***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
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.
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords, and 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. Also due to attend are 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 passes have been reserved by representatives from Platts and The Times.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from other stakeholders involved with and affected by asylum policy in the UK, including legal practitioners and advisors, legal training providers, immigration and asylum support services, charities, parental and children’s rights groups, family and marriage mediators, human rights campaigners, researchers from academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference