Asylum Update May 7th 2009

7 May 2009



New book: The Exclusionary Politics of Asylum by Vicki Squire (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). Analyses recent UK policy developments in relation to their wider historical, political and European contexts.


UNHCR: Selected Documents Relating to National Security and Counter-Terrorism Relevant to International Refugee Protection here


The tools called to support the 'delivery' of freedom, security and justice: a comparison of border security systems in the EU and in the US. Ad hoc briefing paper written by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).


The Immigrant Council of Ireland in collaboration with the Women's Health Project (HSE) and Ruhama has published Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution - the Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland.

See also EU draft Conclusions on establishing an informal EU Network of National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms on Trafficking in Human Beings.


Call for Papers: Citizenship Studies special issue on immigrant protest. Contact the guest co-editors: Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio University) and Imogen Tyler (Lancaster University). Deadline for abstracts: August 15 2009.


Policy and Law

The government has published its Equality Bill which claims to widen protection against discrimination in the UK. See also ECHR briefing


The Children, Schools and Families Commons Select Committee has called for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to be assigned personal guardians to help protect them from exploitation.


The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE Committee) has adopted amendments and approved the four reports making up the “asylum package”: Reception Conditions Directive, Dublin, Eurodac and European Asylum Support Office.

See also:

·        Daily Express  

·        Amnesty International: Comments on the Commission Proposals for a Directive laying down Minimum Standards for the reception of asylum seekers



Thousands of migrants gathered on Monday May 4 in London to call for the regularisation of undocumented migrants, including refused asylum seekers. The march organisers, the Citizens Organising Foundation, have compiled press and blog reports here



A new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Shared Horizon, displays photographs taken by young asylum seekers living in Wakefield, Barnsley and Kirklees, under the auspices of the SMILE project.

Entries are being sought for the Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards



A Non-Negotiated Solution to the Colombian Conflict? The Implications for Sustainable Peace and Democracy. 21st -22nd May 2009. Oxford. Organized by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and the International Centre for Participation Studies at the University of Bradford. Email Alexandra Abello Colak for details and registration.

Migrants – contribution, integration, destitution? Conference organized by Homeless Link on 21 May 2009 in London “to help tackle one of the key feeder routes to someone sleeping rough for migrants without recourse to public funds.”




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