Published in 1998. This title brings together 18 essays by a selection of experts in the area of refugee and asylum law and policy. Each essay examines an issue of contemporary interest to those working in the refugee field in the UK. They have been selected from papers presented at a highly successful conference on Refugee Rights and Realities which was held at the University of Nottingham in November 1996, organized by the Human Rights Law Centre at the University and funded by the Airey Neave Trust. The essays are organised into two sections. The first covers issues of legal process and policy ranging from the development of asylum law and policy in the UK to the country’s obligations under international law. Special emphasis is placed on the most recent developments surrounding the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act. The second section provides the context for a more detailed examination of the social, health and welfare issues relevant to refugees and asylum seekers. These range from access to health care, housing rights and the education of refugees in London to questions of language and of race relations.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Law, Policy and the Determination Process 1. The Case of UK Asylum Law and Policy: Lessons from History? Dallal Stevens 2. Political Representations of Geography and Place in the Introduction of the UK Asylum and Immigration Act (1996) Craig Young 3. A Case of Ministers Behaving Badly: The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 Richard Dunstan 4. The Designation of Safe Countries and Individual Assessment of Asylum Claims Rachel Trost and Peter Billings 5. The Internal Flight Alternative (IFA) Test and the Concept of Protection Hugo Storey 6. Sexual Orientation and Refugee Claims Based on Membership of a Particular Social Group Under the 1951 Refugee Convention Simon Russell 7. Problems in Medical Report Writing for Asylum Seekers Michael Peel 8. Working with the Asylum Regime: An Adjudicator’s Perspective Geoffrey Care 9. Researching the Risks of Getting it Wrong Alison Harvey 10. Protection and Process: Towards Fair and Effective Asylum Determination Procedures Anne Owers and Madline Garlick 11. Taking Human Rights Seriously in the Asylum Context? A Perspective on the Development of Law and Policy C.J Harvey 12. Entitlement to Protection: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Refugee Protection in the United Kingdom Nicholas Blake QC Part 2: Beyond the Determination Process 13. Health Screening for Newly-Arrived Asylum Seekers and their Access to NHS Provision David Jobbins 14. The Mental Health Needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Key Issues in Research and Rervice Development 15. The Needs of Young Male Refugees in London with Particular Reference to Education and Training Alison Harker and Maknun Gamaledin-Ashami 16. Parent-Child Communication Barriers and Mother-Tongue Education for Vietnamese Children in London Tom Lam 17. Asylum, Employer Sanctions and Race Selina Goulbourne 18. Asylum Seeker’s Rights to Housing: New Recipients of the Old Poor Law Caroline Hunter.
’...this book is to be commended. The focus of the debate may have shifted, but this book covers nearly all the issues currently arising in discussions about the asylum and immigration bill.’ Journal of Refugee Studies ’In the rapidly emerging specialist literature on asylum law, the present study...will have a well-deserved place and should be treated as required reading for specialists in the field.’ Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law ’...clear and concise and useful to both professionals and activists in the field.’ Sage Race Relations Abstracts