Lift the ban – petition being delivered to parliament next week

It is more than a year since both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council voted to support asylum seekers being able to work with county councillors voting unanimously in favour of the move. This councils’ actions followed months of activity in Hastings and St Leonards to raise awareness of the Lift the Ban […]

Indefinite Immigration Detention: A national scandal

An amendment to limit detention to 28 days is to be debated within days. Irfan Chowdhury from the Campaigns Team at Hastings Community of Sanctuary describes the reality of this inhumane practice, and explains how to support this amendment. The UK is currently the only country in Europe which has no time limit on immigration […]

Ensuring Hastings offers a place of sanctuary

Local people are being encouraged to extend a hand of friendship and to welcome refugees fleeing Northern France. Between 6.30am and midday on Sunday four boats containing 72 refugees landed on local beaches. They were all brought to Hastings to be medically assessed before being transferred to immigration officials.  Tony Eastaugh, Home Office Director for […]

Modern slavery… ‘we know it is happening in Hastings’

We do not yet know the full story of how 39 people came to be found dead in a lorry in Essex. The deaths highlight the activities of ruthless people smugglers – and the connected issue of modern slavery, when those migrants who make it illegally to Britain are employed in black market sweat shops […]

Maya Evans in conversation about Afghanistan

Click the link above to hear Maya Evans talking about new book, Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war published tomorrow! Hollington’s borough councillor Maya Evans is a renowned campaigner and telling people about how real people are surviving in Afghanistan is her passion. Tomorrow Maya’s new book, Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war and it […]

Call to welcome asylum seekers with ‘warmth and compassion’

It’s time to create legal and safe routes into the UK and avoid the risk of vulnerable people being exploited by unscrupulous gangs and people traffickers. That’s the view of a group of Hastings based charities following the news that 17 people, thought by police to be ‘illegal immigrants’ arrived on the beaches of Hastings […]

Suspected ‘illegal immigrants’ land on Hastings beach

Hastings Police believe that a small group of suspected illegal immigrants may have left the beach near Rock a Nore this morning after crossing the channel overnight in two rigid inflatable boats. It is thought they came ashore at Hastings and further east near Winchelsea Beach. In total 17 migrants, including men, women and children, have […]