Asylum Update July 16th 2009

16 July 2009


Depression and anxiety in labor migrants and refugees - A systematic review and meta-analysis by Lindert, J. et al is a journal article in Social Science and Medicine Vol 69, No 2.

Regularisation: A misguided option or part and parcel of a comprehensive policy response to irregular migration? by Albert Kraler is a paper from the network IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion).

“I hate being idle”: Wasted skills and enforced dependence among Zimbabwean asylum seekers in the UK by Lisa Doyle for the Refugee Council and the Zimbabwe Association.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has published two reports on unannounced inspections to non-residential short term holding facilities:


Policy and Law

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill completed its Report stage and Third reading on the 14 July.

View policy commentaries by

Refugee Council, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and Migrants Right Network

The Government has launched a Migration Impacts Fund. These funds will be used to minimize pressures on public services, including police, schools and hospitals. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced that the fund will provide £35 million across the UK for 2009-10.

Citizens for Sanctuary have published the first Annual Audit and Report Card of the implementation of the Independent Asylum Commission’s recommendations by the UK Border Agency. 

The United Kingdom and France have recently agreed to coordinate their position on enhanced border controls. See press coverage by The Guardian and The Press Association

According to deputy executive director of Frontex Gil Arias-Fernandez,  agreements  between Italy and Libya prevented migrants entering Europe by sea, leading to a decrease in irregular migration to Europe during the first three months of 2009.


Caring for Trafficked Persons – Guidance for health providers  is a handbook produced by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The Rayne Fellowships for Refugees program has been launched . This programme is funded by the Rayne Foundation and the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and managed by Praxis.

Detention, Removal and People Living with HIV is a booklet produced by NAT (National AIDS Trust) and BHIVA (British HIV Association). Contact Jane Hillier  to request hard copies. 

Global Forum on Migration and Development has launched its 2009 website. The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is an intergovernmental forum that takes place every year to discuss migration and development issues.

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