Research Reports

Actors of Protection and the Application of the Internal Protection Alternative

Asylum Aid has contributed the UK section of this comparative European report undertaken by ECRE. Ten years after the adoption of the EU Qualification Directive, the application and interpretation of the concepts of the Internal Protection Alternative (IPA) and Actors of Protection are still not harmonised among EU Member States and still give rise to concerns…

Mind the Gap: AIDA Annual Report 2013-14

With restricted access to EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees. The second annual report of the Asylum Information Database (AIDA), entitled Mind the Gap, illustrates the persistent gaps between the theory of…

Providing Protection: Access to early legal advice for asylum seekers

A new European comparative report, to which Asylum Aid contributed the UK section, argues that access to early legal advice (ELA) for asylum seekers has wide-ranging benefits for all stakeholders in the asylum process, increasing confidence on all sides and improving the quality of decision making. The report defines ELA as a where an asylum…

Dividing Lines – New research report published by Asylum Aid

Asylum Aid today publishes its new report ‘Dividing Lines: Asylum, the media and some reasons for (cautious) optimism’. Dividing Lines looks back at ten years of hostile media coverage of asylum and refugee issues, and asks how we might move onto a more positive and progressive public debate. It argues that with the quantity of…

AIDA UK report

Asylum Aid has published new research, which details policy and practice in every aspect of the UK asylum procedure. This exhaustive report identifies good and bad practice in the way asylum seekers are treated in the UK, covering reception conditions, asylum procedures, the information used to make decisions, and the circumstances under which someone is…

Right First Time

It’s time for the Home Office and asylum solicitors to work together to make the asylum system work. Right First Time describes Asylum Aid’s work to try and make this happen, and provides a framework for a system which will work better for everyone.

Rethinking Asylum Legal Representation

Rethinking Asylum Legal Representation examines the current state of legal advice for asylum seekers. It highlights the need to safeguard the highest quality work which still survives and support those finding ways to stretch their resources and help as many refugees as possible.

Gender-related asylum claims in Europe – Summary

This executive summary describes the main findings and recommendations in our comparative analysis of the treatment of gender-related asylum claims in nine EU member states. It finds vast and worrying disparities in the way different EU states handle gender-related asylum claims, and concludes that much work is needed to put in place a consistent, gender-sensitive…