Publications

Policy Briefing – The UK’s approach to statelessness

This briefing considers the UK’s approach to statelessness applications under Part 14 of the Immigration Rules and identifies some of the existing shortcomings in the UK’s approach. We make three main recommendations regarding: 1) quality of decisions; 2) delays in decision making; and 3) the need for legal aid. Click on the image below to…

#WeStandWithYou – September 17th

We’re proud to support the ‘Refugees Welcome’ march taking place in London on September 17th! Last September, the world was shocked and devastated by the image of Aylan Kurdi, an innocent three-year-old child, who had drowned in the Mediterranean and whose little body was washed up on the shore. The out-pouring of grief and emotion…

Charging vulnerable migrant women for maternity care

By Rosalind Bragg Charging for NHS maternity care has harsh impacts on vulnerable migrant women.  Women who are chargeable face costs of at least £4,000 for standard maternity care, with bills rising to over £8,000 for women who have caesareans. Women are entitled to receive maternity care whether or not they can pay in advance. …

Listening to refugee #WomensVoices

By Pierrette Pape “My name is Mina and I’ve been a refugee since the day I was born.” Mina Jaf has been an activist and vocal advocate for refugee women’s rights for several years. Last April, she received the Voice of Courage 2016 Award, a Women’s Refugee Commission’s Award celebrating refugee women for their action…

Symposium on sexual violence against women and credibility

By Georgina Colby The Network for Contemporary Feminisms at University of Westminster held a symposium on Sexual Violence Against Women: Voice and Representation on Friday 17th June 2016 in London.  This summary focuses on the aspects relevant to women seeking asylum. Keir Starmer MP, then Shadow Minister for Immigration gave a talk focussing on three…

Detention of Pregnant Women: new guidance

Under the new Immigration Act, pregnant women will no longer be allowed to be detained for longer than 72 hours. The Home Office has issued new guidance on this rule entitled Chapter 55a, Detention of pregnant women on 12th July 2016. This guidance follows up the section in the Immigration Bill 2016 (enacted 12th May…

Parliamentary Question reveals extent of sexual assaults at Yarl’s Wood

Six formal allegations of sexual assault were made by detainees at Yarl’s Wood against guards between 2013 and 2015, a Parliamentary Question has revealed, after the Home Office originally declined to provide the information. Angela Crawley, SNP MP for Lanark and Hamilton East asked the then Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, about the issue in a…

Women flee rape in Burundi

Women fleeing outbreaks of violence in Burundi are reaching Tanzania with harrowing tales of sexual violence, according to reports from UNHCR. More than 137,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring Tanzania since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced just over a year ago that he would run for a third term. The announcement ignited a wave of protests,…

Green energy project to protect refugees from rape in Uganda

A new green energy program in Uganda aims to keep refugee women and girls safe from sexual assault. A consortium of international agencies, including UNHCR, World Food Programme and the Women’s Refugee Commission have established a new green energy program providing energy-saving stoves and slow-burning briquettes to refugee women in the Kyaka II refugee settlement…

First ever Refugee Olympic team hosts four women

The International Olympic Commission has announced that four women and six men will form the first Refugee Olympic team, competing in running, swimming and judo.  They will have a home in the Olympic Village, have the Olympic anthem played in their honour and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Stadium. The IOC…