Publications

Policy Briefing: An Inspection of Asylum Casework March – July 2015

Despite the input of women refugees/asylum seekers and practitioners to this inspection, we are disappointed that the Chief Inspector’s report does not include any statistics disaggregated by gender.  The aspects of the report that are particularly relevant to women seeking asylum are therefore limited and we have not sought to draw any conclusions from them. This…

Protection Gap campaign reaches Europe!

On 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day, members of the European parliament voted in a resolution on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU. Crucially, this resolution includes all the demands from the Charter campaign to close the Protection Gap.  Asylum Aid provided a briefing and follow-up lobbying to inform the…

Policy Briefing: Double Standards for Women Seeking Asylum in Europe

Women seeking asylum in Europe face double standards. Measures for victims of sexual violence in conflict and victims of crime are not guaranteed to victims of the same sexual violence seeking asylum in the UK. Yet these measures would enhance credibility assessments. Credibility assessments have a disproportionate effect on women’s asylum claims particularly those based…

Don’t Stand By

By Debora Singer, Policy & Research Manager With refugees facing dangerous journeys to reach protection, I find myself regularly using the hashtag #saferoutes. But what does this phrase actually mean? As I pondered this, I realised that my parents and grandparents had used many safe routes themselves as Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. So as…

The Shaw Review into Welfare in Detention: Implications for women in detention

The presumption against detention should be extended to victims of rape and sexual violence, and the presumption of exclusion from detention of pregnant women should be replaced with an absolute exclusion according to the recommendations made by Stephen Shaw in a review of welfare in immigration detention of vulnerable persons. The review focuses mainly on…

Women and children at risk of sexual violence in Europe’s refugee crisis

Women and children refugees entering Europe in the ongoing displacement crisis face sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, even once on European soil, according to a growing number of voices. Amnesty International recently reported alarm over numerous testimonies from women who have suffered abuse at the hands of fellow refugees, smugglers, and even European authorities, while the…