Asylum Update – 31st March 2008

IAC report
The Independent Asylum Commission has released its interim findings with widespread media coverage. Executive summary here
See BBC and Daily Mail reports.
ICAR briefings for the Commission here

New asylum model
Research carried out by Bail for Immigration Detainees on the one year anniversary of the New Asylum Model concludes that “asylum claims heard in detention are set up to fail”.
BID March 2008 briefing paper on the detained fast track.
Related news: 150 detainees enter hunger strike

Integration

The Employability Forum have released a report on the recent conference addressing the Home Office proposal of a new National Integration Model for refugees.

Mental health
A new study commissioned by Positive Mental Attitudes, NHS Glasgow and Clyde and East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership examines attitudes amongst refugees in Glasgow towards the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Public services
London Asylum Seekers Consortium have published a new report entitled A Warm Welcome? Public Services and Managing Migration in London.

News
Protestors charged for preventing dawn raids on asylum seeker families
– 2,000 Iraqi interpreters chosen for asylum in Britain and Canada. See ICAR blog
– Government responds to Children’s Society and Refugee Council views on Clan Ebor.
– President Sarkozy calls on UK to sign up to European immigration and asylum pact.

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