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A word on #VaccinePassports... The Prime Minister standing in front of a podium at a corona
#VaccinePassports will create a two-tier society where some people can access services and others are shut out.

And it's the most marginalised whose rights will be worst affected.
No NHS number? Then you can't prove your vaccination status.

Many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, homeless people and migrants for example don't have NHS numbers.
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My mom got a UK driving licence a few years after she moved to the UK in the late 1970s. She’s now trying to renew it. @DVLAgovuk wants her to send her passport and proof of her immigration status but will not guarantee safe return of original documents. #hostileenvironment 1/ 🧵
She needs to swap old licence for a photo licence but it’s unclear why immigration status is relevant to licence renewal.@DVLAgovuk ‘s website makes the process sound simple for GB residents but in fact this is not true if you don’t have a British passport. #hostileenvironment 2/
One major issue is that many non-British citizens are invisible in UK systems because they’re not on the electoral roll. Every year when she tries to renew her car tax @DVLAgovuk refuses to believe that she has lived in her house for 30 years. #hostileenvironment 3/
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Home Office chief responds to that devastating long read by @trillingual.

The two pieces capture the central schizophrenia of pledges to become more humane after #Windrush while dialing up hate against asylum seekers in service of the Conservative re-election strategy.
We see this schizophrenia every day in our dealings with Home Office leaders.

I don't doubt the sincerity of their commitment to implement lessons from the #Windrush review.
I've seen at close range the changes in mindset when it comes to thinking about institutionalised cruelty & discrimination.

Some Home Office leaders even wrote to me with their reflections on a piece that @SatbirLSingh and I wrote on the #Windrush review…
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This is our country. Not the #ToryDictatorship. People @pritipatel United

When we come TOGETHER against the #ToryDictatorship even the Police cannot stop us.

Peaceful. Protest

We do NOT accept your #HostileEnvironment policy. We do NOT accept your racism.

We are the 99%

Your brief flirtation with authoritarianism is over.

Never say never friends.
We are NOT the Left or the Right.

We are People.

With families.




Things you know nothing of Priti Patel .

This is OUR country.

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Join our WEBINAR on 25th March 2021 w/t @slatter_alexis @jamildhanji & @saraanzani as they explore new post-Brexit imm rules surrounding the handling of non-EU asylum claims under 3rd country inadmissibility principles.
⏰12 pm
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Senior practitioners @slatter_alexis @jamildhanji & @saraanzani are live now with their webinar exploring the new post-Brexit immigration rules on non-EU asylum asylum claims under the new “Third Country Rules”
@saraanzani is starting off by looking at the Secretary of State's stated rationale for the changes which includes the intention to treat certain asylum claims as inadmissible
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"I wish to assure that the Home Office is making sure lessons have been learned and changes are being made to the approach it takes."

Yeah, right.

#HostileEnvironment #inLimbo
There is absolutely no excuse for such an inhumane treatment by the Home Office.

#HostileEnvironment #inLimbo

@lisaocarroll @gilestremlett @the3million…
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Watching the #Stansted15 appeal today, extending solidarity on behalf of @LSWUnited and @blkprotestlegal. @bencsmoke live tweeting the proceedings and I’ll be posting some updates too. Clare Montgomery QC currently setting out the grounds on behalf of the appellants.
The language of the Act should be interpreted restrictively. The offence is one of the utmost seriousness, carrying a potential life sentence and subject to universal jurisdiction.
Immense concerns raised about the chilling effect these convictions have on legitimate public protest. The ramifications of applying terrorism related legislation in this context could mean those supporting/encouraging the #Stansted15’s actions are also caught in the same web
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Doesn’t matter how glaring the actual problems are facing the country - a malfunctioning testing system during a global pandemic, a No Deal Brexit approaching, mass unemployment - but someone in government will always point fingers on the powerless, on foreigners & human rights.
Another week, another flat out UK govt confrontation with international law - this time pursuant to our obligations under the Refugee Convention.

Can’t put it better than this by @BellaSankey.
Not content with piling up ways to violate international law, we now have another Home Office attack on lawyers.

We have a govt now consistently undermining the rule of law.

This is dangerous, not least from a Home Office so embroiled in #HostileEnvironment policies. #DoGood
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So, yesterday it was the anniversary of my arrival into the UK when I chose it as my home. 17 years ago. I studied, worked, made friends, married, had a child, moved across cities and nations in the union. I can recognise most regional accents, I get all Brit comedy . 1)
I read and teach English literature. I am a British citizen. But there is nothing you can do to stop the system reminding you that you do not belong. Today, as I reached for my Saturday paper by the postbox I get a letter from HM passport office 2)
The letter was about my application to renew my son’s British passport ( he was born in the uk 5 years ago). Well, the letter tells me that not all children born from EU parents have the right to citizenship 3)
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Hmm. Maybe @DCMS could explain the "regulatory barriers" to "secure digital identities" 👇 and - if indeed they exist - why they weren't addressed for, say, @GOVUKverify? They've had a decade to do this, after all...… Image
...and I think @DCMS will find that people have been doing online #shopping and #banking quite happily for many years before #COVID19, without the need for #GovernmentID!

In what way has this "become essential" now? Image
#DigitalSignatures for contracts are indeed a use case. But again, I've been using them (e.g. with my accountant) for years. And getting the Government involved in what it acknowledges is already a stressful process seems... counterintuitive. Some might even say risky! Image
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The death of Mercy Baguma is appalling - don't let anyone tell you that it is just a one-off though. This has happened before, and without urgent policy change it is likely to happen again. Here's why (Thread) #NRPF #UKDestitution #HostileEnvironment
It seems impossible that this could happen in the UK, let alone repeatedly, but here are two other examples. In 2016, a mother and her two-year-old daughter starved to death in Kent:…
In 2010, a baby starved to death in London. His mother died soon after:…
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We are a group of people of colour who are supportive of #YesCymru and discussions in #Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 for #independence/#annibyniaeth.

We have created YesCymruPOC to adequately address topics of equality, representation, diversity and race in the #Welsh independence movement. 1/
Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 has a future beyond an unequal relationship in the Union🇬🇧, one that is based on exploitation, poverty and a lack of a developed public political sphere in Wales. 2/
Equally, we acknowledge the monolithic discussions on #independence/#annibyniaeth🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 that have, at nearly every turn, erased the voices+contributions of #PeopleofColour in #Wales and the lived realities of race, racism and the #HostileEnvironment.
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Have you all read .@michaelgove's Ditchley Lecture?

"The Privilege of Public Service" runs to 139 paragraphs over 69 (double-spaced) pages.

The main topic is civil service *reform* —but it covers so much more & raises interesting QUESTIONS...

MG quotes Antonio Gramsci,"The crisis consists precisely of the fact that the inherited is dying—and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear."

In our case the inherited was assassinated, the loss an uncompensated diminishment...

Brexiters have put NOTHING forward to compensate for stripping 66m of us Brits of our #FreedomOfMovement — a FREEDOM millions in service industries rely on it to do our jobs. Without it, we're less competitive on our own Continent.

Govt isn't even being honest abt it...

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This is great news! @pritipatel has committed to a full review of the UK's #HostileEnvironment.

This policy is dangerous because it stops people accessing healthcare when they need it.

We look forward to a new approach that's "rooted in humanity". 1/4…
AND the govt. has pledged another £85m for housing rough sleepers during #Covid19UK.

This follows calls from councils & charities, incl. @DOTW_UK, for ongoing support for people experiencing homelessness, who would otherwise struggle to stay safe. 2/4…
Our report #AnUnsafeDistance highlighted the many direct & indirect benefits of the Everyone In scheme, incl. improving rough sleepers' access to healthcare & support services.

See our recommendations going forward 👇… 3/4
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1. For #WindrushDay I'm going to share the story of Zaffar Mirza, a 56 year old Pakistani man who was lawfully living with his family in Edinburgh until one day he lost his passport and became a victim of the #HostileEnvironment, two years before the #Windrush scandal broke.
2. In 1967, aged 8, Mr Mirza moved from Pakistan to London with his family. He had a difficult youth, and spent some time in local authority care and juvenile detention before moving to Scotland aged 17. There, he met and married a British woman, Mrs Begum, one year later.
3. Together they raised a family. All of their children were British. He chose not to apply for British citizenship himself, always viewing his status in the UK as secure. After all, his Pakistani passport contained a 1970s stamp which clearly stated he had indefinite leave.
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On #WindrushDay, we call on the @ukhomeoffice to immediately suspend #HostileEnvironment policies that prevent migrants in vulnerable circumstances from accessing public services - and to implement the recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review. 1/4
Our report #AnUnsafeDistance found that migrants continue to avoid hospitals for fear of overseas visitor charging & NHS data sharing.

This is despite #COVID19 testing & treatment being made exempt. 2/4
"Hostile environment policies have eroded trust in healthcare services to such a degree that even if the message of COVID-19 charging exemptions reaches asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, it is not sufficient reassurance for some." 3/4
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Remember. Reflect. Unite. 💚

Three years since the #GrenfellTower tragedy, victims still don’t have answers with a gov inquiry on hold due to #COVID19.

Meanwhile, thousands of people still live in unsafe homes & their mental health is suffering.
In the wake of the fire, our GP volunteers helped Grenfell survivors get back on their feet.

They found undocumented migrants & asylum seekers living at Grenfell were too scared to seek help for fear of being reported to the @ukhomeoffice 🤐 Image
This is still a problem today.

Our report #AnUnsafeDistance shows fear & distrust of authorities is preventing migrants, asylum seekers & other excluded groups from accessing healthcare during COVID-19.

We must put an end to this #HostileEnvironment. ✊
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Thank you @ameliagentleman for drawing attention to @JCWI_UK & @DOTW_UK's calls to #scrapNRPF.

Job losses due to COVID-19 have significantly impacted migrants with no access to benefits & they are now struggling to feed their families & pay rent in this #HostileEnvironment.
Since the start of #COVID19, we've seen a huge increase in calls to our advice line from people facing destitution.

Our Rapid Needs Assessment confirms that excluded people, but particularly those with NRPF, are experiencing new destitution & homelessness.

But there's hope...
We've made it easy for the gov, identifying 12 ways it can reduce the pandemic's impact on excluded groups, incl:

👉 lift the NRPF condition on all visas
👉 strengthen destitution prevention & support for people in vulnerable circumstances

Find out more:…
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A #thread of books exploring racism and race. It includes fiction, poetry, non-fiction because we need to hear many voices.

These are UK-centric because we are here trying to dismantle white supremacy in Britain.
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK
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@Praxis_Projects confirms migrants are too scared to seek healthcare, even for #COVID19.

Our Rapid Needs Assessment reveals people without secure immigration status avoid health services for fear of being charged for treatment & NHS data sharing. 1/3…
“The NHS has spent 6 years sending letters to these people saying they aren’t entitled to NHS care & that they’re going to be reported to the Home Office. And that’s worked... You can’t just turn that fear off now when you want people to come forward.” - DOTW staff member 2/3
We've made 12 recommendations based on the RNA's findings, incl. for the UK Govt to immediately suspend #hostileenvironment policies that prevent vulnerable migrants from accessing public services. 3/3

Find out more 👉…
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Whilst we welcome news that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will be scrapped for NHS and social care workers - WE MUST GO FURTHER ⬇️⬇️ 1/
Since it’s introduction in 2015, we have called for an end to the IHS for ALL 2/
It acts as a form of double taxation on people who already pay to use the NHS through their taxes, penalising people simply because they weren’t born here 3/
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My article in @GreenWorld_UK on
Pls RT and share…
@TheGreenParty @LonGreenParty @GreensofColour @thgreenparty
How is structural prejudice on racial grounds laid bare in our collective response to the Coronavirus pandemic? How can we use the galvanising force of a global crisis to properly tackle racial and social inequality?
A third of people in intensive care for Covid-19 are also from BAME backgrounds; greatly disproportionate to their population.

Who, if anyone, is to blame? Greens rightly continue to interrogate statements and assumptions made by the government.
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On the 12th March we outlined our position that the Immigration Health Surcharge should be scrapped, not increased - read our statement at:… (1/THREAD) #ScrapTheSurcharge #PatientsNotPassports
This was the day after @RishiSunak announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) – paid at point of visa application/renewal would rise from £400/year to £624/year (disgustingly, as he announced Coronavirus measures)

2/Thread #ScrapTheSurcharge #PatientsNotPassports
On 12th March we said:
* #ScrapTheSurcharge in its entirety
* Charging for NHS access is about govt tearing up universal care, not raising money
* IHS is an additional tax on migrants
* The IHS is motivated by furthering xenophobic & racist narratives /3 #PatientsNotPassports the Immigration Health Surc...
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THREAD. A week ago I wrote this on the contribution that #migrants and #refugees make to the response to #coronavirus. Since then I have been collecting information on HOW this happens in different countries to learn for the future.
#migration #COVID19…
At @ODIdev we will be tracking and analysing these actions/innovations, for now here is an overview

First up the #USA where #NY state takes action allowing qualified graduates of foreign medical schools to contribute to the #Covid_19 emergency response…
Still in the #USA, the State Department is on the lookout for medical professionals abroad willing to work in the #US. As long as they have a valid visa....mhh.....🙄

#COVID19 #migration #keyworkers #coronavirus

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