A campaign VICTORY… but the struggle continues
One of our key campaign priorities has been to remove the almost automatic requirement for people to report in-person at a Home Office reporting centre.
Following our campaign The Home Office has now announced that telephone reporting is going to be the standard method of reporting, instead of in-person reporting.
Anyone who is waiting for a final decision on their application to live in Britain can be required to regularly “report” travel to an Immigration Reporting Centre. Every appointment carries the risk of being randomly taken to a detention centre. Every visit brings fear. These conditions amount to unfair, unjust and unnecessary harassment of migrants, and it has to stop!
The Abolish Reporting campaign is a coalition of grassroots groups, led by people with direct experience of the reporting system.
Care not surveillance: we want to see a society which welcomes all migrants and treats them with dignity. We believe that migrants should not be punished or surveilled, but rather, they should be supported and treated justly.
1. Immigration Enforcement and surveillance out of migrants’ lives
- We demand an end to reporting conditions, for everyone.
- We demand an end to the immigration bail regime.
- We demand an end to raids on local communities.
- We demand an end to data sharing practices between the statutory services and the home office, including local authorities, the NHS, the police, MP offices, social work teams, and schools.
- We demand an end to policies which turn private citizens and institutions into border guards, including the right to rent scheme and employer checks schemes.
2. Abolish and defund the Home Office enforcement functions
- We demand that funds spent on ineffective and cruel Home Office and enforcement systems be diverted and invested in community support and care for migrants to help them go through the immigration journey in a dignified way.
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Our campaign approach
The Abolish Reporting campaign focuses on the issue of reporting conditions firstly because this is a practice that is often detrimental to the welfare of many migrants and people seeking asylum. The Home Office often imposes very burdensome reporting conditions on individuals, and uses reporting events as an opportunity to detain and remove individuals.
Secondly, reporting condition also exemplifies clearly the insidious effects of the immigration enforcement system and the hostile environment policies. Reporting conditions are used by the government as a constant, unrelenting reminder for migrants and people seeking asylum that they do not belong and are not welcome. Reporting conditions isolate migrants and people seeking asylum and effectively put them under constant state of surveillance.
We are however keenly aware that reporting conditions are simply one symptom of the wider problems with the immigration enforcement system and the hostile environment policies.
Thus while it deserves attention, our efforts to abolish immigration reporting needs to be contextualised within the wider abolitionist framing. For instance, we are extremely alarmed and oppose the Home Office’s increasing use of GPS tags on migrants and people seeking asylum.
Our campaign therefore is based within and guided by the Fair Immigration Movement (FIRM) charter, which demands dignity, justice and welcome for all migrants. These principles form the guiding light to our approach to ensure that while we take actions against the very real, current issue of immigration reporting conditions, we do not lose sight of the wider problems and injustice besetting the immigration system.