Is the UK doing enough for Child Migrants?

By Jack Edward Michael Wilson

“More needs to be done to help children seeking asylum” says University of Bedfordshire’s Dr Helen Connolly.

Speaking to students at the university, Dr Helen Connolly stressed that child migrants face “unique dangers such as abduction, forced inscription to the military and violence within war”

She also said that children seeking asylum will often suffer from poor mental health, not only from their “pre-migration experiences of warzones and humanitarian atrocities” but also from migration itself where children are at risk of being kidnapped by human traffickers and are forced to “witness a lot of death from boats capsizing”.

Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation found that: “asylum seekers are five times more likely to have mental health needs than the general population and more than 61% will experience serious mental distress”.

Helen believes that the system for detaining and rehoming unaccompanied children in the UK needs to change. “Even though child detention was supposed to have ended with the coalition government, but we know that there have been exceptions to the rules”. Since 2010 over a thousand children have been held in detention centres.

“I believe that states need to do more” the lecturer said, adding “The UK is currently the 6th richest country in the world and we currently do not do enough for unaccompanied children”.

According to Helen the UK will often “send migrants back to countries or states next door to conflicts without providing safe passage routes for refugees.”

According to the UN, more than 30 million children have been displaced from their country of origin.

The United Nations Human Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is a division of the UN that “helps to transform policies and services that affect displaced and stateless people on a national, regional and global level”.

The UNHRC aims to influence governments and the public to adopt practices that help support and protect those most in need.

As of December 2017, the United States was the biggest donor, donating $1,450,360,238, with the UK being the fifth biggest, donating $136,219,370.

However, in 2018 the Trump administration revealed that it will cut all US funding for the main UN programme for Palestinian refugees, in a statement it said that “the United States was no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden of UNRWA’s costs that we had assumed for many years.”

The United Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refuges (UNRWA) supports five million people who rely on its schools, healthcare, and social services.

The funding not only serves Palestinians in the occupied territories but also in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Although European and Arab countries have pledged to protect the agency, with Germany promising a significant increase in financial backing, the UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has called for a total of “US$ 1.2 billion to fund the Agency’s vital core services and life-saving humanitarian aid for 5.4 million Palestine refugees across the Middle East.”





Is the Future of Vauxhall in Luton?

By Carla Esteves

As Brexit been the top story news for the past 2 years, a lot of people are concerned with their jobs and their businesses.

That is the case of Vauxhall, that with a no deal situation will be highly affected by the UK leaving the European Union.

As Carlos Tavares said to the BBC news if there is a no free trade condition there will be drastic consequences for the business in the UK which he would preferably like to avoid.

“For us the situation is crystal clear. We need free trade.”

A student from Birmingham and Lithuanian says she is not concerned with Brexit. But can understand why some colleagues that worked with her at the head quarters would be, since they are not in the country for a long time and the company ‘survives’ with European components.

Coming from the BBC News, Carlos Tavares chief executive of the PSA group said recently that the Luton plant would be in risk of closing this summer.

Andy Faughnan, that works for Unite the Union and represents the Vauxhall workers said that that is not a threat anymore and its unlike to happen with the new investment in the Luton plant. The new van, Vivaro, starting to build at the begging of this year.

When asked about the job cuts at both plants, Andy says that “Everyone is suffering. It is not only Vauxhall. Is JLR, is Ford, everyone and it’s this market that is shifting, changing and trying to adapt. If they are necessarily down to Brexit we don’t know. In essence there probably is a link to Brexit on what is going on but what percentage in that is down to upon head count, we don’t fully know.”

Following what said on the Independent late last year: “Vauxhall is planning a phased reduction of 241 jobs as part of a restructuring at its main car plant.”

Andy from Unite interprets the chief executive by saying:

“Carlos Tavares views would be if you have a product in the UK which becomes completely uncompetitive based on a disastrous Brexit. So, he is ending up having to increase its costs massively on the back of it then they going to have to take a view where there leaves them.”

But with the company recent return to profit, and the new model being built at the Luton plant shouldn’t that mean Ellesmere Port plant is safe of any cuts?

As one of my contacts said, an ex-Vauxhall worker that prefers to keep anonymous: “I think it is not a matter of nationality when it comes to a no deal Brexit, but a matter of job role.”

She, polish herself, believes the ones affected will not be the foreigners specifically but the ground level jobs instead.

Moving forward, Vauxhall as a highly respected and international multimillionaire company makes its employers fear sharing information.

After trying to reach numerous of people, ex workers or current workers, the majority says that fear what might happen to their job or if anything they say in Vauxhall eyes can ‘break the company privacy policy’.

As one has said: “Sorry but as much as I would like to help, I would not like to risk my job. As things like this have happened before and people have been in serious trouble for it.”

Even after explaining this young adult that his information would not be disclosure, he still didn’t feel safe and opted to not speak.

Two young lady’s that have agreed to answer some question about Brexit affecting Vauxhall, did show some apprehensive behaviour. Two young Europeans, that no longer work for Vauxhall and only completed a 1-year internship still feel that talking about this subject can bring them trouble.

Is the company policy to strict, or are people being fired for talking to the press? Is an uncertainty because no one is comfortable answering the question.

Andy Faughnan expresses his thought on the company exchanging suppliers if Teresa May deal doesn’t get approved.

“It is whether or not they got UK companies that can supply them and, of course, in this moment in time that isn’t the case I mean you couldn’t switch, whether it was with Peugeot, Citroen, the supply chain just like that because there are contracts. In effect you must build that infrastructure in the UK on the basis on what the product could be.”

Andy right now says that there are not enough infrastructures in the UK for Vauxhall to contract and then get supplied by them. There are doubts now on what is the percentage of UK components the Vauxhall cars have, and Faughnan says the majority should be from UK origin, that was the goal, but is questionable.

Debates about the 50 Article are emerging strongly. Under the 50 article is possible for the government to obtain more time for a general election or for a possible people’s vote. There is a petition to call out on the parliament to take a stance and influence the negotiations, said on The Guardian.

Would this be enough to safe the companies and the people that fear the Brexit consequences. Therese May says is time to put self-interest aside.


Radio LaB 97.1FM Playlist – October 2018

Playlist A

Back Again – You Me At Six
Electricity – Silk City & Dua Lipa
Flames – David Guetta & Sia
Guiding Light – Mumford & Sons
In My Mind – Dynoro
Just Got Paid – Sigala feat. Ella Eyre & Meghan Trainor
Nevermind – Dennis Lloyd
One More Time – Pale Waves
Otherside – Living End
Promises – Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
Thunderclouds – LSD ft. Labrinth & Sia
Valentine – 5 Seconds Of Summer

Playlist B

All Good Now – Jungle
Angels – Tom Walker
Better (Radio Edit) – Khalid
Drew Barrymore – Bryce Vine
Eastside – Benny Blanco ft. Halsey & Khalid
Happier – Marshmello ft. Bastille
I Wish You Were Here – HRVY
Moves – Olly Murs ft. Snoop Dogg
One Shot – Mabel
Property – Mr Eazi feat. Mo-T
Sugar Cane – Shakka
Trip – Ella Mai

Playlist C

97 – Kojey Radical
Alone ft. Big Sean & Stefflon – Halsey
Born To Be Strangers – Richard Ashcroft
Colors – Jason Derulo
Familiar ft. J Balvin – Liam Payne
Fire In Me – John Newman
Jumanj – B Young
Magic – Craig David
Mind On It ft. Jess Glynne – Yungen
No Stylist (Clean) – French Montana ft. Drake
One Kiss – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa