Asylum Update – 16th April 2008


The Home Office’s Country of Origin Information Service has this month published a new country report on Afghanistan, and Key Documents on Angola, Mali, Gambia, and Sierra Leone.

“Symposium in migrant women: war rape disclosure in women refugees” is a symposium of articles in European Psychiatry, V. 23 No. SUPP/2, 2008 soon to be available online

Policy and Law

Statewatch has published an updated analysis of the EU Returns Directive. It covers the latest versions agreed upon by the European Council in the context of the negotiations with the European Parliament and within the Council.

The Refugee Council has published its response to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills consultation: Focusing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) on Community Cohesion.

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) has published updated information on a range of topics including Zimbabwean asylum claims, citizenship and the UK Borders Act 2007.

The Scottish Government has published a consultation document on: ‘Safeguarding Children in Scotland who may have been Trafficked’.

The report on the conference ‘From Isolation to Integration’ is now available. The conference, held in January 2008, was the culmination of a two-year joint programme focussing on older refugees by Age Concern, the Refugee Council and the Association of Greater London Older Women (AGLOW).


The first Iraqi interpreters and their families have arrived under the special resettlement programme. See also ICAR blog. Meanwhile an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruling will allow the Home Office to return failed Iraqi asylum seekers to any part of Iraq. The decision is being appealed by the Refugee Legal Centre.

Rules banning some migrants in England from NHS treatment are to be challenged in the High Court by a Palestinian ‘failed’ asylum seeker.

The TUC and Refugee Council have launched a new campaign to give asylum seekers the right to work.


A seminar on the secondary migration of non-EU nationals in Europe will be held on Tuesday 22nd April 2008 at ippr in London. Speakers include Anna Lindley and Nick Van Hear, Centre for Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford and Jill Rutter, Institute for Public Policy Research.

The first City of Sanctuary National Conference will be held in Sheffield on Wednesday 4th June 2008. To book a free place or for more information email or visit the website


STAR (Student Action for Refugees) has launched RefugeeMap: a new interactive online resource providing accessible information for volunteers working with refugees.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) have published new titles in their series on caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people. China and Somalia now join Afghanistan, Eritrea and Iran among the guides available.

The ethical issues surrounding immigration, migration, asylum and refugees are among the topics to be discussed on the anthropologists’ discussion forum ASA Globalog from mid April till the end of June 2008.

The Country of Return Information Project, a network of European NGOs, has launched a new website containing their country reports and an enquiry service.

The Basis Project is a new, England-wide service giving support to refugee community organisations set up by Refugee Action and the Refugee Council.


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