In 2005, Manuel Bravo, 35, walked to a stairwell of the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Center carrying a bedsheet. He hung himself. The note he left indicated that he had done it so that his son, Antonio Bravo, 13, could remain in the United Kingdom to be educated.
The pair were to be deported back to war-torn Angola the next day, where they alleged that they had been victims of abuse by the ruling party. Now, Antonio is 19, training to be an electrician, speaking in Yorkshire dialect, no longer speaks his native Porteguese, and will be deported back to Angola if his humanitarian visa is not extended. "My family, they're English," he said, referring to the Beaumonts (his adoptive family). "Britain, that's my culture." [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers
on Aug 27, 2011 -
is a new independent film (trailer
, briefly NSFW) by London-based directors Ramin Goudarzi Nejad
& Mahshad Torkan. It tells the story of Kiana Firouz, a filmmaker, actress, and lesbian activist who fled Iran after authorities learned of her attempt to make an underground documentary about the lives of Iranian gays and lesbians
. According to this interview
, Firouz didn't write the film, but plays herself. Earlier this month, her asylum petition was allegedly denied
. The denial shouldn't have been surprising according to statistics in a report
(pdf) by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group
, which states that the refusal rate for lesbians and gay men is as high as 98-99%. Although the Home Office claims it takes the sexual orientation of asylum seekers into consideration, laws which permit deportation of gay and lesbian asylum seekers have recently been challenged
in the supreme court.
posted by treepour
on May 13, 2010 -
Two recent reports on immigration in the UK, a published study
on its economic effects, and an expert panel report
on its and public service consequences, paint very different pictures. Not that the press need logic or evidence: they made their minds
up about those Poles
a long time ago, like people did about the West Indians
. Is a rational debate on immigration even possible?
posted by athenian
on Oct 16, 2007 -