Friday 01 August 2014

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing

The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing brings together different sources of information relating to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants.


  • Asylum and Refugees
  • Migration
  • Events
  • Training


Asylum and Refugees

Section 4 additional services or facilities under the 2007 regulations: Instruction

UK Visas and Immigration asylum process updated guidance about how they make decisions


Application for medical declaration: section 4

Medical declaration form to be used as evidence if you are unable to leave the United Kingdom because of physical or medical reasons.


Section 55 of Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002: process

Asylum support policy bulletin about how UKVI applies section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 when considering asylum support applications.


Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers – Government data release

The latest monthly figures show that in May 2014 5 children were held in immigration detention – 3 in the Tinsley House family unit and 2 in Cedars pre-departure accommodation. Please follow this link to access the data in full


Westminster Hall debate – the rights of young asylum seekers

Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North) secured a debate on the rights of young asylum seekers in the UK. He asked how the Minister plans to respect the rights of the over 10,000 children who are in receipt of section 95 support? He outlines the difficulties they face in trying to access further education, the low levels of support which stops them from taking part in school trips and other activities which would improve their integration and he also covers the difficulties in conducting age assessments. Please follow the link below and scroll to 15 July 2014 : Column 239WH Young Asylum Seekers


Providing Protection - Access to early legal advice for asylum seekers – report from the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Irish Refugee Council, Asylum Aid and Estonian Human Rights’ Centre

The ‘Early Legal Advice’ research project was undertaken to examine the provision of legal advice to people seeking international protection in Estonia, the Republic of Ireland and the UK. The report’s authors began from the point of view that a fair asylum system benefits asylum seekers and host societies, and that they want to see collaboration between legal advisers, decision makers, civil society and asylum seekers, moving away from often adversarial models. Please follow this link to read the full report:

Thanks to the East of England Newsflash


Even if: The use of the Internal Protection Alternative in asylum decisions in the UK – Asylum Aid report

Internal Protection, in the UK usually called ‘internal relocation’ or ‘internal flight alternative’, is an exception to refugee status. The deciding authority is saying: ‘you can go to another part of your country and be safe’, but the premise is that the asylum seeker is at risk in their home area, and it is against this risk that the prospect of safety elsewhere can be judged. The main use of internal protection is in relation to non-state persecutors. Whether there is effective protection against a non-state persecutor and whether another part of the country will be safe depends on the extent to which government authorities and society as a whole condone the non-state persecution. There are many countries where this needs to be examined in the case of gender-based violence or homophobic attacks. This study examines how, in decision-making at all levels, internal protection is applied and its safety and reasonableness assessed. Please follow this link to read the report in full:


The Human Cost of Fortress Europe – Amnesty International report

This new report from Amnesty International shows how EU migration policies and border control practices are preventing refugees from accessing asylum in the EU and putting their lives at risk in the course of increasingly perilous journeys.


Woman alone: the fight for survival by Syria’s refugee women – UNHCR report

This report is the result of field work conducted in order to provide a snapshot of what it is to be a refugee woman with primary responsibility for a family, based on interviews with Syrian refugee female heads of household in Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. The areas of focus of the fieldwork included housing, food, health, work and financial security, changed roles, isolation, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Thanks to the East of England Newsflash


Home Affairs Committee

Oral evidence: The work of the Immigration Directorates (2014 Q1), HC 501

A transcript of the oral evidence on Tuesday 22nd July can be found at:


The Home Affairs Committee publishes its report on the work of the Immigration Directorates (October-December 2013) on 25 July 2014.

Report: The work of the Immigration Directorates (October-December 2013)

Report: The work of the Immigration Directorates (October-December 2013) (PDF)

Inquiry: The work of the Immigration Directorates (2013 Q4)

Home Affairs Committee



Nationwide Film Release Tackles Subject of Migrant Workers

Migrants Rights Network & Pulse Films are excited to announce the release of Who is Dayani Cristal?, a film by Gael García Bernal and Marc Silver.

The award-winning documentary which The Hollywood reporter described as “deeply moving” sees Hollywood actor Gael Garcia Bernal embed himself on the migrant trail from Honduras and into the United States. Along the way he interviews migrant travellers first-hand to discover their aspirations and motivations for attempting to cross the border undocumented. Watch the trailer here.

The film will enjoy cinema screenings across the country as follows:

London Curzon Soho - 22 July (Special preview + Q&A)

London Rich Mix -  24 July (Special preview + Q&A)

Bristol Watershed – from 25 July

Glasgow Film Theatre – from 25 July

Dublin Light House Cinema– from 25 July

Manchester Cornerhouse – from 1 August

Belfast Queen’s Film Theatre – from 4 August

You can also watch Who is Dayani Cristal? on iTunes. It will be available to watch from 25th July


PM hosts Girl Summit 2014: a future free from FGM and child and forced marriage

The government has announced new action and funding to protect millions of girls from female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

A new package of action and funding to protect millions of girls at home and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage has been announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May at the Girl Summit 2014.

The Girl Summit, hosted by the government and UNICEF, is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child and forced marriage (CFM) within a generation. It will bring together domestic and international work to accelerate the work of campaigners, governments and charities around the world to bring an end to these practices


Stronger Together- Anti-human trafficking/forced labour video for induction and worker training programmes

The anti-human trafficking video is now available with four different language subtitles.

With Bulgarian, Croatian, Polish and Romanian subtitles, this free-to-download video produced as part of the 'Stronger Together' initiative can be used for induction and worker training programmes.

Click here to download or visit the Stronger Together website to find out more about this multi-stakeholder initiative to reduce human trafficking and the wide range of  resources available to use in your business.



Migration Messaging Campaign Workshop – Corby

9th August - 10:00 - 17:00. The Old TA Building Elizabeth Street Corby NN17 1PN

Organised by the TUC and Migrant Voice  

Be part of the campaign to promote progressive messages on migration in Corby. Build up skills with experienced journalists from Migrant Voice, trade unionists and activists and find out how you can be part of the campaign in your local area. Booking is essential. To find out more please contact Tanya Warlock 0207 467 1307


Syria, War and Refugees – an information and action workshop 14 Aug 2014 - 19:00 - 21:00

Houlden Hall, next to St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Sheffield S12 2JB

SYMAAG invites you to a public meeting with speakers from refugee and asylum rights organisations, and Syrian organisations in the UK. The meeting will give facts about the world wide refugee crisis and the scale of the Syrian refugee crisis.



Working through interpreters with East European Roma families
30 September 2014 - Birmingham

This one-day training aims to enable front line practitioners and interpreters to work more effectively together to support people from East European Roma communities. It is accredited for CPD.

It will explore the main challenges of working with interpreters, and look at developing tools for successful communication with Roma families. The training will consider telephone, as well as face to face, interpreting.

Issues relating to health, especially mental health (and including substance misuse), are particularly significant in the Roma community. This has an impact on service provision far beyond just the health sector, and the trainers will look at the nature of the issues and how they can be addressed most effectively.

This is not cultural awareness training, but the trainers will include aspects of Roma culture and traditions where they are relevant to interpreting.

The training will be interactive and therefore places are limited to 30. One of the trainers will be a member of the Roma community. For further information and to book please follow this link: