Asylum Update 24th November 2010

24 November 2010


Research and statistics

UNHCR Statistical Yearbook 2009 published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Migration Advisory Committee report: Limits on Migration: limits for Tier 1 and Tier 2 for 2011/12 and supporting policies See also BBC coverage

Talking with the Creators of the Refugee Diaries by Sullivan, Edward T. Book Links Vol 20; No 1.

Target-setting for improving the socio-economic situation of migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe (Monitoring the situation of migrants and ethnic minorities - Part 2) is a new report from the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).

Asylum Appellate Project: final report of 3 year project aimed at exploring the fairness with which asylum seekers are refused publicly funded legal representation at  appeal. See also article on the report in PAFRAS newsletter

The coming of the stranger: asylum seekers, trust and hospitality in a British city by Goodall, Christine in New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 195 (UNHCR).

New data published on Free Movement site:

  • UKBA Charter Flights April to November 2010: data released under Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Self-harm in immigration detention Quarter 3 - July/August/September 2010
  • Numbers released from immigration detention: first Jan-June 2010 (see also Hansard)


Law and policy

The Council of the European Union has agreed that beneficiaries of international protection who have lived in the EU for more than five years can apply for a Long-Term Residence (LTR) permit, allowing residency and the right to equal treatment in other Member States.

Proposal for the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 Remedial) Order 2010 House of Lords and Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights, Fifth Report of Session 2010-11.

UK Border Agency's operations in the North West of England; an inspection of the Civil Penalties Compliance Team - illegal working (March - April 2010). See also related items from Migrants Rights Network and Zimbabwe Eye

The Runnymede Westminster Monitor blog carries a short piece from ICAR on the impact on refugees of newly proposed legal aid reforms. See also Asylum Update 17 November 2010

In the courts:



MigrationOxford is a new University of Oxford showcase for work on all kinds of migration including refugee flows. Developed by Refugee Studies Centre, COMPAS, and the International Migration Institute (IMI).

The International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology is now online in different languages.

Refuge in Films call for entries for June 2011 Refugee Week screenings.



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.

Thursday 25 November: The Human Rights Act 10 years on and Immigrant Welfare seminar looking at the impact of the impact of the Act on immigrants and asylum seekers. Follows Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) AGM.

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

Monday 29th November: Issues arising from the death of Jimmy Mubenga during deportation House of Commons. Organised by INQUEST and Medical Justice.

Monday 6 December: Newly arrived migrant and refugee children in schools. Conference organised and hosted by Middlesex University and Action for Social Integration (AFSI). Email for booking.

Tuesday 7 December: Tackling Child Trafficking in the UK: Working Towards a Joined-Up Strategy - London. A Public Policy Exchange Symposium.

Wednesday 8 December: The Place for Refugees in the Big Society London Refugee Voice-hosted discussion and AGM.

Thursday 9 December: Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Scotland: community event discussing initial research findings of Everyone IN. University of Glasgow. Email for details.

Thursday 9 December: seminar series on International Refugee Law presents 'A transnational legal order and European refugee law': talk by Professor Hélène Lambert, University of Westminster.




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