Asylum Update – 23rd April 2008


New from UNHCR: Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, 2007: Statistical Overview of Asylum Applications Lodged in Europe and Selected Non-European Countries.

Hostility themes in media, community and refugee narratives by Ivan Leudar, Jacqueline Hayes, Jirí Nekvapil and Johanna Turner Baker appears in the new issue of Discourse and Society

Evasion, Reinterpretation and Decoupling: European Commission Responses to the ‘External Dimension’ of Immigration and Asylum by Christina Boswell. Published in the May issue of West European Politics. See also Policy and Law below.

The April 2008 issue of Forced Migration Review includes articles on the integration of Burmese refugees resettled in Sheffield and the social exclusion of asylum seekers in the UK.

Statistics on self harm and families in immigration detention between January and December 2007 have been made public by the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns.
See also The Independent

Policy and law

The Standing Committee of experts on international immigration, refugees and criminal law have presented their views to the European Parliament on the European Commission report on the FRONTEX agency.

UNHCR has published its Position on the Return of Asylum-Seekers to Greece under the “Dublin Regulation”.

At the High Court, a judicial review has ruled in favour of a failed asylum seeker who will now be eligible for NHS treatment. The ruling will impact on asylum seekers only able to access emergency care. Meanwhile a test case has begun on behalf of Iraqis employees of British forces in Iraq since refused asylum in the UK.


Climate Change and Forced Migration, 29 April 2008, central London. One day conference with speakers from government, UNHCR, IOM, Stern Review and others. Email IPPR for details.

Migrant community organisations: their role in promoting integration and social cohesion, London, 13 May 2008. Research-based seminar to coincide with Communities and Local Government consultation on the funding of organisations that work with a single community.


ICAR has co-produced with the UN Refugee Agency and the National Union of Journalists a new leaflet – “Reporting Asylum and Refugee Issues”. It offers journalists reporting on refugee issues practical guidance on terminology, usage of images and filming, and interviewing refugees and asylum seekers.


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