Asylum Update – 9th May 2008


A new report from the Children’s Commissioner for England investigates Hillingdon council’s treatment of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC). Hillingdon is one of ten local authorities which have taken their case to the House of Lords because of alleged underfunding for their work with UASC.

Government and Opposition (Vol 43) is a special issue entitled ‘The Refugee in Trans/National Politics and Society: Representation, Contestation and Control.’ Contributions include Matthew J. Gibney on Asylum and the Expansion of Deportation in the United Kingdom.

The National Aids Trust has published ‘HIV and the UK Asylum Pathway: An overview by the National AIDS Trust of the pathway an asylum seeker takes in the UK from application to either integration or removal’.

New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation identifies what the public identify as “today’s social evils”, including comments on and responses to immigration.

Policy and law

The Ministry of Justice has published its response to a consultation on Asylum and Immigration Tribunal procedure rules and fast track procedure rules.

The Torture (Damages) Bill would enable victims to sue governments responsible for torture. Currently with the House of Lords, it has been welcomed by the Immigration Advisory Service in view of the potential benefits for refugees who have suffered torture.

Pro Asyl has made its 2007 report ‘Border Controls at Sea: Requirements under International Human Rights and Refugee Law’ available in English.

The Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Airport has released a report on the short term holding facilities there during the period April 2007/January 2008. These facilities have been used to hold port asylum applicants.

The Refugee Council has produced a short policy guide for advisors and applicants to higher education wishing to know the rules governing refugees and asylum seekers to home fees and student support.


Conference on “Best Practices for Refugee Status Determination: Principles and Standards for State Responsibility”. Organised by Monash University Faculty of Law and Universite de Montreal Faculty of Law: Monash University, Italy, 29/30 May 2008.


The House of Lords recently debated part 10 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, which seeks to hold immigration leave and associated work and welfare related benefits from those such as ‘failed’ asylum seekers who cannot be deported because of the UK’s ECHR obligations under the ECHR.

Nigerians have called for a boycott of British Airways unless it apologises to passengers ordered off a flight to Lagos after they raised concerns about an asylum seeker who was being deported. One of the complaining passengers was arrested and may face charges.


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