Publications

New Women’s Project at the Lewisham Refugee and Migrants’ Network

The Women’s Project @LRMN strives to take a holistic approach in its work with refugee, asylum-seeking, and migrant women by offering both practical and emotional support to suit their individual and changing needs. Through Advocacy work we help women to address their welfare, housing, education and asylum/immigration issues. 1-1 Counselling offers a safe platform where…

Women’s Asylum News 132

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News, read about women in the jungle at Calais and new plans to review Home Office policy on the detention of pregnant women in Yarl’s Wood. Click on the image below to read!

So what’s new, Theresa May?

By Debora Singer, Policy & Research Manager at Asylum Aid “From Bosnia to Britain, from arriving here as a refugee to serving the public in government and in the House of Lords, your story is an inspiration to us all.”  Who was the Home Secretary, Theresa May, talking about as she started her speech at…

Women’s Asylum Appeals Project

Asylum Aid will be conducting a new research project looking at how women’s appeals are dealt with in the UK asylum process. Nearly two thirds of initial asylum applications are refused each year by the Home Office. Most people then take their case to appeal. This research will explore how women asylum seekers navigate the…

Democracy in action: Asylum Aid responds to Daily Mail

I welcome Saturday’s article in the Daily Mail, which so clearly describes British democracy working as it was designed – where “every new Government policy proposal should be vigorously discussed (and, if necessary, criticised).” Britain is rightly proud of a system that allows, even encourages, people to speak out if they disagree with government policies….

New video on credibility assessments in women’s asylum claims

Receiving a negative credibility assessment, not being believed, is the key reason why women’s asylum applications are refused. Debora Singer, Policy and Research Manager at Asylum Aid, has contributed a chapter on navigating credibility assessments in women’s asylum claims to a multi-disciplinary training manual on credibility assessments in asylum procedures aimed at asylum professionals across…

Report by UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Women who disclose gender-based persecution to the Home Office when they make their asylum claim continue to face disbelief and detention, according to a new report by Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SRVAW).  Ms Manjoo visited the UK in April 2014.  Her report was published by the UN Office of…

Yarl’s Wood Update

A recent report by the Independent Monitoring Board, a body of civilians tasked with monitoring the welfare of prisons in the UK, cited serious concerns about the Healthcare provisions of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. G4S, the world’s largest security company, took over the delivery of healthcare to detainees in Yarl’s Wood from Serco in…