Asylum Update – 28th May 2008


Journal article (1): The Politics of Refugee Protection by G.S. Goodwin-Gill in Refugee Survey Quarterly 27/1

Journal article (2): Dynamics and Countervailing Pressures of Visa, Asylum and Immigration Policy Treaty Revision: Explaining Change and Stagnation from the Amsterdam IGC to the IGC of 2003-04 by A. Niemann in the Journal of Common Market Studies 46/3

Medicins du Monde UK has published a report on Project London, a clinic providing healthcare and advice to vulnerable sectors, including asylum seekers. See also press release and press coverage

“Arts and refugees: history, impact and future” is a new study commissioned by the Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Baring Foundation to look at work over the last fifteen years which involves refugees and asylum seekers in the arts.

To track the effects of workplace checks on migrant and minority ethnic workers, the Migrants Rights Network has initiated the ‘Papers Please’ research project

Policy and law

Ambassadors of the EU member states have reached agreement on the draft Return Directive affecting ‘illegally staying third country nationals”. The European Parliament will vote on it on 16 June. See also ECRE/Amnesty letter to MEPs

The Refugee Council has issued its responses to the new quarterly asylum statistics and proposed increase in detention places. See also press coverage of new statistics here

The Welsh Assembly has announced that refused asylum seekers will be given access to NHS healthcare, in line with policy in Scotland. See media coverage here

The House of Lords has ruled that a refugee was entitled to protection from prosecution under the UN Refugee Convention when, after a short stopover in the UK, she presented false documentation to the airline to travel to the country where she intended to seek asylum.


Regional launches of the Independent Asylum Commission’s  Reports of Conclusions and Recommendations will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 12 June and Manchester on Monday 30 June. Attendance is by invitation only

Seminar: ‘Second Class Citizens: Are Progressives Failing Migrants?’ at the Compass conference on Saturday 14 June, with speakers from Barrow Cadbury Trust, Unite, the Migrant and Refugee Community Forum and others.

Conference: “Asylum – Pushing the Frontiers of Professional Practice” on Saturday 21 June at the University of Salford. Organized by the university together with the British Association of Social Workers and Unison.


Medact have produced a Maternity Advocacy and Access Pack for community organizations supporting “highly marginalised black and minority ethnic women, including refugees, asylum seekers, women with little or no English and women with insecure immigration status”.


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