What do the Home Office say about Afghanistan?

The Home Office’s statistics on asylum decisions show that for the 302 decisions made on Afghan asylum claims between April and June 2017, 100 resulted in the granting of refugee status; 4 in the granting of humanitarian protection; 2 grants of discretionary leave; 44 ‘other grants’; and 152 refusals of Afghan asylum claims. Given the frequent, […]

Afghanistan: Situation of young male ‘Westernised’ returnees to Kabul

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Endorsed and peer-reviewed by the Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC) and the Dutch Council for Refugees, Asylos has compiled a new COI research report on the situation of young male ‘Westernised’ returnees to Kabul, Afghanistan. This report was compiled to meet an increased demand by legal representatives who are representing young Afghan asylum seekers in Europe. These […]

Preparing for the asylum interview – from those who have been there

Over the years of working with people going through the asylum and immigration system, we have seen how disastrously unprepared most people are going into their asylum substantive interview. This is one of the reasons we produce the Right to Remain Toolkit, and why we’re working with a new group in Sheffield to help new […]

Refusal of entry to the UK and re-entry bans

Refusals of entry to the UK Under the immigration rules, there are “general grounds” under which an application to enter the UK can be refused. Some of the grounds for refusal are quite vague (for example “failure by a person arriving in the United Kingdom to furnish the Immigration Officer with such information as may […]

Brexit and EEA nationals’ right to remain in the UK

Since the Brexit referendum we have, not surprisingly, been contacted by lots of people asking about the situation for European nationals and their families. It’s been a difficult question to answer because there’s still so much uncertainty about what the legal situation will be after Brexit – it will depend on negotiations and perhaps new […]

Charter flight deportations: ‘ghost flights’ that stop access to justice

Last night, activists blockaded Stansted Airport to stop the departure of the scheduled charter flight mass deportation to Nigeria and Ghana.  At the time of writing, the blockade continues and the charter flight has not departed.  Why have activists taken such a drastic action? Charter flight removals/deportations are one of the shadiest aspects of the […]

A history of providing sanctuary? LGBT+ asylum claims in the UK

As LGBT History Month draws to a close, it seems timely to review the progress – and lack of it – in the treatment of asylum claims in the UK on the basis of sexuality. Asylum claims based on sexual identity first came under recognised refugee protection in the UK in 1999 – nearly 50 years […]