Publications

Women’s Asylum Appeals Project

New research by Asylum Aid has provided vital insight into how women’s appeals are dealt with in the UK asylum process, and how the system can be improved to ensure women are treated fairly. Nearly two thirds of initial asylum applications are refused each year by the Home Office.  Most people then take their case to appeal….

Monireh Moftizadeh: champion of women’s asylum rights

We are sad to report that Asylum Aid’s first women’s caseworker, Monireh Moftizadeh, passed away recently. Having come to the UK as a refugee from Iran, Monireh became an indefatigable and pioneering specialist on women’s asylum issues. As an Asylum Aid caseworker and a member of the Refugee Women’s Legal Group for 13 years, Monireh…

Asylum Aid submits evidence to official inspection of asylum applications

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration is undertaking an inspection of how the Home Office deals with applications for asylum and has consulted Asylum Aid and other civil society organisations. The key areas of interest to the inspection, according to the initial call for evidence, include: Screening and routing of asylum applicants Processing…

Statelessness on the Agenda at the Universal Periodic Review

The European Network on Statelessness, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, the University of Liverpool Law Clinic, and Migrants Resource Centre made a Joint Submission on statelessness in the UK to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in September 2016. We are pleased to announce that statelessness has been put on the agenda as numerous countries…

Can’t Stay. Can’t Go – refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned

Can’t Stay. Can’t Go. Refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned’ (Catherine Blanchard and Sarah Joy for the British Red Cross, February 2017) examines the situation of persons who have been refused asylum in the UK, but cannot return to their country of origin, some because they are stateless. Many such persons live in hardship…

Don’t Abandon Our Human Rights Act

MIGRANTS RESOURCE CENTRE & ASYLUM AID JOIN OVER 160 GROUPS TO TELL THERESA MAY: DON’T ABANDON OUR HUMAN RIGHTS ACT   Organisations come together to say now is time to think again, not to risk further division and legal confusion A letter asking the Prime Minister to abandon plans to scrap the Human Rights Act has…

Statelessness and applications for leave to remain

This guide, Statelessness and applications for leave to remain: a best practice guide, by Dr Sarah Woodhouse and Judith Carter (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and University of Liverpool Law Clinic, November 2016), published jointly by the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association and the University of Liverpool Law Clinic, is an excellent resource for practitioners advising and…

Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in the UK

  The report makes numerous recommendations, such as: The Government should properly consider (the risk of) statelessness in all decisions relating to detention, from the initial decision to detain and all subsequent decisions to maintain detention, in particular in relation to the consideration of whether removal is imminent. The Government should not detain persons who…