Asylum Update – September 3rd 2008


Immigration and social cohesion in the UK: the rhythms and realities of everyday life is a wide-ranging new study by Mary Hickman, Helen Crowley and Nick Mai, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Responses to the publication of the 2007 asylum statistics continue to appear, including from the press in Birmingham and Leeds in the light of the significant fall in the number of asylum seekers accommodated by UKBA (NASS) in those cities.

Meanwhile the Refugee Council has given its response to the second quarterly asylum statistics, also published in August.

Journal article: Young Asylum Seekers’ Conceptions of ‘Home’ at a Time of Transition to Adulthood by Ala Sirriyeh, in the International Journal of Migration Health and Social Care Vol. 4, Issue 1.

Policy and law

The UNHCR has issued recommendations centred on international protection for the second Euro-African conference on Migration and Development, to be held in Paris on 20 and 21 October 2008.

European Parliament briefing paper: EU: An analysis of the Commission Communications on future development of Frontex and the creation of a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR).


On 8 and 9 September, the French presidency of the European Union will host a ministerial conference entitled “Building a Europe of Asylum” in relation to the draft European Pact on Immigration and Asylum. The conference will also now include civil society participants.


70 migrants from Eritrea and Sudan were killed en route to Europe when their boat capsized


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