Asylum Update 27th October 2010

27 October 2010


Research and statistics

Voluntary return programmes: an effective, humane and cost-effective mechanism for returning irregular migrants - report of the Council of Europe Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population. See also response from the Centre of Studies and Documentation about Immigration, Racism and Xenophobia - MUGAK (Spain).

Refuge in Europe? Church Asylum as Human Rights Work in Fortress Europe by Verena Mittermaier in Refuge Vol 26 No 1.

Home Office country of origin information: new Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs) on Asylum Policy for Bangladesh, Iraq, and Pakistan, and Country of Origin information reports on Angola, Ghana, India, Senegal, Syria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

New reports from the Parliamentary Human Rights Group:

Trans-Jurisdictional Marriage and Family Reunification for Refugees in the United Kingdom by Prakash Shah (Legal Studies Research Paper no. 66/2010).

Contesting the Shape of Political Space: An Investigation of the "Threat of Asylum" in Britain by Sarah Doyle in Refuge Vol 26 No 1.

The needs and strengths of unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people in Scotland Hopkins, Peter and Hill, Malcolm: Child and Family Social Work Vol 15 No 4.

Integration Rules in Immigration and Nationality Law: The Case of the United Kingdom by Bernard Ryan.


Law and policy

Spending Review: Home Office statement on implications for UK Borders Agency and asylum work. See also Refugee Council response and briefing on impact on refugee community organisations

The Ministry of Justice has made a proposal for fee charging those bringing immigration and asylum appeals. A consultation period will end on 21 January 2011. See also BBC and Solicitors Journal

In Parliament: Early Day Motion opposing statement of changes to immigration rules (Cm7944) including effect of new spouse rules on refugees.

Recent judgements:

Trafficking and the National Referral Mechanism article by Catherine Briddick, Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women, in Women's Asylum News No 96.



The Housing Rights website is a new resource for advisors from the Chartered Institute of Housing detailing housing entitlements of migrants and refugees.



Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 October: refugee films as part of Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Glasgow. See also Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network 2010-2011 Film Series

Friday 5 November: Refugees into Teaching conference, London.

Saturday 6 November Human Rights Denied: Indefinite Immigration Detention - Is There No End In Sight? Conference organized by LSE Migration Studies Unit, Student Action For Refugees and the London Detainee Support Group. London.

Monday 8 November Parliamentary Meeting on Detention Reform with MPs Julian Huppert MP Diane Abbott, Lisa Nandy and Lord Ramsbotham, Organised by the Detention Forum.

Monday 8 November: Refugee academics - Britain as a place of sanctuary organized by the Council for Assisting Reffugee Academic (CARA), London.

Tuesday 9 November: Migrants' Rights and the Coalition Government: A public meeting to discuss immigration policy and the rights and experiences of migrants  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group and Student Action for Refugees (STAR), Sheffield.

Thursday 11 November: Empowering_Women Refugee and_Asylum Seeker's Conference Bradford. Organised by Bradford Refugee Forum.

Tuesday 16 November: Managing Migration in the UK: Tackling the Challenges for Border Security, the Economy and Our Society London.

Tuesday 23 November: "Rethinking Immigration Detention: Removal Centres as Spaces of Religious Revival and Politicisation" with Dr. JoAnn McGregor (UCL). Part of London Migration Research Group seminar series

Wednesday 24 November: Doctors of the World and HUMA annual conference (1). Theme: ‘Ensuring access to healthcare for the community's most vulnerable migrants in the age of austerity'.  Birmingham.

Saturday 27 November: Doctors of the World and HUMA annual conference (2). Theme: as above. London. 









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