On Thursday 13th April, the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR) held a picket in front of the Home Office in London. The protest was against the arrest and detention of 30 Iraqi and Kurdish asylum seekers. Those arrested have lived in the UK for as long as 17 years, and one of those detained has two young children with his long term partner in the UK. The detainees have been informed they will be removed from the UK in the next 7 to 10 days. IFIR fears this means the UK Government is preparing the first forcible deportation charter flight since 2011.