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Next steps for asylum policy in the UK

September 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

When it happened…

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

What delegates came to discuss…

This conference will discuss priorities for UK asylum policy in the context of the recent introduction of the Nationality and Borders Bill into Parliament.

It follows the publication of the New Plan for Immigration policy paper from the Home Office, which aims to improve the fairness and efficiency of the asylum system, such as through tackling illegal entry and strengthening legal routes, reviewing refugee family reunion routes, and improving the integration of refugees into UK society.

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss both the Bill and the policy paper in light of other relevant developments, such as the criticism it has drawn from certain human rights and refugee advocacy groups, the Windrush Consultation Scheme, and the recent reports from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI).

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Glyn Williams, Director General, Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems Policy and Strategy Group, Home Office; Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, Representative to the UK, UNHCR; Judge Michael Clements, President, Immigration and Asylum Chamber; Dr Peter W. Walsh, Researcher, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford; and Colin Yeo, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers.

We are also very grateful to Lord Dubs and Anne McLaughlin MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control), and Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice) for agreeing to chair at this conference.

Who attended…

Officials from BEIS; the Care Quality Commission; the Department of Justice, NI; the DWP; HM Revenue & Customs; the Home Office; the Ministry of Justice; the National Audit Office; the Office of the Sentencing Council; Senedd Cymru; The Scottish Government; UKVI; and the Welsh Government.

Representatives from Agencia; Anglia Ruskin University; Bournemouth University; Care4Calais; City Law School, University of London; Durham University; ETHRAG; Garden Court; Kingsley Napley; Migrant Help UK; Praxis Community Projects; Serco; St Helens Council; The Law Society; University of Exeter; University of Glasgow; University of Liverpool; Welsh Local Government Association; Welsh Refugee Council; West End Refugee Service; and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Press: Platts and The Times.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles