Asylum Update March 29th 2011

29 March 2011


Please note that due to the current difficult funding climate the ICAR team has been reduced to one person for two days per week. Thus ICAR's capacity to produce our Asylum Update, answer enquiries and update web pages will be reduced. Runnymede hope that this will be a temporary period and we are working hard to obtain funding for ICAR. Please bear with us during this time.

I will endeavour to put out a reduced Asylum Update on a monthly basis with key research in the field of asylum and refugees. Other resources are available for a round up of news and events in this area, for example MRN have a fortnightly update and IRR have a weekly news round up, both contain events.


UNHCR published ‘Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, 2010'

Medical Justice published ‘Denied and Detained: the clinical care of immigration detainees living with HIV'.  Also reported in an article by The Independent

‘Immigration Bail Hearings: A Travesty of Justice? Observations from the Public Gallery' is a new report by the Campaign to Close Campsfield highlighting the issues involved in bail hearings.

Carers UK have released a new report ‘Half a Million Voices: Improving Support for BAME Carers' on caring in the BAME community. It includes references to refugee carers and has a case study of a refugee family.

Meeting the health needs of refugees and asylum seekers is a new edition of an online resource for health workers which was originally published as a resource pack. The update includes practical information, details of useful contacts and resources and examples of good practice.

The Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo) - is a new journal the authored, edited, and managed by students dedicated to protecting and advancing the human rights of forced migrants. The journal is free to view articles include;

A Culture of Disbelief or Denial? Critiquing Refugee Status Determination in the United Kingdom by J Souter - Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

An Epic Journey towards a Refugee Visa by AG García - Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

On Silence, Sexuality and Skeletons: Reconceptualizing Narrative in Asylum Hearings by TAM Johnson - Social & Legal Studies, 2011

The Scottish Refugee Council has published ‘Practitioners Guide to Housing Refugees' to enable practitioners and landlords understand the needs and rights of refugees.

The recently released Spring edition of the Runnymede Bulletin has an article written by Julie Gibbs on the effect of government cuts to refugee and asylum seekers ‘Asylum seekers and refugees face double hit'

Law and Policy

Migrants Rights Network published a briefing paper on proposed changes to legal aid and what they could mean for migrants' access to justice.

"Current Trends in the Production of Reliable and Up-to-date Country of Origin Information,"  is an interview with Khalid Koser (Eurasylum, March 2011) [text]

Two ex foreign national prisoners had a victory on the Supreme Court. See the judgement here. IRR have an article here.

Other News

The Assisted Voluntary Returns (AVR) to be run by Refugee Action (not IOM) from 1 April 2011 with the same three strands available.

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