Asylum Update - November 28th 2008

28 November 2008


Accommodate - better together is a summary of the final evaluation report of ‘Accommodate' - a refugee housing partnership project led by the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (hact).

Mental healthcare of asylum-seekers and refugees by Helen McColl, Kwame McKenzie, and Kamaldeep Bhui in Advanced Psychiatric Treatment Vol 14 No 6.

Politics of Exception and Unease: Immigration, Asylum and Terrorism in Parliamentary Debates in the UK by Huysmans, J.and Buonfino, A. in Political Studies Vol 56 No 4.

Women's Right to Asylum: Protecting the Rights of Female Asylum Seekers in Europe? by Freedman, J. in Human Rights Review Vol 9 No 4.

Policy and law

UNHCR have published a new Guidance Note on Refugee Claims relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) has with a recent decision reviewed the existing country guidance on Democratic Republic of Congo and extended the ‘risk categories' to members of the Hema tribe. This immediately follows the AIT's review of country guidance on Zimbabwe, with similarly profound implications for asylum seekers in the UK. See transcripts of DRC and Zimbabwe decisions, and Immigration Advisory Service statement on both decisions.

The Conclusions of the Asylum Conference held in The Hague on 22-24 October under the auspices of GDISC (General Directors' Immigration Services Conference) have been published. The GDISC is an EU Member State Initiative aimed at improving the European asylum process and increase cooperation between member states on the issue.


"The DRC, a Forgotten Emergency." Saturday 29th November, 10:30-13:30 at Burngreave Vestry Hall, 2 Burngreave Road, Sheffield S3 9DD. Speakers include Meg Munn, Sheffield MP, and Noel Mbala, a former DRC minister.

The Evelyn Oldfield Unit, which provides specialist support for refugee organisations, is looking for a Chair. Its AGM will be held on 4th December.

In Defence of Learning: Past and Present is a two day conference on 3-5 December hosted by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics in London. In addition, on December 4 there will be an evening ‘conversation' with 4 refugee academics from Sudan, Iraq, Algeria and Kurdistan. Booking via email

The Refugee Council's Inclusive Secondary Schools action research project is hosting a national event on ‘Supporting refugee communities in secondary schools' on December 12 in London. This follows its regional workshops. Contact Susanna Siddiqui for details and booking.



Border Country by Melanie Friend is a book of photographs and an accompanying audio CD documenting Britain's Immigration Removal Centres and the voices of asylum seekers and other detainees held in them. See press review  

The General Teaching Council for England has updated its Resource file on supporting asylum seeker and refugee learners

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has commissioned a new interactive map of minority groups in Britain. 

The BASIS project has set up an e-forum for the exchange of information about refugee community organisation (RCO) fundraising.

New Philanthropy Capital has published a new downloadable report entitled Heads Up (Mental Health for Children and Young People - a Guide for Charities) which highlights the situation of young refugees and asylum seekers, amongst other vulnerable groups.

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