The CMWH along with other organisation attended the Migrant Organise meeting held on the 10/05/18 in Birmingham.
Migrant Organise is a platform that create a movement which is powerful and strong for migrant and refugee to expose the reality of the situation to public eye and politician.
The aim of the meeting was first of all to say fair well to Sunny Migrant Organiser Midlands, secondly follow up of the previous meeting to find out if we are ready to continue working with them to break the silence about the hostile environment and finally to invite us to their Strategy Planning Day which will take place in Manchester. The purpose of that will be to have a broad conversation on how to work together in other to understand our needs and they can offer.
Working with them will be a great opportunity on how to tackle issues which are facing asylum seekers and refugees but also how to get to the solutions. I believed that we can make change.
for more information visit: migrant organise
CMWH in partnership with CARAG invited the MP Jim Cunningham on the 20/04/18 to discuss about issues related to asylum seekers and refuges and how to stand against the hostile environment.
The first advice he gave us is to get in touch with the MP of own constituency.
Explain the situation in which we are going through
Try to explain the stories as it is because if you want them to get involve in cases they need to know everything.
If you want to approach your MP for any help you have to tell them your full detail, your date of birth , your reference number and also the reason why you are in this country.
If we want to achieve something we must stand as a group.
Here are some tips on how to engage with your MP
How to engage an MP.
Welcome and greet your MP.
- Thank them for taking time to come out.
Introduce yourself and the group (basic).
- Individual introductions.
- Explain what your project does.
Explain the reason for meeting-what are the issues.
- Issues Asylum Seekers face
Help the MP understand the issues – give personal or group case examples.
- e.g People who have been in the UK for +15 yrs and are failed asylum seekers have no right to support themselves, education, health care.
- e.g Syrian Asylum Seekers
Help your MP understand the issue.
- Because of this, people go through stress which cause other health issues like mental health issues, destitution & poverty. These people could be a boost to society & economy.
- Syria is suffering a terrible civil war and unthinkable to deport people back there.
Give the MP 2 solutions for the issue.
- Allow people to receive basic services, education & health care
- Grant people amnesty that have been in the country a long time status
- Grant Syrians status
Ask the MP what actions they will take.
- What are you going to do?
- Will you take this to your party & Parliament?
Ask the MP when/how this issue maybe resolved.
- Ask them for a time frame
- Follow up with phone calls, emails or meetings.
Find useful information on the parliament website:parliament debates
On the 8th of March we went to Westminster, for International Women’s Day. The campaign was about Safety, Dignity and Liberty for refugee and migrant women.
At the meeting were present many organisation and Mps. It’s was very impressive to see women fighting for their own rights in support with strong organisations such as Women for Refugee Women. What amazed us is that the Mps who were there delivered a powerful speech. We can see that they want to help women who are going through the hostile environment . They show us that we are not alone in these battle that all women women count. For more information visit https://www.allwomencount.co.uk/
On Wednesday the 7th of March Coventry Migrant Women’s House Residents alongside CARAG campaigned about women in detention who went on hunger strike two weeks ago.
We stand in solidarity with all asylum seekers who are going through the hostile environment.
Quaker is a well known religious group that help refugees and asylum seekers. They work with various organisations to tackle destitution. Group work on Wednesday 2nd of August at CMWH. The purpose of the job was to take out the hedge and tidy up the garage . The amazing job was done by seven people from Quakers. The residents from the house offered a lunch meal.
We attended the Right To Remain meeting on the 29/03/17 in Coventry. They talked about the Immigration Detention System.
Immigration Detention is a very important part of the asylum and immigration system. The home office said that “we put people in detention because is time for them to leave the country but they have refused to leave”.
Who can be detained?
In general anybody who does not have a permission to stay can be detained
o If your visa has come to an end
o Or you have just come to the UK and don’t have valid documents and visa
o Refused asylum seeker
It is important also to highlight that there is no time limit for detainees and UK and it’s one of the only countries that does not have it. The majority of people who has been detained were released back to the community so there is no reason to detain a person.
When you are detained?
When you go to report
Immigration raids in shops, restaurant, and train station etc.…
Things you can do to support yourself before detention
Think about having an action plan in case you are detained
o Home office reference number
o Telephone number of your friend, solicitor, and support group if you have one
o Consent letter which you can give to your friend to take to your landlord for her to get access to your house because you might need your some important documents or clothes etc.
o Copy of your house key
o Get some relevant document related to your immigration case prepared such as the refusal letter from home office and the judge if you have been to court, fresh claim etc.
o Date and time you are going to report
o Legal case update
Problem you can face when you are in detention
Mentally disturbed: but try to put yourself together, don’t isolate yourself, and talk to people because they can tell you information which are really important; ask about services they have in detention centre, befriending group, if you need a lawyer tell them.
After 7 days in detention centre you can apply for a BAIL which is a way of been released. However you have to get some people who are willing to stand up for you such as given their names and signing a paper saying that they will pay a certain amount of money if you do not respect your word like going to report for example. However the judge might refuse to give a bail if you do not have strong arguments. Bail for Immigration Detainees can stand up for you, despite the fact that you haven’t got any pending case, but you have to have an address to go after being released from detention.