Afghanistan came into the spotlight last August when the US withdrew its troops. But why did it have troops there in the first place? A look back to the origins of the conflict reveals how the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan has had ramifications not just for Afghanistan’s economy, people and culture but for the way it is perceived by others. For most in the West, Afghanistan has become synonymous with conflict, with detrimental consequences for achieving peace and stability.
Last week, a government advisory body called for the end of the UKs work ban on asylum seekers. The Home Office insist on its benefits, whilst #lifttheban supporters raise concerns about modern slavery, cost to taxpayers and the urgent need for frontline staff.
A new Nationality & Borders bill has been passed in UK parliament. It has been described as an attack on refugee rights and criticized for breaching international law. The bill includes changes that would mean residents could have their citizenship stripped without notification, people rescuing refugees could be prosecuted and asylum seekers could be processed outside the UK & handled differently depending on their route.
The UK Home Office have recently announced their plans for the construction of a new immigration detention centre. The centre would be situated in Hassockfield, County Durham and is expected to hold around 80 women. It would also be the first detention centre built by the Home Office since 2014.