Asylum Update – 29nd February 2008

Quarterly asylum statistics
The BIA has issued the asylum statistics for the final quarter of 2007and an accompanying press release.
See also BBC coverage and Refugee Council response

Integration and cohesion
This document is the second of three parts to the government’s response to the report Our Shared Future published in 2007 by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion.

Refugee Council
The Refugee Council has added to its website a guide to external policy/strategic papers which they have either contributed to or supported, and a book review section.

Journal article
Ethical issues in research with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children by Peter Hopkins in the February 2008 edition of Children’s Geographies.

International Journal of Refugee Law
New issue available here

Children’s rights conference
Human Rights for Every Child: 15 March 2008 at Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, London WC1. Organised by UNISON and the British Association of Social Workers and looking at refugee, asylum seeker, migrant and trafficked children. Email for details.

Keeping cultures conference
Museum in Docklands, 13/14 March 2008. Conference on how museums and refugees can work together on approaches to identity and heritage. Speakers include UNCHR Deputy Representative to the UK. Findings of a four year programme with London refugee communities will also be presented.

Call for films
Refuge in Films 2008 is now receiving submissions of new films about refugees and immigration matters. Last year the festival screened 30 films, from refugee community productions to mainstream films. Deadline: 21 March 2008. Email for further information.

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