UN: Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013
21 March 2014 – A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria.
According to “Asylum Trends 2013,” 612,700 people applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year... [Read more of this review]
The truth about sexual abuse in a British detention centre
CLARE SAMBROOK 29 October 2013: What is the government really doing to protect immigration detainees from their guards?
In Parliament on Tuesday 15 October, the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather challenged the government to come clean about a sexual abuse scandal.
Male guards employed by the commercial contractor Serco have, allegedly, been sexually... [Read more of this review]
Open Democracy – G4S and other assorted reports
G4S: Securing whose world?
In a privatised children’s prison, a care worker restrained a boy who died; G4S promoted him. After guards killed an asylum-seeker on a plane, G4S was handed a public contract to provide housing for asylum-seekers — they’ve made a mess of that. In a prison van in Australia they baked a man to death.
Welcome... [Read more of this review]
Destitution: Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report Asylum
84. People in all stages of the asylum system experience destitution:
those awaiting a decision if they are unable to access support;
those whose appeal rights are currently exhausted but fail to return to their country of origin, who lose all support and are evicted from accommodation 21 days after a final refusal; and
those who have... [Read more of this review]
Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report – Asylum
Terms of Reference
In 2012, there were 21,955 applications for asylum in the UK.
As of 19 September 2013, of those 21,955 cases, 18,423 have received an initial decision and 12,632 have been concluded. This means that 3,523 people who applied for asylum in 2012 have yet to receive an initial decision.
Of the 12, 632 cases that have been concluded... [Read more of this review]
I don’t feel human, experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants,
Children and young people have specific rights that should be protected above considerations of immigration control, and should be central to the decisions made about them.
End-to-end cash-based support
The government should implement a single end-to-end cash-based support system for asylum seekers as well as those who... [Read more of this review]
Kidney transplant patient wins immigration appeal hearing
On Friday 26 July, judges in the Upper Immigration and Asylum Tribunal rejected an appeal from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, that Roseline Akhalu, a 49-year old former postgraduate student from Leeds should be returned to Nigeria where she would have faced the prospect of death ‘within weeks’. [Read more of this review]
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