Asylum update – 21st December 2007

Secondary migration
New Europeans on the move: a preliminary review of the onward migration of refugees within the European Union, by Anna Lindley and Nicholas Van Hear
The onward movement of new citizens of refugee backgrounds within the European Union is an apparently growing pattern in European mobility which has largely been overlooked. This paper reviews the still limited evidence relating to these movements, focusing on the relocation of Somali and Tamil Sri Lankan Europeans from continental Europe to the UK, and discusses the conceptual and practical issues raised by this mobility, outlining an agenda for future research.

Review of Border and Immigration Statistics
The BIA are conducting a review of the statistics that it produces and publishes and the frequency with which these statistics are published. A public consultation is being conducted as part of this process. Comments to be submitted 20 February 2008.

UNHCR research papers
– International protection for trafficked persons and those who fear being trafficked, by Kari Saito Research Paper No. 149

– Secondary movement in Romania: the asylum-migration nexus, by Alison Munteanu Research Paper No. 148

– The removal of failed asylum seekers: international norms and procedures, by John Gibson Research Paper No. 145

Papers can be accessed

House of Lords
Discussion on the use of X-rays as an aid to age determination in immigration control, including confirmation that the Home Office is planning to publish the results of the UASC consultation early in the new year.

‘Advising for adaptation’ NIACE guide
NIACE have published a guide which illustrates how refugees and migrants can be supported through long term personal adviser support to adapt their skills and find employment in the UK.

PRESTO – the Partnership for Refugee Employment through Support, Training and Online Learning
The PRESTO Project comes to an end in December 2007. To ensure the learning from the project is not lost, PRESTO has developed the Presto Legacy website.

Employment, Skills and Training Needs of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Recent Migrants in Haringey
A report commissioned by Haringey Council’s Employment & Skills Team by the Working Lives Research Institute. Contact for a copy.

Refugee Council updates
Policy briefing on the situation of Zimbabwean asylum cases [December 2007]

Submission to the Independent Asylum Commission [November 2007]

Inter agency partnership newsletter [December 2007]

Updated information briefing on the government’s Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP)

Refugee Week conference

Friday 15th February 2008, 10:00 – 16:30

Venue: Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

An invitation to all those who have participated or are interested in Refugee Week, which is a UK wide programme of cultural and educational events celebrating the contribution of refugees to the UK.


Tel: 020 7346 6752

Compass debate
Tuesday 29 January 2008, 6pm

Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, London

Forthcoming Westminster debate on migration to coincide with Compass’ latest report Towards a progressive immigration policy.

Panel members include: Immigration Minister Liam Byrne MP; Jon Cruddas MP; The Guardian’s Madeleine Bunting; Barrow Cadbury Trust Chief Executive Sukhvinder Stubbs; Don Flynn of the Migrants Rights Network; Neil Jameson from the Strangers into Citizens campaign and the event will be chaired by The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee.


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