Asylum Update 27th January 2011

27 January 2011


Research and statistics

Human Rights Watch World Report 2011

Rights on the Line: Human Rights Watch Work on Abuses against Migrants in 2010

Protection Gaps in Europe? Persons fleeing the indiscriminate effects of generalized violence by UNHCR. See also press release

New reports from Frontex:

Occasional Paper 92 - A feasibility study for a survey of migrants published by the Home Office.

An inspection of entry clearance in Abu Dhabi and Islamabad by the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency.

Unsustainable: the quality of initial decision-making in women's asylum claims is a new report by Asylum Aid.

Report on an unannounced full follow-up inspection of Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre and short-term holding facility (16-27 August 2010) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.


Law and policy

UNHCR Position on Returns to Côte d'Ivoire

M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece - new European Court of Human Rights ruling on returns of asylum seekers to Greece. See also ECHR press release and statement of European Commissioner for Home Affairs

Garden Court Chambers Immigration bulletin 214 contains summaries of recent rulings in asylum and immigration cases.

New Home Office country of origin information (COI):

See ICAR's country of origin information resource page for a full range of sources

Access to Primary Health Care for migrants is a right worth defending is joint briefing produced by Migrants Rights Network, Pierce Glynn solicitors and Doctors of the World UK.

In Parliament:



Thursday 27 January: Migrant Rights Network AGM with speaker Dr Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Trust director on ‘the struggle for migrants' rights: learning from the past - looking to the future'. London.

Monday 7 February: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention. Palace of Westminster, 5-6pm. With Karen Pollock, Holocaust Educational Trust and Roland Schilling, UNHCR Representative to the UK. Chair: Julian Huppert MP.

Wednesday 9 February: the Health & Well being of Asylum Seekers from Country of Origin to Asylum or Detention meeting in London with Emma Fillmore, paediatrician. Organised by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).

Wednesday 9 February. International Care Network celebration of the 10th birthday of ICN and 10 years of refugees settling in Bournemouth  Keynote speech: ‘From Supported Lives to Empowered Communities' by Ram Gidoomal.

Thursday 10 February: SMILE National Conference in Birmingham. SMILE (Supporting and Mentoring in Learning and Education) is a Refugee Council project. Event includes presentation of new research.

Thursday 10 February: Becoming British citizens? The experiences and opinions of refugees living in Scotland Presentation of new research report by Strathclyde University and Scottish Refugee Council.

Friday 11 February: What does the "Big Society" mean for migrant communities? COMPAS breakfast briefing: with Vaughan Jones, Director of Praxis.  

Friday 18th February: Promoting Dignity and Respect in the Workplace conference, Glasgow. Organised by the Scottish Trade Union Congress, Black & Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS) and Scottish Refugee Council.


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