ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM BOTH LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS TO LIB DEM LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES.

LD4SOS have asked each of the candidates for leadership of the Lib Dems the same set of questions, on issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees.

These are their answers, so we hope it helps you to decide who to vote for in the leadership election

ANSWER TO QUESTIONS FROM LD4SOS FROM BOTH LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES

Also Lib Dem Immigrants have asked questions relevant of the work this do, of both candidates.

you can see the answers here, again hoping it helps people to decide who to vote for.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM LIB DEM IMMIGRANTS TO LIB DEM LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES

REFUGEE WEEK CALLS FROM LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Photo courtesy of Safe Passage

REFUGEE WEEK CALLS FROM LIBERAL DEMOCRATS.

Liberal Democrats believe that seekers of sanctuary in the UK should be treated humanely, with compassion and respect. They work to do what they can to implement this, and to end the hostile environment.

This Refugee Week, two calls have been made about our commitment to refugees from war torn countries coming here.

Farron calls on Government to take 10,000 child refugees

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has tabled a motion in Parliament urging the Government to resettle 10,000 refugee children in the UK over the next 10 years – a call backed by the refugee charity Safe Passage and cross-party group of MPs.
The Early Day Motion also calls on the Government to urgently fill the remainder of the 480 places under the so-called ‘Dubs Amendment’ (Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016), after the Home Office has said that just over 220 unaccompanied refugee children have been relocated from elsewhere in Europe since the scheme began in 2016.

After tabling his motion, Tim Farron said:

“Theresa May’s Conservative Government has failed to uphold the UK’s commitment to child refugees. It is shameful that they’ve taken just 220 children under the Dubs Amendment, which was originally meant to welcome 3,000.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. If Theresa May is to rescue any legacy at all she should use her last days in office to finally fulfil the promise under the Dubs Amendment. It is time to make a new commitment to provide sanctuary to 10,000 more refugee children over the next ten years.
“The UK must not turn its back on those who’ve been forced to flee their homes and now live in destitution and fear.”

There is more information in this article in Politics Home.

Davey Calls Tory Refugee Resettlement Plan “Woefully Inadequate”.

In addition, earlier in Refugee Week, Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesman Ed Davey called the statement on resettlement plans from the Home Secretary “woefully inadequate”

Sajid Javid committed the Government to take another 5,000 refugees in 2020-21, but Ed Davey said: 
“Millions of people around the world have been forced to flee their homes by war and persecution, and the Conservative Government’s response is woefully inadequate.
“Today’s announcement from the Home Secretary falls far short of the 10,000 refugees a year that the Liberal Democrats have been calling to be resettled here, and there is nothing in it for the unaccompanied refugee children still sleeping rough in northern France.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. The UK must provide safe, legal routes to sanctuary for far more refugees, including resettling unaccompanied children from elsewhere in Europe and allowing those already here to sponsor their parents and other close family to join them.”

You can see more about Lib Dem agreed policy on unaccompanied children and all other refugees, here, and more details of our other policies on Refugees and Asylum Seekers here.

 

DECISION MAKING ON ASYLUM APPLICATIONS

A radical and effective way of making decisions on claims for asylum must be brought in.  It is no use tinkering around the edges and making little adjustments.  The issue has been highlighted by The Guardian here https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/07/home-office-abandons-six-month-target-for-asylum-claim-decisions?fbclid=IwAR0gEIY-YFU6MCKCrEOJlcpSmtNvonc2K9esjSjc-Yb_1JJOEMCab_LOku8

The quality of decision making must always be upheld, by fully trained case worker, with realistic targets to both eliminate the backlog and process new applications.

Our Lib Dem policy on decision making is here http://libdemfocus.co.uk/ld4sos/archives/1447 and you can see the submission that LD4SOS made to the Home Office consultation here sUBMISSION TO UKVI ON TIMES TO MAKE DECISIONS

ANOTHER PUSH TO END INDEFINITE DETENTION ( update)

There has never been a better parliamentary opportunity to finally end indefinite detention for immigration purposes. Ending such indefinite detention has long been a key policy for Lib Dems. It has featured in both the 2015 and 2017 manifestos. You can see more detail on our policy paper here. Our MPs and Peers have taken lots of opportunities in Parliament to raise and campaign on the issue. We have worked with Detention Forum who have done brilliant work with all parties and none, too

There is an amendment, that has cross-party support with 100% of Lib Dem MPs signing it.  Also some Labour, Conservative, DUP, Change, Green, SNP, and Plaid MPs already signed up.  Here is an UPDATED List of Conservative MPs to target

We don’t know when this will come before Parliament, but it could be any time now, and it is essential that as many MPs as possible, from all parties are signed up to it.

Detention Forum have drawn up this note that can be sent to MPs. You can see from the link above which MPs have already signed.

So please take the time to send the message below, that is in italics, to make sure that this amendment will be agreed, and we put an end to the inhumane practice of locking people up with no time limit.

We understand that your time in Parliament will be focused on other pressing matters but we hope you would consider supporting the amendments tabled to the Immigration Bill that would introduce a 28-day time limit on how long an individual can be held in immigration detention.  This link takes you to the amendment.

Just recently the Home Affairs Select Committee released their report into immigration detention and ‘found serious problems with almost every element of the immigration detention system’ and reiterated the need for a 28-day time limit in immigration detention.

This follows the Joint Committee on Human Rights report earlier this year which also called for a 28-day time limit. “

Detention Forum say “We would be happy to provide further briefing on the issue and to the amendment more specifically. For now we are asking MPs to add their names to amendments NC1 – NC8 in the immigration Bill. Further briefings will be available ahead of Report Stage. “

EU WIDE PRINCIPLES and POLICIES

LD4SOS have issued this statement of Lib Dem Policies relating to refugees and asylum seekers, relevant to the current European Parliamentary elections  on 23rd May

EU-wide principles

  • We reiterate our commitment to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and to the right of every person to seek and enjoy asylum.
  • We support the creation of ‘safe and legal routes to Europe’ through the introduction of humanitarian visas.
  • We endorse EU search and rescue operations and tackling criminal people-smuggling.
  • We strongly oppose all forms of racism, division of societies and hatred against human beings.

We believe the UK should play an active part in Europe by:

  • Implementing in full Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 welcoming unaccompanied refugee children, expanding the commitment to 10,000 children over the next 10 years
  • Speeding up processes for taking unaccompanied children with established family links in the UK
  • Offering safe and legal routes to the UK for at least 10,000 refugees a year by expanding the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme to cover other conflict zones such as Myanmar
  • Ending the travesty of the Calais camps by committing to properly assess applications of those with relevant links to the UK