Asylum Update 18th December 2009

18 December 2009



New from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS): Undocumented Immigrants and Rights in the EU: Addressing the Gap between Social Sciences Research and Policy-making in the Stockholm Programme? by Sergio Carrera & Massimo Merlino


European Social Watch 2009 report: Migrants in Europe as Development Actors: between hope and vulnerability includes chapters on gender and asylum detention, undocumented migrants, and country reports. 


The Greater London Authority has published London Enriched, the Mayor's Strategy for Refugee Integration The main report is accompanied by the London Enriched Implementation Plan PDF and London Enriched Reference Document: supporting evidence for the strategy


Crawley, H. (2009) 'The situation of children in immigrant families in the United Kingdom', Innocenti Working Paper No. 2009-18, Florence: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre


Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, has released No 92/2009 of its Statistics in Focus series entitled 75 thousand asylum seekers granted protection: asylum decisions in 2008


Migration and Mobility in Europe: trends, patterns and control . Eds: Heinz Fassmann, Max Haller, David Lane. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd 2009. 15 chapters, including Recent Tendencies in Immigration Control Policies in Europe: Undermining Legal Safeguards and Refugee Protection? By Bente Puntervold Bø.


Managing transitions: support for individuals at key points of change by Alison Petch (ed). Polity Press 2009. Includes transition as experienced by young asylum seekers.


Secretary of State for the Home Department Alan Johnson has provided a breakdown in parliament of the number of children removed from the UK between 2004 and 2008.


Call for presentations: "Issues in Safeguarding Refugee Children" University of Central Lancashire, 15 April 2010. Keynote speakers: Heaven Crawley (Professor of International Migration, Swansea University); Ravi Kohli (Head of Applied Social Studies, University of Bedfordshire). Paper presentations or workshops are invited on any aspect of the topic. Contributions from research, policy and practice are all equally welcome. Outline or abstract to by 31 December 2009.



Policy & law


Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency: annual report 2008/09 See also Home Office response to the report.


The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report on The Work of the UK Border Agency



Also in parliament, Minister for Immigration Phil Woolas has provided a list of all the private firms used by UKBA and the services they manage. 


UKBA enforcement instructions and guidance on judicial review and injunctions (Chapter 60) - has been updated, with effect from 11 January 2010.





Conference: Romani Mobilities in Europe: multidisciplinary perspectives Oxford 14-15 January 2010, organised by the Refugee Studies Centre There are still a few places available. You can register online





Gathering Evidence Effectively: A rough guide to navigating secondary sources of data and information on refugees and asylum seekers in the UK by the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR)


All the records from the former Refugee Studies Centre Library web catalogue can now be found in the SOLO discovery tool for the Oxford University libraries 

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