UN: Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013

UN Human Rightssm21 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 – the highest total for any year since 2001.

Afghanistan, which in the previous two years was the world’s principal country of origin for asylum-seekers, ranked third in terms of new claims behind Syria and Russia, a news release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pointed out.

Among the top 10 countries of origin, six are experiencing violence or conflict – Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Iraq and Pakistan. Continue reading “UN: Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013”

Deaths in the custody of immigration detention services

G4SChannel 4 : “Left to die in British detention: who was Alois Dvorzac?” – 18/03/14
“Until now we only knew a name: Alois Dvorzac. But who was the man behind the tragedy? … It went on to explain that despite being declared unfit for detention he ended up dying, in handcuffs, while still in detention two weeks later. … “.  Read the article in full and see the news-clip
Channel 4 :”Vaz wants ‘full inquiry’ into detention centre death” – 18/03/14
It is shameful that 84-year-old Alois Dvorzac died in handcuffs at a UK detention centre, and there needs to be a full inquiry, says Keith Vaz MP, chair of the home affairs select committee. See the news clip
CPS : “Death of Jimmy Mubenga – Charging decisions following inquest” – 20/03/14
In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the decision now is that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig to be prosecuted for manslaughter.  Read the article in full
INQUEST – “CPS to prosecute G4S guards for manslaughter following death of Jimmy Mubenga” – 20/03/14
Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said: “This decision reiterates the importance of legal aid for families to be represented at inquests. It is legal aid that ensured a robust examination of all the evidence, which has ultimately resulted in today’s welcome decision.  The cuts to legal aid mean that cases like this in the future may well not receive this kind of scrutiny.” Read the article in full

ILPA: monitoring legal aid changes

ILPAWe have two monitoring sheets, one for legal representatives and one for NGOs, to monitor and record details of people they are unable to help due to the changes to legal aid. They can be used for your own purposes and/or also ILPA will be delighted to receive any that you do complete or even part complete.

The forms can be found here.

Update 57

31 January 2014

  • Immigration Bill moves to the Lords
  • Good news: challenge to residence test gets the go ahead
  • New EU Regulation ‘Dublin III’ now applicable
  • Bulgaria in crisis
  • New Bill to tackle Trafficking and Slavery
  • Plans afoot to charge migrants for healthcare
  • New countries subject to TB screening
  • Pending consultations