Involving Refugees and Asylum Seekers in feedback regarding their needs from health and social services
On 1st April 2008, Local Involvement Networks (LINks) were launched nationwide as a new way for people to feedback what they want from their health and social care services and to hold service providers accountable.
They are currently trying to raise awareness of the Westminster project and are very keen to involve refugees and asylum seekers.
Link [Last update: 2008-05-07; 09:15]
The Border and Immigration Agency April 2007
The Border and Immigration Agency is a new executive agency of the Home Office. The Agency assumes the responsibilities of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) for managing immigration control in the UK.
Link [Last update: 2007-04-16; 11:31]
Forced Migration Online
Latest news on refugees is available here and is updated regularly.
Link [Last update: 2008-03-13; 10:26]
Child first, migrant second: Ensuring that every child matters
An ILPA policy paper. Available from the ILPA website (link below) or as hard copy from the ILPA office (stamps required to the value of 70p).
Link [Last update: 2007-10-19; 10:31]
Refugee Action: Choices Voluntary Return Information and Leaflets
Are you or anyone you know thinking about returning to their country of origin?
The Choices team offers impartial advice & information for refugees and asylum seekers considering return.
They can assist you by:
Helping you explore your situation, and make an informed decision about whether to stay or return
Referring you to appropriate organisations for help in the UK
Advising on available travel assistance, travel documentation and return programmes
We provide up to date information on return packages
Providing information on situation in the country of origin
Supporting and training other advisors
If you would like to know more, please contact us at your nearest Choices office.
We have translated material on our website and can provide interpreters, if needed.
Link [Last update: 2008-03-27; 15:53]
BIA: Border policing strengthened: 11 March 2008
New measures to ensure closer working at the border between the police and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) were announced today by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
Link [Last update: 2008-03-13; 10:33]
National Register Unaccompanied Children Website
To ensure continuity of care and prevent abuse of the asylum system, central and local government have built the National Register for unaccompanied Children (NRUC). For the first time data will be held and shared between local authorities responsible for the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking Children (UASC) and central government.
Link [Last update: 2007-02-15; 12:45]
The Medical Foundation's 2007-8 Annual Review
The Medical Foundation's 2007-8 Annual Review, 'Torture: Truths & Consequences', reads between the lines of euphemisms such as "waterboarding" and "enhanced interrogation techniques" to expose practices that are unequivocally banned as torture.
Link [Last update: 2008-06-04; 10:51]
Women's Asylum News
Published by Refugee Women's Resource Project (Asylum Aid). A monthly bulletin contains news and information on issues affecting women asylum seekers and refugees.
Available on site, via e mail or via post.
Go to link below and click on current issue.
Link [Last update: 2006-08-30; 20:44]
The Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children's Project: The Legal Centre
Help non-immigration specialist professionals working with asylum seeking and refugee children find out about this group of children's rights and entitlements.
A monthly update on cuurent issues is available for free, click on link below to subscribe.
Link [Last update: 2006-11-16; 12:16]
A self help guide for disbaled refugees and asylum seekers
This new guide, initially in English, has been published by the National Information Forum with the support of The Big Lottery Fund.
It is intended to demystify the respective entitlements of disabled refugees and asylum seekers, to provide signpost information about disability services, benefits and opportunities in Great Britain, and to encourage those who need help to take advantage of them.
Contact the National Information Forum at
Post Point 905
BT Burne House
London NW1 5BZ.
Tel: 020 7402 6681
Link Email [Last update: 2008-03-13; 10:30]
Information on contacts, press briefings and conferences plus the latest news is available here.
Link [Last update: 2008-03-13; 10:28]
Failed asylum seekers in Wales will now be given free health care - unlike their counterparts in England. May 2008.
Link [Last update: 2008-06-04; 10:23]