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Sounds of gcp - Refugee festival scotland 2021
We are proud to be part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2021. To celebrate the festival, our community members will hit the airwaves with a two-hour show of music and chat, broadcast on Clyde Built Radio and Sunny Govan.
Listen along to hear music picked by members of our community groups and chat celebrating all things friendship, community, culture and collaboration. As well as providing a platform for community members to share music and stories, producing the show has provided the opportunity to develop valuable media and radio production skills.
Wherever you are in the world, tune in to Clyde Built Radio or Sunny Govan on from 1pm-3pm on June 15th! To listen to the show, visit clydebuiltradio.com or tune your radio to 103.5 FM. Check out the whole festival programme here.
Five Duncan Lewis clients challenge the consultation on the Home Office’s new plan for immigration
On 28th May 2021, Duncan Lewis Solicitors issued a judicial review proceeding on behald of five clients who stand to be affected by the Home Office's New Plan for Immigration. The Claimants are challenging the lawfulness of the Secretary of State for the Home Department's (SSHD) consultation on the New Plan for Immigration which ran from 24th March to 6th May 2021. Read more here.
RESPONSE TO THE NEW PLAN FOR IMMIGRATION
We at GCP have been extremely disheartened, frustrated and concerned about the new proposed plan for immigration put forward by the Home Secretary. The online consultation is in our view shambolic, tokenistic and unmeaningful. It is clearly constructed in a way which does not allow for responses to completely oppose the suggested measures in plans, has been timed in a way to exclude devolved nations from responding due the elections, and no consultation has taken place with those with lived experience of the UK immigration system. We have emailed our response as the online form did not allow space for us to include some of the comments from individuals with lived experience. We will be working with all of our colleagues and partners across the asylum sector and Scottish MPs to oppose the proposals and campaign for change which is inclusive and supportive, not divisive and inhumane.
Read our full response below.
SOVEREIGN BORDERS BILL MARCH 2021 - RESPONSE
We at GCP are extremely disheartened, frustrated and concerned about the Home Secretary’s new proposals for the UK asylum system. The proposals being put forward create a 2-tier system which creates a further inequity in an already divisive and inhumane system. This will further marginalise individuals seeking refuge.
We have released a full statement. Please read it below.
LEADERS 2021 EVENT
In early 2021, we hosted an event about the inclusion of experiences in refugee activism and policy-making in Glasgow and beyond. We were joined by a fantastic panel: Solomon Adebayo and Graham O'Neill (Refugees Ending Destitution project), Pinar Aksu (Maryhill Integration Network), Yvonne Blake (Migrants Organising for Rights & Entitlements), Nico Ndvolu, and Mehdi Saki (Glasgow Night Shelter) who spoke about their work and what more needs to be done to lead with Voices of Experience.
If you missed the event, you can view a summary of the discussion and the main takeaways below.
INTEGRATION NETWORK JOINT LETTER
Following the sad loss of a young man's life in hotel accommodation in Glasgow, GCP and our colleagues from other Integration Networks in the City have jointly written to the Secretary of State asking for an urgent investigation into the decisions taken to move asylum community members into hotel accommodation during the Covid-19 lockdown. View the full letter below.
ENDING DESTITUTION TOGETHER
We commend the Scottish Government and COSLA for acknowledging the importance of engaging with Experts by Experience in creating the new strategy to support migrants facing destitution. Along with the Scottish Refugee and funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, we are proud to have contributed to the development of the Ending Destitution Together strategy.
Read the full report here and read our summary of the strategy below.
GCP is part of the newly-formed Roof Coalition - a coalition of charities, lawyers and grassroots organisations upholding the housing rights of people seeking asylum in Scotland and beyond. To keep up to date with campaigning, follow Roof Coalition on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Getting involved with campaigns and activism is a big part of what we do at GCP. Check out some of the campaigns, joint letters and petitions we've signed recently: