Asylum Update 22nd January 2010

22 January 2010




Human Rights Watch has published its World Report 2010


Home, Colonial and Foreign: Europe, Empire and the History of Migration in 20th-century Britain  by Wendy Webster in History Compass Vol 8; No 1.


The European Network against Racism (ENAR) has published its sixth General Policy Paper: Migration and diversity: a rights-based approach to migration


UNHCR has published an updated Country Briefing Folder on Zimbabwe  


Beyond Stockholm: overcoming the inconsistencies of immigration policy by Elizabeth Collett. Published by the European Policy Centre, and based on a series of workshops it held in 2009.


The model of integration? Social and spatial transformations in the Leeds Jewish community by Irina Kudenko and Deborah Phillips. Published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol No 9.


Introducing child care social work: contemporary policy and practice is a new book by Jill Davey and Jenny Bigmore giving a "practitioner's perspective on the challenges of working in child care social work in the current context of organisational and social change". Topics covered include unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.


Chance or choice? Understanding why asylum seekers come to the UK is a new research report by Professor Heaven Crawley of the University of Swansea for the Refugee Council.See also media coverage: ITN , Daily Express , Morning Star


Issues in using interpreters in therapeutic work with refugees. What is not being expressed? by Tribe, R.; and Keefe, A. in the European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Vol 11 No 4.



Law and Policy


Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has provided parliament with figures for outstanding asylum appeals by region for the years 2006 to 2009


The Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) is calling for evidence for its 'Triennial Review Consultation'. The CEHR wants to know about discrimination and how it affects peoples' lives. The deadline for submissions is 29 January. Answer online or download the questionnaire


Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the `Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers' in the Official Journal of the European Union Vol 52 No 317.





The Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University has begun a series of fortnightly public seminars on the theme of ‘dialogues between academia and practice'.  


Tuesday 26th January :‘Immigration detention and the right to liberty: pressing concerns for 2010' is the theme under discussion at the Bail for Immigration Detainees Annual General Meeting. 6.30pm, London. Speakers include HMIP immigration detention team leader Hindpal Singh Bhui; Simon Hughes MP UKBA Chief Inspector John Vine CBE; and an ex detainee.


Wednesday 3 February, 1 p.m: Engage to Change Question Time Meeting on the Future of Volunteering for Migrants and Refugees, organised by the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum and Migrant Rights Network in London. Booking via


Friday 5 February: Refugee Council Policy Update Conference 2010, From Theory to Practice: How asylum policy impacts on the refugee experience





Moving to Mars is a new film charting the progress of two Burmese refugee families resettled in Sheffield from a camp in Thailand.



The Institute of Race Relations has published its Annual Report 2009



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