Women’s Asylum News

Asylum Aid submits evidence to official inspection of asylum applications

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration is undertaking an inspection of how the Home Office deals with applications for asylum and has consulted Asylum Aid and other civil society organisations. The key areas of interest to the inspection, according to the initial call for evidence, include: Screening and routing of asylum applicants Processing…

‘Listen to the Women’

By Sophie Radice, Women for Refugee Women ‘What happens to a man on this journey? The most is that he is whipped and tortured. I would have rather had the same fate. But no women pass through the Sahara to Libya without being raped.’ Those were the words of one Eritrean refugee, read by actress…

Case Summary – A v SSHD [2016] CSIH 38

This case concerns the eligibility of spouses to apply for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of having been a victim of domestic violence where they had joined their spouse in the UK under the refugee family reunion provisions. The case was brought by a Ugandan woman (called ‘A’) who was granted a visa…

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…