Asylum Update – July 9th 2008


The Independent Asylum Commission has published its second report of Conclusions and Recommendations entitledSafe Return: how to improve what happens when we refuse people sanctuary.’ Press coverage here and here

‘Mauritania: “Nobody wants to have anything to do with us” ‘ is a new report from Amnesty International focussing on the arrests and removals of Mauritanian refugees attempting to enter Europe.

‘Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2008’ is a new report from Plan International highlighting the experiences of women and girls in conflict situations worldwide.

The International Crisis Group publishes CrisisWatch, a monthly update on conflict situations across the world. Five ‘actual or potential’ conflict situations are deemed to have deteriorated in June 2008: Chad, Djibouti/Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Nigeria.

Forced Migration Review is seeking submissions for a special issue in December to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the submission of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement to the UN Human Rights Commission, to follow an international conference on the same theme in Oslo in October.

Better outcomes for unaccompanied or separated children seeking asylum: a case where putting one’s money where one’s mouth is? by Neil Cobb in Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol 20 No 2.

Finney, N. and Simpson, L. Internal migration and ethnic groups: evidence for Britain from the 2001 Census ‘ in Population, Space and Place No 14.

Finney, N. and Robinson, V. ‘Local press, dispersal and community in the construction of asylum debates’ in Social & Cultural Geography Vol 9 No 4.

The July issue of International Journal of Refugee Law is now available online.

Policy and law

In a decision that reverses recent case law, the Law Lords have ruled that asylum appeals based on the right to family life should not generally be turned down on the grounds that the appellant should first return to their home country to seek entry clearance.

See Time Law Reports on Chikwamba v Secretary of State for the Home Department.

The Equality Standard for Local Government (ESLG) has produced a draft Equality Framework for Local Government and is running a consultation until October 10. Respondents are also invited to fill an accompanying online survey

The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement at the end of June saw representatives from 34 countries, NGOs and UNHCR experts discuss “the coordination of international efforts towards refugees who continue to be at risk in the countries where they have sought asylum.”


A Court of Appeal judge has accused the government of threatening judicial independence by obliging judges to use a rule in the 2004 Immigration and Asylum Bill to dismiss the story of any asylum-seeker who left their home country using a false passport. See press coverage

The Refugee Women’s Resource Project at Asylum Aid, in consultation with various refugee, women’s and human rights organizations, has produced a Charter of rights of women seeking asylum in order to influence the UK Border Agency.


Reluctant Refuge: the asylum experience in Britain is a new book by Edie Friedman and Reva Klein and published by the British Library. It charts refugee experiences and attitudes towards refugees in Britain from the early 20th century to the present day.


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