In Salford and seeking sanctuary

Article published: Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

What issues do the growing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers face in North Manchester and Salford, and are they being supported? Kathrin Ohlmann reports.

The first cupcake shop on Stockport Road

Article published: Thursday, February 28th 2013

In the first of our series on how migrants have shaped Manchester, Kathrin Ohlmann reports on the changing face of Levenshulme high street.

Serco wins UKBA contract to house asylum seekers across the North West

Article published: Wednesday, April 11th 2012

A company which already detains and deports asylum seekers in the UK has been awarded a government contract worth £175m to provide and manage accommodation, as well as transport, for asylum seekers in Manchester and the North West over the next five years.

A child, a bleeding anus, interrogation by the UK Border Agency

Article published: Thursday, January 19th 2012

In 2010, the last year for which figures are available, just over 1,700 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in this country. A new report from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, released just this week, exposed a shadowy deal between Britain and France where for 15 years often sick or traumatised children were subjected to instant interrogation once they hit the UK border. Clare Sambrook explains.

Let them work: campaigners call for the right to work for asylum seekers

Article published: Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Denied the right to work since 2002, destitution has soared among asylum seekers who seek sanctuary in the UK. Lawrence Carter speaks to one forced migrant about his experiences and takes a look at a campaign fighting to make a change.

Government agency spent £34,000 in bid to block free legal advice

Article published: Friday, February 18th 2011

A government body spent tens of thousands of pounds on barristers’ fees and used five members of staff to win a battle over funding against a local not-for-profit organisation which provides free access to legal services, MULE can reveal.

Public money wasted by Legal Services Commission

Article published: Monday, December 6th 2010

Public money is being ‘wasted’ while vulnerable people are denied access to justice, claim legal aid campaigners in Manchester. They are calling on the Legal Services Commission to back down from defending a challenge taken by two law centres to have their funding restored.