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Fri 24 October 2014
29 Dhu al-Hijjah 1435 AH  

Introduction
International & EU conventions
UK Legislation
The Application Process
Misuse of the Asylum Process?
Detention, Dispersal and the moral voice
Asylum & Children
A timeline of refugee arrivals in the UK
Pull & Push Factors
Statistics
Asylum & anti-Muslim rhetoric
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UK LEGISLATION

Immigration and Asylum Act 1993 

This provided a statutory right of asylum appeal


Asylum and Immigration Act 1996
The 1996 Act had three main objectives: to change asylum procedures so as to deal more quickly with allegedly bogus claims; to combat immigration racketeering, in part through new offences; and, to restrict the social security and other economic rights previously available. It introduced a notion of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' asylum seekers. The Act is most widely known for establishing the 'White List', that is, countries designated by the Home Secretary as ones in which there is, in general, no serious risk of persecution - so-called, safe third countries.

For the full text click here.



The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Act introduced a one-stop appeal system requiring an adjudicator considering an asylum appeal also to deal with any other appealable matters raised by the applicant, e.g. human rights appeals.

The 1999 Asylum and Immigration Act aimed to (i) stop the flow of applicants, (ii) ease councils of the financial burden, and (iii) relieve the housing and social pressures in London and south-east England. It heralded the socially divisive 'dispersal' scheme, under which all new asylum seekers in the UK (predominantly London and south-east England) were transferred to a different region - and they are not given a choice of where to go.

For BBC information on the dispersal scheme click here.
For information from Asylum Support click here.
For the full text of the Act click here.


Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2002
This proposes repealing the provisions giving asylum seekers the automatic right to a bail hearing conferred in the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act. Home Secretary Blunkett has said he would be amending the Bill to allow "wholly unfounded" claimants to be sent home without appeal.

The Bill also includes proposals for some asylum seekers' children to attend separate schools (at present, asylum seekers attend mainstream schools).

For the full text of the Act click here.
For a statement issued by the Lord Chancellor's Department click here.
For information on opposition to the Bill from Immigration advocacy and campaigns groups click here.


 
"It is increasing difficult for asylum seekers to prove that they are legitimate refugees because British policy seems intent on criminalising them by defining them as illegal economic migrants"

Source: 'Ethnicities' Journal, March 2002


Int. & EU Conventions

 












 


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