Asylum Update – 22nd February 2008

Citizenship and asylum
A recent House of Lords debate has raised the issue of the implications for asylum seekers and refugees of the government’s proposed ‘contract’ for foreign nationals becoming citizens. The government’s announcement followed close on the heels of the publication of the Green Paper containing the results of the BIA’s consultation on citizenship.

Commissioning community organisations
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report for the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) entitled: ‘More responsive public services? A guide to commissioning migrant and refugee community organisations’.

Children and destitution
The Children’s Society has published a new report entitled: ‘Living on the edge of despair: destitution amongst asylum seeking and refugee children’.

Children’s Legal Centre

The Centre has relaunched its Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children’s Project to provide legal information about this area of children’s rights. To receive monthly updates contact Kamena Dorling

BIA complaints
The BIA has published ‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission oversight of Border and Immigration Agency incidents and complaints – analysis of responses’ and an accompanying policy statement

CSJ asylum enquiry
The Centre for Social Justice has recently launched an Asylum Policy Group, which will be looking at the issue of destitution and highlighting some of the problems within the system. Contributions should be sent to Katie Garner

Journal article
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies – Places of Exclusion and Inclusion: Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Experiences of Neighbourhoods in the UK, by Neil Spicer.

Events
The Institute of Race Relations is holding a one-day workshop for refugee and community organisations on how to work with the media on Friday 29 February 2008.

The end of a 3-year research project on community theatre among refugees will be marked by a two-day conference at the University of East London on 7-8 March 2008.

Integration and community cohesion is a workshop on 10 March 2008 in London hosted by the Community Development Foundation and the ESRC Identities and Social Action Programme. Topics include ‘how the ‘disrupted’ identities of refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants can be helped to develop and integrate with receiving communities‘.

‘Refugees, new migrants and economic inclusion: challenges and solutions’, organized by Advantage West Midlands and the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham. Birmingham Business School, 14th March 2008. Admission free. For more details contact Yvonne Harley

The IOM/European Refugee Fund-backed IntegraRef project has begun presenting its research findings on the integration of refugees in Europe through a series of e-newsletters, and will host an international conference in Rome on 13th and 14th March 2008.

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