Category Archives: Refugees & asylum

Immigration: what is it like for a child?

TweetHow does a young child cope when he is suddenly uprooted from the people and places he loves and confronted with a new home in a distant, completely alien land? What was it like for a child to be among … Continue reading

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Photo project promotes Roma and new migrant culture

TweetThe intriguing photographs here are from those in a new exhibition created by children from Roma, Slovak and Polish communities in east London, The works, created using pinhole photography, have been produced by 12 young people aged eight to 14 … Continue reading

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This is a pants story

TweetWhose pants do you pop on? Whose name’s in your knickers? Who’s behind your briefs? Who styled your smalls? And just where is this intro going? Enough already. While retail guru Mary Portas last night kicked off her pledge to … Continue reading

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Stephen Greenhalgh: localism hero or demolition man?

TweetStephen Greenhalgh is hated and feted. To Labour, he is a tyrant for keeping council tax low at the expense of frontline services in the west London borough he has led since 2006. To the Conservatives, he is a town … Continue reading

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How the housing safety net is shrinking further

TweetAs councils tighten eligibility criteria for housing at the same time as benefit cuts hit, charities warn of an increase in homelessness. With the trend growing for councils to overhaul their allocation policies, there are fresh concerns about people being … Continue reading

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No voice for the vulnerable

TweetCan you imagine being so desperate for affordable legal advice that you go on an eight-hour, 300-mile bus trip just to get help? I came across such a case seven years ago; a Welsh man facing eviction from his council-owned … Continue reading

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Illegal immigrants:not as simple as sending them all home

TweetPeter Solomon, 46, is a former trade union representative who spent 17 years in the transport sector. He is a hardworking taxpayer and father-of-three who, until recently, worked as a security guard in Manchester where he rented a flat. He … Continue reading

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Reunion for refugee families

TweetWhen Almaz Berhanu Yesbasa fled Ethiopia for political reasons, leaving behind her husband and four daughters, two years passed before she saw her family again. She was granted refugee status in the UK but did not know where her daughters … Continue reading

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