Asylum update – 14th December 2007

Forced Migration Online podcast
The podcast was recorded at the Refugee Studies Centre’s Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture which was on Wednesday 21 November 2007 at the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Refugee Studies Centre, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan gave the lecture and spoke on the subject of human rights and refugees.

Welcome to Your Library
Welcome to your library – Evaluation report, November 2007
Executive summary
Good practice guide

Home Office
Simplifying immigration law for the 21st century – A proposal to use a new Government Bill to simplify immigration law has received positive feedback. The consultation feedback shows that the simplification principles were supported by 64% of respondents.

National Consortia Coordinating Group
The National Consortia Coordinating Group (NCCG) has produced its final monthly newsletter, which includes updates from Regional Strategic Coordination Groups and regional Migration Partnerships, and several new funding streams in the funding section.

Failed asylum seekers face healthcare ban
Plans to bar hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers from all but emergency health services are being considered by the Home Office.
The Observer, Sunday 2nd December

Use of wooden staves criticised at detention centre
Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, has criticised the use of wooden staves, or truncheons, at Lindholme immigration removal centre. Such equipment is banned in low security prisons and not used in privately run detention centres, but the Prison Service routinely issues them to staff at Lindholme.

Press coverage:
Guardian: Migrant detention centres use staves banned in low security prisons
Independent: Jail inspector criticises use of truncheons at immigration centre

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children has produced a new publication: Your Right to Education: A Handbook for Refugees and Displaced Communities

Integration
Employers in education overlook skills and experience of refugees
The head of a task force Dr Robert Garnett, co-chair of the Refugee Teachers Task Force said schools and colleges in London are missing out on the knowledge, skills and experience of hundreds of potential teachers who have come to the United Kingdom as refugees when they fill job vacancies.
Report of the refugee teacher’s task force
Refugees into teaching website
Press release

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