Gay Brits stand up for migrants

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As British Airways gears up for its 100th birthday on August 25, queer direct-action group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants are calling on the airline to mark the century jubilee with a new policy that would forbid deportation flights. To mark its 100th year of flying, British Airways released an advertising campaign called #BA100, a “love letter to Britain” from 100 well-known British people. In response, LGSMigrants has put together its own 100 letters – all addressed to British Airways, all calling on the airline to do something to help migrants. The system of immigration detention and removal in the UK is one that activists and human-rights organizations are very critical of. UK is the only European country to detain migrants indefinitely,. And the way people are treated in the detention centers remains an issue of concern, especially when it comes to female migrants. Every year, around 12,000 migrants are forcibly removed from the UK. Approximately 2,000 of those forcibly removed are put on planes privately chartered by the Home Office. There were 80 such charter flights between October 2016 and May 2018.

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