Asylum Update – 2nd October 2008


New journal article: Questions of inclusion and exclusion. Are there ways of achieving `real participation’ of users from refugee and asylum seeking groups in service development at an institutional and treatment level? by David Palmer and Cath Maffia in the Journal of Mental Health Education and Practice Vol 3 No 3. 

The European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) has released Country reports 2007: Belarus, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine on the situation for refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons in those countries in 2007.

Last year the Asylum Support Partnership produced ‘The Destitution Tally’ – a report based on partners’ counts of destitute asylum seekers seen. This month the exercise will be repeated with the participation of more organisations including the Red Cross. Contact Kate Smart for details.

The latest statistical report (May 2008) on the Refugees into Teaching database is now available. This voluntary database seeks to get an accurate picture of the number of refugee teachers and their training needs.

Forced Migration Online has published two new guides for researchers: Researching Forced Migration: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources by Elisa Mason, and A Research Guide to Local Integration by Sarah Meyer.


Policy and law

The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith announced at the Labour Party conference that the UK is to lift its reservation on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The reservation restricts the rights of children who are subject to immigration control. See UNHCR press release and also Refugee Council conference season blog

On 21st August the UK Borders Agency published A strong new force at the border – a 3 year strategy paper which proposes ‘triple checks’ of stronger checks overseas, a new force operating the ‘frontline’, and tighter checks in the UK.

The Refugee Council has issued briefings on Permission to work for asylum seekers on the basis of European Directive 2003/9/EC) [September 2008] and the Draft (partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill 2008

European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers have agreed on the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum which was initiated by the French Presidency. The Pact seeks to harmonise different asylum practices in EU Member States and promote voluntary resettlement within the EU of UNHCR-protected persons.

Eurasylum has published its new monthly policy interview featuring Chris Hedges, Chair of the European Committee on Migration of the Council of Europe, on ‘Current trends in irregular migration to Europe’.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the Home Office has released information on Policy on the cancellation of refugee status and Home Office asylum policy towards Iraqi refugees


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