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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.

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.

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.

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.

Campsfield hunger strikers fight deportation

19 August 2008
Nearly sixty asylum seekers detained at the Campsfield House detention centre, in Oxfordshire, went on hunger strike last week in protest at the brutal treatment they have suffered and their looming deportations.

Unions need to build among migrant workers

29 July 2008
To read the newspapers you would think that migrant workers were a new phenomenon – and a problematic one at that. What concerns the media though is a certain kind of migration.

Rowntree report shows ‘Immigration is not the problem’

22 July 2008
Many people in Britain value the cultural diversity that immigration brings, according to a new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that disputes many assumptions that underlie recent government policy over immigration.

Clinging to New Labour will benefit the right

22 July 2008
Last week a senior trade union figure addressed his members in London. Warning that immigration scares could benefit the far right, he argued the need to keep up support for Labour.

Why we should defend migrant workers

01 July 2008
Anyone reading the press or listening to politicians’ speeches will notice periodic attempts to whip up fears about immigration "running out of control" and to blame immigrants for creating all manner of social problems.

They Get Free Mobiles Don’t They?

29 April 2008
Anyone angry at the media’s constant attacks on asylum seekers will enjoy Banner Theatre Company’s latest production.

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