Asylum Update 9 July 2010

9 July 2010





Joint EU Resettlement Programme: the health of refugee and humanitarian arrivals by Claire E. Brolan in The European Journal of Public Health Vol 20 No 3. See also UNHCR highlights shortage of resettlement places

Local conceptualisations of the education of asylum-seeking and refugee students: from hostile to holistic models by Pinson, H.; Arnot, M. in the International Journal of Inclusive Education Vol 14 No 3.


The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, established by the Council of Europe, has published its 2009 Annual Report


Human Rights Watch has published a new report: "No Questions Asked": Intelligence Cooperation with Countries that Torture


The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) 2008: a process and impact assessment is a new report from the Home Office.


Asylum Aid has published Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum 2 years on: impacts and actions See also article on this report in Women's Asylum News

Details of UK Border Agency charter flights during 2009/10 showing cost, frequency and main destination countries and other data have been obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Free Movement


HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has released reports on unannounced inspections of the non-residential short-term holding facilities at Manchester Airport and Pennine House and a follow up inspection of Edinburgh Airport



Law and Policy



Minister for Immigration Damian Green has confirmed that until the end of May 2010 the UK Border Agency had concluded 277,000 of its immigration asylum backlog of ‘legacy cases'.


The Supreme Court has published its judgement in favour of two asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation. See also


The Refugee Council has published its response to the UKBA consultation on ending detention of children for immigration purposes.

The High Court has rejected an application for a judicial review allowing the non-profit immigration legal firm Refugee and Migrant Justice to carry on representing its clients until their cases are transferred to other firms. See also ICAR Focus On: Justice at Risk: the harsh realities of legal aid reform by Grace Dolan.




Papers presented at the ‘One-Day Workshop on The Meaning and Practice of Immigration Detention: Perspectives from Legal, Social, and Political Theory' organised by COMPAS (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society) in May 2010 are now available online




Thursday 15th July: Community Cohesion 2010: New Challenges, New Solutions. A Public Policy Exchange conference.


Friday 16 July: Refugee integration 2010: reducing the deficit in Yorkshire and Humber? One day conference organised by Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership. Booking required.


Wednesday 21 July: The New Immigration Agenda - developments in post election policy Immigration Advisory Service conference, London.

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