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Asylum Notes: 11-04-10

November 4, 2010

Participants Sought for Survey of
Organizations Supporting Asylum Seekers

“Making Asylum Seekers Legible and Visible” is a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom. The research team members are Dr Nick Gill, Dr Deirdre Conlon, Dr Imogen Tyler and Dr Ceri Oeppen. The project is beginning with an online survey of US and UK organizations “that work with or on behalf of asylum seekers.” To participate in the survey, click here.  

The US and UK rank globally among the top ten recipients of applications for asylum. Yet very little research has been done to compare the experiences, register the challenges, and record the success stories of asylum activist and advocacy groups in these contexts. Between 2010 and December 2011 we will compare the experiences of different pro-asylum organizations in the US and UK.
            …whilst there is a huge diversity of individuals and activist organizations working with asylum seeking communities many might not be aware of each other, and could benefit from each other’s experiences and insights.

For more information, visit the project’s website (partially under construction)  or Contact Deirdre Conlon at Emerson College in Boston: (617) 824-3992. In the UK, contact Ceri Oeppen at the University of Exeter: (011) 44 7583852295. 

U.S. Asylum Filing Deadline
Denies Refuge to Thousands

A new Human Rights First report examines how a technical asylum filing deadline in U.S. law has barred thousands of refugees with well-founded fears of persecution from receiving asylum in the U.S. The report not only includes real cases demonstrating the deadline’s harmful effects, but shows that it has caused significant inefficiencies in the asylum system. 
            The One-Year Asylum Filing Deadling and the BIA, a report from Human Rights First, the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigration Justice Center, and Penn State Law School’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights, examines how the asylum deadline is handled by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest level of administrative appeal available to asylum seekers. In 3,472 cases decided from 2005 to 2008, the study found that one in five asylum cases was denied because it was filed after the deadline.
            Human Rights First has additional information on the asylum deadline and Julia Preston’s New York Times article offers — as usual — a perceptive and humane look at the real victims of this policy and its inflexible application.

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