Asylum Update October 21st 2009

21 October 2009



UNHCR has published Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, First Half 2009


Harvard Human Rights Journal Vol 22: 2 Constructing the Right ``Not to Be Made a Refugee'' at the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights by Karl C. Procaccini.


Global Detention Project Working Paper: The Privatization of Immigration Detention: Towards a Global View


The Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) has carried out preliminary research profiling the users of its Women’s Project. See the latest ASAP newsletter for details.


The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has released its Human Rights Annual Report 2008

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Policy and Law


The Swedish Presidency of the EU has presented its first draft of the Stockholm Programme, containing the legislative agenda for 2010-2014 in EU Justice and Home Affairs policy including asylum and migration. See also Euractiv report on EU parliamentary debate on the draft.


New country guidance cases from the Immigration Appeals Tribunal on ‘lesbians in Albania’ and the ‘risk of illegal exit loan sharks in China’. See Women’s Asylum News


Returns policy:

High Court judgment on unlawful detention due to Home Office non-disclosure of policies on Tamil returns. See Institute of Race Relations article

See also BBC and Herald Scotland on  return of removed Iraqi asylum seekers to Britain following removal by charter flight to Baghdad.


New Home Office rules require anyone wishing to make an initial asylum application in country to do so in person at the asylum screening unit in Croydon. See also ministerial statement and Refugee Council comment


The UK Borders Agency has announced the transitional arrangements for those already in the process of applying for citizenship when the earned citizenship proposals contained in the 2009 Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act are brought into force in July 2011. See also Migrant Rights Network comment


Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has given figures in parliament for spending on the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Grant to local authorities and the number of children supported for the last four financial years. The grant covers the main areas of local authority expenditure in this area. See also UK Border Agency: Unaccompanied asylum seeking children - local authority grants





Monday 26 October: The Brighter Futures conference on education, equality and rights for young asylum seekers and refugees, London. Organised by Save the Children and Brighter Futures.


3 - 4 November: Future Challenges and Opportunities of the Common European Asylum System conference, Stockholm. Organised by UNHCR’s Regional Office for Baltic and Nordic Countries and the Swedish Red Cross. Email to book.





Scottish ethnic minorities housing agency Positive Action in Housing have begun ‘Quickmail’ - a free weekly email bulletin for people from BME, refugee and new migrant communities and related organizations covering vacancies, events and news.

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