Asylum Update May 13th 2009

13 May 2009


The Equality Implications of being a Migrant in Britain, by Eleanore Kofman, Sue Lukes, Alessio D'Angelo and Nicola Montagna (Middlesex University) is a new report commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has published two new reports on unannounced inspections to non-residential, short-term holding facilities: one at London City Airport and the other one at the John Lennon Airport

See also report by the Independent Monitoring Boards on the Short Term Holding Facilities at Heathrow Airport

Journal article: Identities and belonging: a study of Somali refugee and asylum seekers living in the UK and Denmark by Valentine, G.; Sporton, D. and Nielsen, K.B, in Environment and Planning D Vol 27, No 2.

Journal article: The developmental consequences for asylum-seeking children living with the prospect for five years or more of enforced return to their home country by Kalverboer, M.E., Zijlstra, A.E. and Knorth, E.J in European Journal of Migration and Law Vol 11, No 1.

New UNHCR Country Briefing folder on Sudan, produced by the Status Determination and Protection Information Section (SDPIS).

Call for contributions: The future Common European Asylum System , by the Odysseus Academic network is a study done for the European Parliament on the future common european asylum system. It is possible to submit directly statements about the issues related to the study as well as proposals to improve the new generation of asylum instruments. Contact Marion Jaillard for information


Policy and Law

The current Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) will be replaced by specialist asylum and immigration chambers in each of the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.  See:

In the Nasseri case, the House of Lords has ruled that returns to Greece from the UK do not amount to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights by the returning state.

The Department for Innovations, Universities & Skills has published a New Approach to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which builds on the ESOL consultation in 2008. See the full report of responses here



Supporting asylum seekers in detention is a course organised by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), on 16th May 2009 in Manchester.  

A Conference on Meeting the Needs of Torture Survivors in the UK, organised by REDRESS will take place on 26th June in London. Contact Dikey by the 29th May if you wish to attend.

Refugee Week 2009 will take place between 13 – 21 June. It is a UK-wide programme of events celebrating the contribution of refugees to the UK. Visit the website for information.

5th Annual Trauma Seminar: Giving Evidence in Asylum and Immigration Proceedings  Friday 3 July 2009 . Venue: Tavistock Centre, London.

Sing Up is a government funded National Singing Programme to help children at risk, including refugees and asylum seekers. To participate in an information session in Birmingham on the 3rd July, visit their website.



Refugees United is a search engine for refugees, IDPs, migrants and anyone else in search of family and friends.

The updated 3rd edition of the Directory of services in Leeds for refugees and asylum seekers is now available. If you want printed copies contact Peter Richardson

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