Asylum update – 25th January 2008

UNHCR
UNHCR’s parliamentary briefing on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill

Older Refugees
A working paper from the Refugee Council on the older refugees programme – a literature review and interviews with refugees

Section 4 support
The Immigration and Asylum (Provision of Services or Facilities) Regulations 2007 will come into force on 31st January. They cover needs not connected with accommodation for those supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, including travel for specified journeys, telephone calls/letters and allowances for pregnant women and for children.

BIA
BIA and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will be merging later this year.
Press release and Border review.

Call for Papers
Return and Onward Migration Workshop
School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh 9th-11th April 2008

We welcome abstracts of up to 250 words for papers from all relevant social science disciplines and with any geographical focus on the following suggested themes: In/voluntary repatriation; Return of repatriates; Resettlement policies; Un/official dispersal; Beyond “the myth of return”; Migrant identities. Please send abstracts (including your name, email address, and institutional affiliation) by Friday 1st February 2008 to:

Contact: Laura.Jeffery@ed.ac.uk and Jude.Murison@ed.ac.uk Leverhulme Early Career Fellows School of Social and Political Studies University of Edinburgh

Event – Challenges and Solutions: Undocumented migrants and failed asylum seekers
Saturday, 2 February 2008 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Praxis Community Projects, Pott Street, London, E2 0EF

–          Presentation on the legacy asylum case resolution

–          Presentation on the ongoing campaign for a regularisation

–          Brainstorming sessions to discuss issues faced by undocumented migrants and those who work with them

–          Opportunity for migrants to network with support organisations, and for organisations to discuss best practices

–          Medecins du Monde medical clinic open for migrants who need medical advice

For further information contact Kathryn Dennler:
020 7749 7615
kathryn.dennler@praxis.org.uk

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