Publications

They Took Me Away: Women’s experiences of immigration detention in the UK

This research carried out by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and the Refugee Women’s Resource Project at Asylum Aid shows the extent of the trauma that women asylum-seekers suffer when detained in this country. The report is based on in-depth interviews with 13 women affected by detention in the United Kingdom. The report presents women’s…

Safe for Whom? Women’s Human Rights Abuses in ‘Safe List’ Countries: Albania, Jamaica and Ukraine

This report covers information on women’s rights abuses in three countries included on the Home Office ‘safe country list’. In these particular countries, the research shows that women’s rights continue to be systematically violated while women have very little resource to protection and/or legal redress. The Refugee Women’s Resource Project at Asylum Aid argues that…

Refugee Women and Domestic Violence: Country Studies

The research aims to enable legal practitioners representing women fleeing domestic violence to realistically assess the strength of a claim for protection, as well as to raise awareness amongst those involved in the asylum process of the significance of domestic violence for refugee women. Each country report consists of sections on the political and human…

Women Asylum-seekers in the UK: A gender perspective – some facts and figures

This report provides a unique study of women asylum-seekers in this country, providing details about their sociological backgrounds, the grounds on which they claim asylum and the nature of abuse they experienced in their country of origin. The research also analyses the main reasons provided by the Home Office to refuse women asylum-seekers international protection…

‘No Upright Words’: The human rights of women in Kenya

The Refugee Women’s Resource Project at Asylum Aid published two substantial reports on the experiences of Kenyan women asylum-seekers in February 2001. No Upright Words focuses on the experiences of women in Kenya, and the second, Only Crooked Words, on Kenyan women’s experiences as asylum-seekers in the UK.

‘Only Crooked Words’: Home Office decisions on Kenyan women’s asylum claims

The Refugee Women’s Resource Project at Asylum Aid published two substantial reports on the experiences of Kenyan women asylum-seekers in February 2001. The first report, No Upright Words, focused on the experiences of women in Kenya. Only Crooked Words focuses on Kenyan women’s experiences as asylum-seekers in the UK. The aims of the research were…

Still No Reason At All: Home Office decisions on asylum claims

In 1995, Asylum Aid’s report No Reason At All brought the issue of poor Home Office decision-making to public attention. It highlighted how unfair and arbitrary methods were the norm in deciding on asylum claims, and that many people with valid reasons for seeking protection were refused asylum on the basis of cursory and careless…