Publications

New Asylum Aid research project on women’s asylum appeals

Asylum Aid is undertaking 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.  This research will explore how women asylum seekers navigate the appeals process, the extent to which current guidance is…

Successful challenge to DFT by vulnerable woman

On 5-6 October 2015 the Administrative Court was due to hear a challenge brought by a vulnerable woman to the decision to detain her in the detained fast track process (DFT) at Yarl’s Wood. On 2 October 2015 the Secretary of State settled the claim, conceding that in light of a number of judgments where…

The Immigration Bill 2015 – changes to accommodation and financial support (asylum support) for asylum seekers – How will it impact on women?

By Alice Webb, Women’s Legal Advisor at the Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) The Government is planning major changes to the asylum support system in the UK. These changes are outlined in the Immigration Bill 2015, currently making its way through Parliament. If you want to find out more about the proposed changes, please read our…

A tale of two treaties

Two new European conventions will strengthen the rights of women seeking asylum. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) has been ratified by many member states.  The tenth ratification (by Andorra) triggered its entering into force in August 2014.  The UK signed the Convention in…

UNHCR: Situation deteriorating for Colombian women

UNHCR has warned that the situation for women in Colombia has continued to deteriorate, with women at risk of violence from all parties to the armed conflict ongoing in the country. Women who are human rights defenders or who are in leadership roles are at particular risk in Colombia, according to UNHCR, and this is…

UNHCR: Internally displaced women and children at particular risk in Ukraine

UNHCR has published an update on protection considerations in Ukraine that concludes that internally displaced women continue to face a severe risk of sexual and gender-based violence. The report raises concerns over the fact that the particular vulnerabilities of women due to their gender are not recognised in Ukrainian laws and policies on internally displaced…

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…