Year: 2010

New Website!

We’re very pleased to have launched our new site, please take a few minutes to look around and feel free to get in touch with your comments. We hope that the site will be a useful resource for you. To

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Volunteers Needed

PAFRAS are looking for two dedicated volunteers for high responsibility roles within the organisation. Driver We are looking for a driver able to transport food parcels from our food store on Ashton Road Industrial Estate two minutes down the road

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79% of Asylum Seekers are wrongly refused Legal Aid at appeal

A recent report by Devon & Cornwall Law Centre brings into question the system of funding legal aid for asylum seekers and the behaviour and practices of the both the Tribunal Service and legal representatives. The report, which details the

Posted in Asylum Policy, News

Deportation flight death of father of five

The tragic death of Jimmy Mubenga during his forced deportation to Angola on October 12 can have come as no surprise to the Home Office, which has been warned of the likelihood of just such an occurrence on numerous occasions

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Rainbow Hearts

PAFRAS is a Leeds based voluntary organisation providing emergency and short-term humanitarian assistance. We work primarily with refused asylum seekers focusing on those experiencing destitution as a result of the asylum process. Other migrant groups and communities are however increasingly

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Drop-in Closed for Two Weeks

October 5, PAFRAS were forced to close their twice weekly drop-in for safety reasons. The drop-in will reopen on October 24. In the interim food parcels will be distributed to needy clients at the car park of the usual venue

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Strawberries and Song

Saturday 17 July saw a large gathering take place at Shine on Harehills Road, in celebration of summer and the cultural diversity of Harehills. The event, part of this year’s Harehills Festival, raised over £800 for PAFRAS, money that will

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Punitive new rules on Further Submissions

In October 2009 the government changed the rules for submitting new evidence to support fresh asylum claims. The new rules have caused huge problems for destitute asylum seekers trying to present their evidence and strained the resources of support organisations.
Now anyone whose original claim for asylum was made after 4 March 2007 is required to submit fresh evidence in person at his or her reporting centre. Those who claimed before then are worst affected. They must now telephone the Further Submissions Unit (FSU) in Liverpool, arrange an appointment and then attend in person to submit their evidence.

Posted in Asylum Policy

Archbishop pays visit to drop-in

yorkshireeveningpost The Archbishop of York has called on the Home Secretary to stop the imprisonment of children in asylum cases. Dr John Sentamu issued his plea after he visited a drop-in centre in Leeds and met families trying to seek

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