Publications

LGBTI Resources

Together with the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group we have compiled a list of resources to help anybody involved in representing a person seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual or gender identity or expression. These include links to: Home Office statistics and guidance UNHCR guides and information ICIBI reports Country information Case law…

Three steps towards a fair asylum appeals system – Debora Singer MBE

A report published today by Catrin Nye and Leo Sands of the Victoria Derbyshire programme confirmed that there is a significant disparity in the rate at which appeals are granted in different asylum appeals tribunals across the UK. Legal representatives have a major role to play in ensuring applicants are able to put forward their…

Through her eyes – new research from Asylum Aid 

by Debora Singer MBE, Senior Policy Advisor at Asylum Aid “I felt like I was on my own in there and everyone was against me.” This is how a woman asylum seeker describes her asylum appeal.  These words are taken from Asylum Aid’s new research, Through her eyes: enabling women’s best evidence in UK asylum…

Protection Gap campaign influences Home Office Action Plan

Following an extensive postcard campaign, the Home Office included all five of our demands in its Gender Asylum Action Plan produced in March 2015. We are encouraged that the Home Office is continuing to engage with us on their progress on the issues we have raised.  They are taking our concerns very seriously and we are pleased…

Monireh Moftizadeh: champion of women’s asylum rights

We are sad to report that Asylum Aid’s first women’s caseworker, Monireh Moftizadeh, passed away recently. Having come to the UK as a refugee from Iran, Monireh became an indefatigable and pioneering specialist on women’s asylum issues. As an Asylum Aid caseworker and a member of the Refugee Women’s Legal Group for 13 years, Monireh…

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…

Letter on statelessness determination from Immigration Minister

Minister for Immigration lays out government stance on the determination of stateless persons in letter to Asylum Aid. Asylum Aid wrote to the Home Office commending the UK’s introduction of the Statelessness Determination Procedure in 2013 and to highlight areas of policy and practise in need of improvement, including that the UK should recognise statelessness as…

Statelessness on the Agenda at the Universal Periodic Review

The European Network on Statelessness, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, the University of Liverpool Law Clinic, and Migrants Resource Centre made a Joint Submission on statelessness in the UK to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in September 2016. We are pleased to announce that statelessness has been put on the agenda as numerous countries…