Asylum Update – 21st May 2008

Research

The Home Office has published asylum statistics for the first quarter of 2008. It has also announced changes to the contents following consultation. These will take effect from the next bulletin, and aim for a “more structured and broader overview of the statistics published.”

The Independent Asylum Commission has published Saving Sanctuary – its first report of conclusions and recommendations. It focuses on public attitudes and the decision-making process, and is the first of three reports to be issued this summer. See BBC coverage here.

The IOM and Eurasylum have published ‘Assessing the Costs and Impacts of Migration Policy: an International Comparison’. The book examines migration and asylum policies in several EU states, the USA, Canada, and the European Commission.

Call for papers on the issue of refugee status determination for an upcoming issue of Canadian journal Refuge. Deadline June 15 2008.

Policy and law

The Home Office has announced that the Citizenship, Immigration and Borders Bill will form part of the 2008-9 draft legislative programme. It claims the Bill provides for the “biggest shake-up of Britain’s border security and immigration system for over 35 years.”

Events

Promoting Change through Innovation: New Approaches in Services for Migrants and Refugees is an international workshop to be held by the European Centre for Migration and Social Care at the University of Kent from 13th-15th June. Email for information and booking.

The EU-wide Odysseus Academic Network will hold its 8th Summer School on Immigration and Asylum Policy of the European Union in Brussels from 30 June-11 July 2008.

Refugee Week takes place from 16-25th June and will feature artistic, cultural and educational events across the country celebrating the contribution of refugees to the UK.

Conference: Tackling loss and trauma within mental health services conference. 3rd June, London. Includes speakers from Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture and Refugee Council. Email for information and booking.

News

The UK Border Agency has announced plans for up to 60 per cent more immigration removal centre places in an effort to increase removals, with failed asylum seekers cited as one of the main target groups. Planning applications will be taken forward at Bicester and Yarls Wood.

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