Asylum Update – 7th April 2008


Immigration impact
A House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report rejects arguments that immigration benefits the UK economy and calls for an explicit range of targets for net immigration.

See ICAR blog

Dawn raids and destitution

PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) briefing papers now available on dawn raids and legal aid and destitution.

Violence against women

Southall Black Sisters and Amnesty International have published a report: ” ‘No recourse’ no safety: the government’s failure to protect women from violence’ which examines the relationship between immigration status and protection.

See also events

Policy and Law

Dublin Regulation

A new ECRE policy paper calls for replacement of the Dublin Regulation determining the Member State responsible for processing an asylum claim in the EU, in opposition to the European Commission’s June 2007 evaluation

See also: UN High Commissioner for Refugees calls for harmonised asylum system in EU


The refugee and Asylum Seeking Children’s Project (CLC) guide to care and support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children now covers the implications of the Hillingdon judgement on local authorities’ duty of care. They have also issued an information note on a recent Court of Appeal ruling that the courts should have the final say on the matter of a young person’s age and identity


Border Agency

The Home Office has announced the unification of border, immigration, customs and visa checks under the country’s new UK Border Agency.



Course: asylum and immigration law: protecting women from violence and securing their position in the UK. 23rd April, London N1. Provided by Rights of Women. Women only; aimed at first tier organizations and advice givers. Email for further details.


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