 2010
Women in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre have been on hunger strike since Friday of last week against their treatment in the centre. The detention centre is used to hold people before they are forcibly removed from Britain.

Protest grows to stop playwright Lydia Besong’s deportation

15 December 2009
The campaign to release human rights activist and playwright Lydia Besong, currently in Yarslwood detention centre where she faces deportation to Cameroon, received a boost last week when 100 supporters rallied in Manchester.

Immigration system is hostile and divisive

17 November 2009
Labour has presented its points-based immigration system for people coming to live and work in Britain as a crackdown – a new spirit of tough action.

Labour’s policies boost the racists

17 November 2009
The sneaking feeling of sympathy that I felt for Gordon Brown when he was ambushed and coshed by the Sun attack machine over Afghanistan didn’t survive the appalling speech he made about immigration on Thursday of last week.

Unpicking the myths about immigration

10 November 2009
Will "tougher" action on immigration help to beat the BNP?

Successful event begins Hands Off My Workmate campaign

20 October 2009
Around 150 people, including many migrant workers, attended the Hands off my workmate conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) last Saturday.

Refugee from Darfur: ‘I’m not coming for work but running from fear’

29 September 2009
Abu Jabr is not someone you would normally find among the Calais asylum seekers.

Ten myths about immigration

08 September 2009
I can remember July 1978 very clearly. I was ten years old, and I got my first kicking in a subway. It was a shock – he hit me pretty hard. And I didn’t know why.

Graph: mothers’ country of origin

08 September 2009

How media is distorting the facts about birth rates and immigration

08 September 2009
New population statistics caused quite a stir in the press recently.

Students face deportation

07 July 2009
Nine Pakistani students arrested as "terror suspects" but released without charge in April are now awaiting deportation.

Don't let the authorities deport the Thulambo family

31 March 2009
Over 100 people joined a protest in Sheffield on Friday of last week to show support for the Thulambo family – Privilege and her two daughters, Valerie and Lorraine – who are threatened with deportation.

Asylum seekers speak out about persecution and a life on the edge

28 October 2008
The government and the mainstream press are attempting to scapegoat asylum seekers in Britain. But there is a stark contrast between the lifestyle the media allege they have and the reality.

Kurdish protest in Sheffield

28 October 2008

Labour’s migrant charge plan is a disgrace

30 September 2008
Perhaps the most sickening moment in Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour Party conference last week came when he boasted of plans to introduce a "migrant charge for public services".

Playing the numbers game with immigration

09 September 2008
"I’ll swap you one pensioner retiring to the Costa del Sol for one midwife from Nigeria."

The restaurants where the wine is worth more than the workers

02 September 2008
A table at The Ivy restaurant in Covent Garden is, according to restaurant critic AA Gill, "one of the most sought-after pieces of furniture in London".

Domestic workers in private homes suffer a hidden misery of exploitation, poor health and abuse

02 September 2008
Every year around 17,000 visas are granted to people from countries outside the European Union to come to Britain as domestic workers. The majority are women, carrying out jobs such as caring for children or other family members, cooking and cleaning.

Britain’s big name companies that rely on the gangmasters

02 September 2008
In agriculture, as in other low paid sectors, many workers are supplied by gangmasters or "mediators". They sometimes flout minimum wage legislation by deducting inflated sums for housing and transport directly from workers’ pay.

Migrant workers: ‘We deserve to be treated like human beings’

02 September 2008
Farming bosses have recently been bemoaning the lack of workers to bring in the harvest this year. While this is a refreshing change from scare stories about "floods" of migrants it still ignores the fact that conditions for migrant workers in Britain are appalling.

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