Asylum Update – August 22nd 2008


The Home Office has published its latest quarterly and annual asylum and immigration statistics:

Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/08 – Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 

Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom – 2nd Quarter 2008 containing quarterly asylum statistics

Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007

See also press coverage


HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has published its Report on an announced inspection of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre carried out in February 2008.

Incidents of ‘serious self-harm’ in Immigration Removal Centres between April and June 2008 have increased by 27% over the previous quarter, according to information accessed by the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns through the Freedom of Information Act.                          See also: Iraqi Kurd hunger strike at removal centre ends

UK AIDS and Human Rights Project have released Empty Promises: holding the UK government accountable for its commitments on HIV, Human Rights and Vulnerable people, a new report focussing on the effects of relevant policy and legislation on asylum seeking adults and children, amongst other vulnerable groups.

Grief Matters for young asylum seekers and refugees is a report produced by the National Children’s Bureau and the Childhood Bereavement Network based on a seminar in October 2007 attended by academics, practitioners, policy makers and others working in the fields of childhood bereavement and young refugees.

Updated statistics on monthly asylum applications in selected industrialised countries is now available from UNHCR Statistics under the category Asylum Trends. The latest data covers the period January – June 2008.


Policy and law

The Immigration Law Practitioners Association published updates on changes to immigration law, including: recent judgments by the House of Lords on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, long residence rules, the draft Immigration and Citizenship Bill, and how to request access to personal information held by the UK Borders Agency.


Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg MP has expressed support for the idea that asylum seekers should be allowed to work while waiting for a decision on their claim.


The Refugee Week website has been updated to include a variety of sources of information about refugees including cultural and educational resources, case studies and interviews.


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