‘Permanently temporary’ – migrants’ poverty & exploitation (25 Feb)

Taking Soundings event on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 6pm:

‘Being permanently temporary’: poverty and exploitation of migrants in the UK – Dr Hannah Lewis

The current coalition UK Government has signalled its clear intentions to decouple migration from settlement. Through a variety of increasingly complicated measures, immigration policy creates a hierarchy of rights to work, welfare and residency that sub-divide and segregate different groups of migrants. The restriction of basic rights and separation of movement in the labour market from social citizenship is creating routine poverty for large groups of migrants and opens up the possibilities for, and risks of exploitation of migrants, including severe exploitation in forced labour.

Are migrants now expected to contribute their skills and expertise in the UK labour market while being pushed into living in a condition of being ‘permanently temporary’, not knowing if and when they will be required to move or leave the UK? This talk will consider how a range of measures introduced to limit rights to family reunion, restrict spouse visas, and to reduce leave to remain are driving temporariness into all migrant categories, including those such as family migrants, refugees, EU migrants and even new citizens not technically part of ‘temporary migration’ programmes.

Hannah Lewis is a Research Fellow at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. She has recently published ‘Precarious lives Forced labour, exploitation and asylum’ with Policy Press, the first dedicated study to evidence forced labour experiences among people seeking asylum in the UK. Her research interests include community and social relationships, migration and refugee studies; immigration and asylum policy particularly in relation to destitution among refused asylum seekers in the UK; housing, volunteering, multiculturalism.

Hannah has been involved as a volunteer, practitioner, campaigner and researcher with a number of initiatives, movements and migrant and refugee organisations in the region such as the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Asylum Destitution Inquiry, the Leeds Better Asylum Housing Campaign, No to G4S, the Western Sahara Campaign, and the Leeds Solidarity Network. She is currently a trustee of Leeds Refugee Forum – the forum of refugee community organisations in Leeds.

Venue: Broadcasting Place, Leeds Beckett University, Woodhouse Lane (opposite the Fenton pub), Leeds LS2 9EN.

6pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

 

 

More protest against the Immigration Bill, & a celebration

Leeds No Borders has circulated this message via email:

We do hope you can join us and help spread the word for this special
evening of celebration!
There is also a protest in Sheffield against the immigration bill earlier
in the day.

* CELEBRATING MIGRANTS DAY *
Wednesday 18th December 2013
6pm Wharf Chambers 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ (behind Safran’s/near old
megabus stop)

All welcome, bring friends & family.

Free, donations appreciated.

Delicious food from 6pm – bring something to share if you can.

A night of short films, sharing stories, poetry, dance, drama and music
(if you have an ipod, bring it along and we will try to play your
favourite tunes!).

It’s ‘open mic’ so if you want to perform, just come along! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/690258674341741

Please get in touch if you need more information or would like to help out.
07466699812

* IMMIGRATION BILL PROTESTS *
It was great to see a good turn out last Saturday against the immigration
bill – many thanks to all who came.

WED 18th DEC SHEFFIELD 12PM
Sheffield are organising a regional protest on the 18th Dec against the
immigration bill and it would be fantastic to have Leeds represented.
Please get in touch if you can go/offer a lift. Megabus tickets are £5 and
we have funds for anyone who wants to go but can’t afford a ticket.

12pm Meet at the bottom of The Moor S1 4PL (near new market). March to the
Town Hall arriving at 12.30 then to UK Border Agency, arriving at Vulcan
House S3 8NU at 1pm
http://www.symaag.org.uk/2013/11/28/demonstrate-against-the-immigration-bill-sheffield-december-18th/

* LEEDS PUBLIC MEETING AGAINST IMMIGRATION BILL *
We are organising 2 public meetings in Harehills and at Leeds Uni at end
of Jan/early Feb, please get in touch if you are interested in getting
involved.

Many thanks for reading

No Borders – current campaigning activities

Leeds No Borders is a loose network of individuals sharing the idea that there should be freedom of movement for everyone and that no one is illegal. There used to be a very active group in Leeds that had regular meetings.
In the last few months a few people have restarted it by doing protests, campaign support, fund raisers & public meetings.

Coming up:

Thursday 31st October 1pm

nr St Aidens Church Harehills (phone for directions 07466699812)

Meeting for anyone fighting for the right to remain or anyone wanting to
support people doing this, using the NCADC toolkit as a guide.

Saturday 9th November 6.30pm til late
Leeds No Borders and ReachOUT benefit night at Wharf Chambers LS2 7EQ
A jam packed evening of food, poetry & music.
Free for asylum seekers/£5 waged/£3 unwaged
https://www.facebook.com/events/601938359869217

Monday 11th 6pm Wharf Chambers
Meeting to focus on how we can campaign against the immigration act. We will
discuss the key points about the act and work out a campaign strategy. The
deadline for submissions is 19th Nov so we need to act fast.
https://www.facebook.com/events/436614516440280

Thursday 21st November 1-2.30pm
Protest against racist immigration controls
UKBA Waterside Kirkstall Road LS4 2QB
https://www.facebook.com/events/284470515011349