This month’s recap features continuing to house asylum seekers in unsafe conditions and keeping hundreds of thousands of EU citizens in limbo with Settlement Scheme applications still awaiting decisions.

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This month’s recap features the Jamaica 50 deportation and redirecting calls to a Afghan crisis helpline to a washing machine company.

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In February 2021, I spoke at the ContentEd conference about the ways I’ve built confidence over my career. This post contains the video of that talk and the transcript.

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Things I need to clarify first

This month’s recap features EU citizens losing their jobs while their EUSS applications are stuck in a backlog, and 51 asylum seekers dying in Home Office accommodation over the last 5 years.

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This month’s recap features fiascos around the EU Settlement Scheme deadline and arresting a rape victim on immigration charges.

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After finding an early draft of my high school graduation speech, I’ve learned that I’ve had to reteach myself the same lesson around not fearing the unknown. I reflect on how dependency kept me in fear, but independence grew my confidence.

Me with my hands in front of me trying to quiet down the cheers from the crowd as I was about to start my graduation speech.
Me calming the applause of the crowd as I prepared to give my high school graduation speech.

An early draft of my graduation speech

A year ago, I wanted to speak out on the abuses of the UK immigration system, but fear prevented me from doing so. I’m marking that anniversary by sharing how this system keeps immigrants silent.

What happened on 3 June 2020

This month’s recap features stories of how EU citizens are treated at the border post-Brexit, and cutting off financial support to asylum seekers following a change in debit card provider.

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Voting in 2 countries

This month’s recap features the Home Office threatening to deport a student who missed lectures while self-isolating, and attempting to deport a witness to a death in immigration detention.

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Lauren Tormey

Content Designer. Runner. Immigrant. I write about things related to all 3.

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