Asylum Update – 17th September 2008


Amnesty International has published Scotland’s Slaves: An Amnesty International briefing on trafficking in Scotland

Soldiers, Migrants and Citizens – the Nepalese in Britain is a new report by Jessica Mai Sims in the Runnymede Community Studies series.

Beyond the 21st Century Hadrian’s Wall: the Externalisation of Immigration and Border Control Policy by the European Union by Frigo, M; and Clandestine Immigration across the Strait of Gibraltar: Effects of Control Mechanisms on Immigration from North Africa by Mesa, J.R. appear in Vol 11 No 2 of the Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights

The quality of Somali translations of public service information used by refugees in Manchester is deficient, according to an ongoing study sponsored by the Millennium Commission and Manchester Metropolitan University.


Policy and law

On 8 and 9 September, the French EU Presidency hosted a ministerial conference entitled “Building a Europe of Asylum” in Paris, in order to prepare the second phase of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and host an exchange between the EU Institutions, Member States, UNHCR and civil society on the issue. See also UNHCR statement to EU ministers.

A legal challenge on behalf of Iraqis who worked for the British military who do not currently qualify to be resettled in Britain has been dismissed. The challenge sought a judicial review on the basis that the government’s duty of care to its staff was not being met.

The Refugee Council has published a new briefing on the Draft (partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill 2008 [September 2008]

An 8-year-old Iranian boy held at Yarl’s Wood removal centre since 15 July has been released after solicitors began High Court proceedings against the Home Office, challenging the legality of his detention. See also: families’ ‘alternative to detention’ centre to shut and centre for returning Afghan minors to open


‘Are Asylum Seeking Children Safe in the UK?’ is a conference to be held on Tuesday 14 October in London and hosted by the Children’s Service Network. It will examine the ‘tension between asylum legislation and policies designed to support and protect vulnerable children’, with speakers from UKBA, IOM and other bodies..

The Institute of Race Relations will be holding a conference to mark its 50th anniversary on Saturday 1 November in London, with Lee Bridges, Victoria Brittain, David Edgar, Liz Fekete, Arun Kundnani, Herman Ouseley, Colin Prescod, A. Sivanandan and Salma Yaqoob.


The Refugees into Teaching project has issued reports of two conferences held in June: its annual national conference and a special conference on retraining and reemploying refugee teachers.


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