Refugees


Unhcr Guidelines – Sexual Orientation

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published on 23 October 2012 a new set of Guidelines on International Protection relating specifically to claims to refugee status based on sexual orientation under the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees.  These Guidelines supplement the UNHCR Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status […]

19th November 2012 (Asylum, Legal Matters, Policy, Refugees)

Asylum And Temporary Admission

For a general discussion of the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees together with the New York Protocol of 1967, (together referred to in this paper as “the Convention”) you are referred to Legal Briefing Paper 8.32 “Asylum Seekers – a serious case of misunderstanding” and also to the definitions of “asylum”, […]

10th April 2012 (Asylum, Legal Matters, Refugees)

Letter By Sir Andrew Green In The Sunday Times 11 March, 2012

Foreign Student Count Simon Walker, the director-general of the Institute of Directors, could hardly be more wrong about the government’s policy on foreign students (“Cameron’s immigrant student blunder”, Think Tank, last week). The government’s aim is to not to discourage bright international students who are clearly beneficial. Rather it is to clamp down on widespread […]

60th Anniversary Of The Refugee Convention

The following comment can be attributed to Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK.   "The situation has changed beyond recognition since the Refugee Convention was signed 60 years ago. There is now widespread abuse. Over half of all applicants in the UK only claim when detected. Nearly two thirds (60%) of all cases decided […]

20th June 2011 (Asylum, Refugees)

A Quarter Of A Million Failed Asylum Seekers Granted Amnesty

Summary 1 The latest (and largest) exercise in granting settlement to failed asylum seekers is the continuation of a sorry tradition of amnesties that has resulted in over 250,000 failed asylum seekers being granted settlement since the early 1990s. Once settlement is achieved additional dependants can then join the person in the UK so the […]

3rd June 2011 (Amnesty, Asylum, Policy, Refugees)

North African Crisis Could Test The Asylum System To Destruction

The recent instability caused by revolutionary change and military conflict in some Arab countries in North Africa has the potential to generate substantial flows of migrants into the EU. EU Ministers will meet on 11 May to consider what might be done. Some migrants will be genuine refugees but many will be economic migrants. Anyone […]

The Immigration Appeals System Revised – 2010 Version

This Briefing Paper 8.30 substantially amends and brings up to date the previous version dated March 2005 (now deleted), taking account of recent changes in the law Introduction 1 The immigration appeals system has undergone major changes twice in recent years. Until April 2005 there was a two tier system, the first tier consisting of […]

16th March 2010 (Asylum, Legal Matters, Policy, Refugees)

Bbc Today Programme: Asylum Seekers, Calais

Sir Andrew Green was interviewed on the Today Programme at 8.35 this morning about the asylum seekers’ camp near Calais, together with Donna Covey, the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council. Sir Andrew said that the reason for people queueing up in Calais must be that Britain was perceived as a “soft touch”. The official […]

19th September 2009 (Amnesty, Asylum, Refugees)

Migrationwatch Media Information

Migrationwatch website has been revamped and updated. This should make it easier to find any information on immigration and asylum issues you may require. In particular, two overview papers: “What is the problem?” and “What can be done?” may prove to be useful.

Legislative Developments

In September 2008 Briefing Paper 8.28, summarising the contents of the Draft (Partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill, gave an account of the Bill’s contents and of the views on it which we submitted to the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons…… … There is now before Parliament a Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, […]

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