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UK & EU refugees & migration. LGBT+, feminism & generalised incoherent ranting to boot. I do research & campaigns. Dehumanisation is not a line, it is a circle.
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May 8 9 tweets 3 min read
Because none of the 6 or 7 reports released this year by credible academics, researchers & service providers detailing horrendous exploitation, & debt bondage driven by the temporary work visa system Jenrick oversaw, seem to have been covered on #r4today🤷‍♀️

🧵👇 This @FocusOnLabour report reveals migrant farm workers are unable in practice to change employer due to visa restrictions, leaving them trapped when underpaid or not given enough work.
They can then be coerced into poor living &working conditions #r4today labourexploitation.org/publications/b…
Apr 23 4 tweets 1 min read
The Rwanda bill passed.

Very few asylum seekers will ever be sent there, but this morning, thousands of homeless men, women & children who came to us with nothing & asked for help but we left in limbo, have fear hanging over them of violent deportation to a dictatorship #r4today And it’s the violence I want you to think about today.

Because there is no way to carry out the deportations Sunak is crowing about without serious violence.

People will struggle, they’ll be restrained, may attempt to self harm or kill themselves. Over & over again. #r4today
Apr 3 4 tweets 1 min read
The old “ID cards to stop migration” argument again 🙄🙄

Unnecessary, expensive, exclusionary nonsense.

They have ID cards across EU - FAMOUSLY a region with no issue of undocumented migration???

Just grasping to reinforce a false narrative that migration is a threat #r4today WE DONT NEED expensive, bureaucratic ID systems.

That’s not how you solve the issue of real people denied papers to safely undertake journeys to safety, community & opportunity.

It’s just another recycled sideshow from people with no answers for society’s real problems #r4today
Mar 9 9 tweets 2 min read
I think we’re still very unlikely to see a May election. I tend to agree with those like @lewis_goodall who argue, why would Sunak go for certain defeat today, over probable defeat tomorrow?

But there’s a scenario playing out in my head now that I can’t stop thinking about, so… We know the Labour lords are not planning to stand up too hard against the “safety of Rwanda” bill. Maybe one or two rounds of pinpoint but likely wrapped up within a week.

That means the bill is almost certain to pass unamended by 26 March when parliament rises.
Mar 1 6 tweets 2 min read
The news will be all about Galloway today - that’s why the government published these 13 immigration inspection reports in one go yesterday, to bury them.

But the scale & degree of chaos, mismanagement, dereliction of duty & incompetence they reveal is astounding, truly #r4today
Image Quality control of asylum decisions abandoned
Kids put at risk of trafficking
Country risk research incoherent
Inadequate security checks in airports…

in a sane country the whole government would resign. Instead they carry on, just without the independent scrutiny🤷‍♀️ #r4today
Feb 27 20 tweets 4 min read
David Neal,

(former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders & Immigration sacked last week by Cleverly for telling the papers about chaos at the Home Office who sat on 14 of his reports in a row without publishing them)

is about to give evidence to HASC parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/3c… Neal opens:

"I've been sacked for doing my job and doing what the law requires of me"

Oooh he's mad.
Nov 27, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
Leaked proposals to reduce immigration are a joke:

1. Raising salary threshold is classist & pointless, only limits our ability to recruit doctors, nurses, etc

Many jobs are excluded from minimum salary thresholds anyway cos we so badly need workers incl care & farming #r4today 2. Putting a cap on the number of health & social care worker visas… do I have to explain why this is counter-productive, unpopular & idiotic?

An arbitrary cap based on anti-migrant politics rather than our actual healthcare needs is insane & bound to be reversed #r4today
Nov 10, 2023 12 tweets 3 min read
I feel the need to break down why this article has got it so, so wrong.

It's central argument is we can increase migration, and embrace it, as long as we show we can have tough borders & wont let asylum seekers cross them irregularly.

Sounds tempting... economist.com/leaders/2023/1… There are 2 ways in which it is wrong -

1. There's no evidence we embrace the 'good' migrants once we've kicked the 'bad' ones hard enough. We just shift who the bad ones are.

2. It is only by regulating irregular migration we can stop it - even increasing visas isn't enough.
Aug 17, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
Senegal has been in political crisis - ignored in our news - for months.
Deadly violence, internet shutdowns and repression.

There is no safe way for the victims to escape and build the safe futures they have every right to hope for.

So we let them die at sea. 63 more today. For as long as I’ve been alive, European politicians have pursued the same strategy of increased cruelty, cutting rights, passing the buck, & demonisation.

It has never worked. It will never work.
When will we be tired of insisting the solution is more of this cycle of failure?
Jun 17, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Greek authorities’ story has changed again.
This is what refugee pushbacks & passing the buck inevitably leads to.

Finally the world is looking at Greece’s deadly migration policies. But as @minnierahman says, these are also UK policies, enacted on a different coastline #r4today The UK has learned all the wrong lessons from Greece.

Their brutal response has led directly to more deaths.

There is no way to make people who have nothing left, only hope, disappear. If we don’t offer alternatives, they will risk the crossing & smugglers will profit. #r4today
May 13, 2023 10 tweets 3 min read
Riddle me this, cos I’m seriously thinking it through.
Starmer is right on a couple of things, namely the Tories are no longer what they used to be, but a far right populist, extremist outfit. And Labour have moved into the ground vacated, & are now a moderate right wing party… Who is our left or even centre-left option?

Cos it’s fine if Starmer’s Labour is “coming out” as the real Conservatives. You do you.

But neither me, nor my family, nor most young people have ever, nor plan to ever, vote Conservative you see. Not under any name or colour…
May 12, 2023 9 tweets 4 min read
High net immigration figures will be built up into a frenzy in the next weeks. A couple things to remember:

- the rise is driven by people on visas, not asylum seekers, who remain a tiny proportion

- the immigrants are people who bring huge positives to our communities #r4today - The immigrants being from India & china “instead” of the EU is a neutral.
The only thing that matters is what rights they have on their visas

- More people’s visas now are short-term & highly restrictive, that do not have a pathway to settlement.
That’s not positive #r4today
May 10, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
Today, the government’s “stop the boats” #RefugeeBanBill debated in the Lords

The Bill means when people come to us asking for help, we will no longer assess whether they are refugees or not- We’ll simply lock all of them up, regardless

Only traffickers will welcome it #r4today People will always try to seek safety in the UK.
We are one of the richest, safest countries on Earth & we colonised a third of it, leaving ties of language & community behind.
We abandoned Afghans, we are abandoning the Sudanese. They won’t give up because of this Bill #r4today
May 5, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
It's come to my attention again that few people have any idea what the government's "stop the boats" illegal migration bill does, so:

It ends the right to seek asylum in the UK.

No decsions. No applications will be processed. From Afghans to Albanians. Limbo forever for all. There are infinitessimally small caveats but this is essentially the truth & the whole story.

In plain & simple terms: No one coming to us for help (or any reason) will have their claim for protection heard anymore, ever.

They'll all be detained, all be left in barges & hotels.
Mar 29, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
I wrote a piece on how to respond to the #RefugeeBanBill and whether safe routes/humanitarian visas are the answer.

Proud of this one, although I don’t know how many friends it will make me..

It’s the principle of territorial asylum we have to defend now opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-traf… In short, we’re dancing on the head of a pin contorting our demands into the space considered “politically viable” to protect ever shrinking numbers of “good refugees” through safe routes.

No proposal I’ve seen would actually remove the need for some to take irregular journeys..
Mar 28, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
Not only has the government been housing Afghan refugees in inadequate temporary hotel accommodation for years.

They will also pass the #RefugeeBanBill today that blanket denies protection to ALL Afghans coming & asking for our help & says we’ll send them to Rwanda.
#r4today I’m not sure how it happened.

How can it be that #r4today has a story on Afghan refugees on THE SAME DAY the government will pass a law through its next stage in parliament that will deny ALL Afghans reaching us protection from now on and not mention it?
Mar 19, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
All the client media puff pieces about Braverman’s Rwanda stunt don’t change the fact that it’s morally abhorrent to transport men, women & children and dump them halfway around the world in a country the size of Wales, whose people live under dictatorship & largely in poverty. The real impact of deportations to Rwanda or of Braverman’s anti-refugee Bill will be to push people back into hiding in trucks, back into the shadows, staying hidden from authorities and at the mercy of criminals & exploitation in our communities. Undocumented numbers will soar.
Mar 9, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
By my reading, this is actually very bad news for the government.

The only chance of realistically removing large numbers of people to safe countries is, of course, a deal with the EU.
& Sunak is definitely hoping for that from the FR-UK summit on Friday.
news.sky.com/story/eu-warns… EU states are furiously trying to pass their own asylum law package & France is in the process of passing a new immigration law (which experts tell me is extremely bad news too, I'm afraid).

The UK isn't their priority & I doubt they're keen to be associated with the new mess.
Mar 8, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
This is my favourite question 🥰

Let’s be clear: if the Home Secretary cannot say that her Bill respects the fundamental rights of the most vulnerable in society, it. must. be. thrown. out. #r4today

Here are some ways you good folks can help: 1. Write to your MP.

If they’re a Tory, tell them that you want them to throw this Bill out & focus on fixing the NHS & getting sewage out the rivers instead of wasting our money defending its illegal cruelty to refugees in court.

If not, say you expect them to fight it 💪💪
Mar 7, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
When Suella Braverman lays her hateful anti refugee bill in parliament today, she’ll say refugees should take legal routes, or we will wash our hands of them.

When she does, think of Yosra, a 52 female Afghan judge, refused safe travel to the UK. #r4today independent.co.uk/news/world/mid… If Yosra, like many other brave Afghans escaping the Taliban, made her way to the UK on her own, this government says it will do “whatever it takes” to restrict her access to human rights defences, that they’ll detain her, remove her - to anywhere - & ban her from the UK #r4today
Mar 6, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
The anti refugee Bill, take 2, won’t work, any more than before.

Except of course to cause misery, cost vast amounts of money, drive people into hands of criminals & further divide us.

People move. People crossing the Channel have nowhere else to go & nothing to lose. #r4today #r4today