Policy Briefings

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…

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…

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…

The Protection Gap Policy Briefing

Women seeking asylum continue to be missed out. New international protocols list provisions for women in similar situations at home or abroad. But women seeking protection in the UK from human rights abuses abroad are not benefitting from these provisions. This protection gap is the subject of this briefing.

Asylum Aid Briefing for Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Asylum Aid has submitted this briefing to the Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, on behalf of the 350 signatory organisations of the Women’s Asylum Charter, in response to a request for recommendations regarding the state response to violence against women and girls (VAWG). Asylum Aid welcomes the the emphasis the Labour party is giving in…

The importance of Legal Aid

Asylum is a question of life and death, and nobody should be expected to negotiate the UK asylum system without access to a lawyer. The threat to Legal Aid, and our work lobbying for its survival, is described in Policy Briefing 3. Asylum Aid has long been a leading voice campaigning to ensure that Legal…

Early legal advice for asylum seekers

The availability of high quality legal advice from the first stages of an asylum claim has the potential to improve decision-making, to bring down public costs, and to restore much-needed faith in the asylum system.  This is described further in this document   More information is available from the detailed independent evaluation published after early access to legal advice was trialled by the…

The rights of women seeking asylum

Every single woman seeking asylum has the right to a fair and dignified process. The evidence underpinning our work on the rights of women, and our plans for ongoing work, is outlined in the document. The Every Single Woman campaign provides a compelling account of the way many women are treated when they seek asylum…