Asylum Update March 4th 2009

4 March 2009


New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: The potential of migrant and refugee community organisations to influence policy by Sue Lukes, with help from Vaughan Jones and Yesenia San Juan.

The Crusaid Hardship Fund has published Poverty without borders - a report on poverty, HIV, and migration focussing on HIV positive migrants in the UK.

Journal article: Experiences of African Immigrant Women Living with HIV in the U.K.: Implications for Health Professionals by Eunice W. Ndirangu and Catrin Evans in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health Vol 11 No 2.

Journal article: Cooperation among Asymmetric Countries: The Case of the European Union by Mathias Czaika in European Union Politics Vol 10 No 1.


Policy and Law

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has published a Special Feature on Detention on its Refworld website.

The Communities and Local Government Department has published Volume 1 of Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society - A third progress report on the Government's strategy for race equality and community cohesion

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution has published a report on Part 1 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published its report on Monitoring of the UK Border Agency  

Justice and Home Affairs Council of ministers from EU Member States has welcomed the European Commission's proposal for a European Asylum Support Office, and expressed hope that it would be operational by 2010. See Background note

See also:

Memorandum to the JHA Council from the European Council for Refugees and Exiles


Written Ministerial Statement on UK positions at the Council, including a limit of 1,000 Iraqi refugees to be resettled in 2008-10.

On a similar note, Eurasylum has a new monthly policy interview with Ms. Pirkko Kourula, Director of the Europe Bureau at UNHCR on Assessment of recent EU asylum policy and legal developments

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