Asylum Update 3rd November 2010

3 November 2010



Persistent Needs and Gaps: the Protection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Refugees sub-titled 'an overview of UNHCR's response to LGBTI refugees and recommendations to enhance protection' is a new report from Human Rights First. See also: ILGA conference: asylum workshop report at LGBT Asylum News.

Submissions on Somalia and Sudan by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Survey on Legal Aid for Asylum Seekers in Europe by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA).

Protesting as a Terrorist Offense: The Arbitrary Use of Terrorism Laws to Prosecute and Incarcerate Demonstrators in Turkey is a new report from Human Rights Watch.

Further submissions and asylum support is an Asylum Support Partnership briefing on the effect of policy changes on One Stop Service clients, and includes case studies.

Narrating Atrocity: Uses of Evidence in the Political Asylum Process by Carol Bohmer and Amy Schuman DIIS Working Paper 2010:25 (Danish Institute for International Studies). 

The Home Office has released monthly asylum statistics up to and including August 2010, covering applications and cases pending.


Law and Policy

Recent judgement: Upper Tribunal on refusal of admission to refugee's spouse

Parliamentary answers:

Northern Ireland has opened its first immigration detention centre



New Refugees into Teaching website for teachers, schools and other relevant bodies. Includes guide to employing refugees in schools See also ‘events'.



Friday 5 November: Refugees into Teaching conference, London. See also ‘resources'.

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 Refugee Academic (CARA), London.

Tuesday 9 November: Migrants' Rights and the Coalition Government : public meeting organized by 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.

Monday 15 November: What can be got from the Asylum Improvement Project? hosted by the Parliamentary Group on Refugees, with Emma Churchill, UKBA head of asylum, and Refugee Council.

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

Wednesday 17 November: Inclusion: the key to prosperity - the dynamics of migration, poverty and social exclusion conference: 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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