Monthly Archives: February 2013

Latest Migration Statistics Published and Associated Media Links

Both the UK Home Office and the UK Office for National Statistics have published new statistical publications today.

Home Office Publications
(Source: Home Office Science and the Migration Statistics listserv).

The following have been posted by Home Office Science:

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Home Office’s Immigration Statistics October – December 2012 release, has been published today, it provides the latest figures on those subject to immigration control.  A notable change introduced with this release is that our entry clearance visa applications, resolutions, issues and refusals back to 2005 have been provided on a quarterly, rather than annual, basis in new tables be.01.q (by category) and be.02.q (by nationality) as well as new quarterly data by category by nationality in tables be.06.q.w to be.06.q.o.

This edition also contains a short article about ‘Foreign National Offenders in detention and leaving detention’ (see, this article sets out differences in detention periods between offenders and other detainees held in UKBA detention. This ‘short article’ is intended as additional analysis of our data to assist users in understanding the figures. We plan in future to publish further articles on a range of topics to assist users to better interpret immigration statistics.

ONS Publications

(Source:  Office for National Statistics and the Migration Statistics listserv).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 28th February 2013, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:

The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published quarterly by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

ONS have also released a report looking at the quality and reliability of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) in relation to producing estimates of long-term migration flows. The report was originally released in November 2012, but now contains some updated information. It can be accessed from the following link:

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Associated Media Links

UK Home Office – Net migration continues to fall

The Guardian – Net migration to UK drops to 163,000

The Independent – Net immigration into Britain falls ‘significantly’

The Daily Telegraph – Net migration falls by a third

The Daily Telegraph – Fall in overseas students driving down net migration

BBC News – UK net migration falls by a third

The Huffington Post – Net Migration

The Daily Express – Winning the battle on immigration: Number of migrants staying in UK falls by a third

The Mail Online – The broken pledges of immigration: Coalition promised to cut net migration to under 100,000. Yesterday, it hit 252,000

Event: The Violation of Housing, Land, and Planning Rights in Israel and the OPT: Expert Testimonies from the Field

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel are pleased to invite you to an expert roundtable with human rights defenders from the field and special guest Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur (SR) on Adequate Housing, following the report on her Mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

The side-event, entitled “The Violation of Housing, Land, and Planning Rights in Israel and the OPT: Expert Testimonies from the Field” will provide updates from the field and explore ways in which participants can operationalise the protection of human rights as articulated by the Special Rapporteur.

The event will take place Monday 4 March 2013 from 16:00 – 17:30 in room XXV, Building E, of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In addition to the Special Rapporteur, roundtable participants include:

.      Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

.      Ibrahim Abu Kharbish, Jordan Valley Sheikh

.      Guillaume Charron, The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC)

.      Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

.      Carin Smaller, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

.      Rania Madi, Badil – Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights

.      Wa’il Abul Raheem Mohammad Qut, The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre

.      Stéphanie David, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

The roundtable will be moderated by Charmain Mohamed of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

We welcome and look forward to your participation in the roundtable discussion. Refreshments will served for the occasion.  Please inform us by sending an email to by Friday, 1 March if you are planning to participate in the roundtable; we will also inform security should you need access to the Palais.  Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information and we thank you for considering our invitation.

Best regards,

Emilie Arnaud, IDMC
Middle East Support Officer
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Norwegian Refugee Council
Chemin de Balexert 7-9, CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)

Nadia Ben-Youssef,
Esq. International Law & Advocacy Consultant
Mobile: +972(0)54-566-2300; Skype: nadiaby
Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel


Seminars: UEL Centre for Human Rights in Conflict Seminar Series

The CHRC is hosting a series of seminars every term. The programme for the Spring 2013 Seminars is out now. Seminars are free to attend and open to all.

Link:  UEL Centre for Human Rights in Conflict

Wednesday 27 February 2013, 16.00-17.45h

Transforming Pain into Hope: Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

Human rights defenders in the Americas have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of human rights. However, they are systematically harassed, attacked, stigmatized and subjected to unfounded criminal charges in almost every country in the Americas to prevent them from speaking out for the rights of the most marginalized. Those particularly targeted include people working on issues related to land and natural resources; the rights of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, abuses against migrants as well as those working to ensure justice for human rights abuses, plus journalists, bloggers and trade unionists. The speakers will present Amnesty International’s campaign and Amnesty International’s Report Transforming pain into hope: Human rights defenders in the Americas, which are based on the analysis of around 300 cases of attacks against human rights defenders in more than a dozen countries in the Americas, primarily between January 2010 and September 2012. (Report and current public campaigning actions are available at:

All welcome, admission FREE, refreshments provided

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station


Nancy Tapias Torrado, Researcher on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Amnesty International

Leonor Rebassa, Campaigner for the Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Amnesty International

Wednesday 6 March 2013, 16.00-17.45h

The United States and the policy of targeted killings

The policy of targeted killings may be ‘the only game in town’, as then CIA Director Leon Panetta famously said in 2009, but there are significant legal hurdles in the implementation of the policy. The speaker will discuss the legal framework of municipal U.S. law, as well as the consistency of targeted killings with international law, including, in particular, the law of force, the law of armed conflict, and human rights law. The discussion will be based on the relevant case-law, and legal policy documents, including the recent legal opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice.

All welcome, admission FREE, refreshments provided

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: Achilles Skordas, Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Bristol


Wednesday 17 April 2013, 16.00-17.45h

Topic: tbc
Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: Dr.Illan Rua Wall, School of Law, University of Warwick


Wednesday 1 May 2013, 16.00-17.45h

The Binding Force of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: William Schabas, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Middlesex University

New Human Rights Watch Report Published for 2013

The Human Rights Watch organisation have published the 2013 edition of their flagship World Report 2013: Events of 2012.

Further information is provided in the Human Rights Watch press release detailed below and a copy of this report has been ordered for the Refugee Council Archive here at UEL.  The report is also available online:

Human Rights Watch press release:

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring:  How to Build Rights-Respecting Democracies After the Dictator Falls

(London) – The euphoria of the Arab Spring has given way to the sobering challenge of creating rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2013. The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

In the 665-page report, its23rd annual review of human rights practices around the globe, Human Rights Watch summarizes major issues in more than 90 countries. With regard to events in the Middle East and North Africa known as the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said the creation of a rights-respecting state can be painstaking work that requires building effective institutions of governance, establishing independent courts, creating professional police, and resisting the temptation of majorities to disregard human rights and the rule of law. But the difficulty of building democracy does not justify seeking a return to the old order, Human Rights Watch said.

“The uncertainties of freedom are no reason to revert to the enforced predictability of authoritarian rule,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The path ahead may be treacherous, but the alternative is to consign entire countries to a grim future of oppression.”
The tension between majority rule and respect for rights poses perhaps the greatest challenge for the new governments, Human Rights Watch said. Leaders in the Middle East are naturally eager to exercise their new electoral clout, but they have a duty to govern without sacrificing fundamental freedoms or the rights of minorities, women, and other groups at risk.

Other countries can be supportive both by setting positive examples in their own practices, respecting human rights themselves, and by consistently promoting rights in their relations with the new government and others. Turning a blind eye to repression may be politically convenient but it does enormous damage to the quests for rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said.

The full press release is available online – [here].

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

It was good to see a familiar face recently – Ngoy Muaku , a former client who came back to tell us that he has set up his own cleaning firm.

Ngoy, now 43,  arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2005 from Kinshasa. He came to the Centre a year later, soon after he arrived in London from Stockton-on-Tees, where he was sent initially by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).  He came first for advice, and then joined the volunteer team.

“People (at the Centre) were really, really helpful,” he said. “First of all, they calmed me down. My morale was troubled. They gave me food, clothes.”

In 2008, he married a Congolese woman he met here and they now have children.  Ngoy was given indefinite leave to remain in 2010 and soon afterwards set up his own business.

“The inspiration came from the Centre. When I was…

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New Report: Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

News from The Children’s Society and The Refugee Council:

Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

Link: The Children’s Society

Based on the parliamentary hearings and the submitted evidence received, the panel released its findings as:

Read the press release about the report’s shocking findings.

Recommendations and our campaign

As a result of the shocking findings this inquiry uncovered, as well as our research and years of work providing direct assistance to young asylum-seekers, refugees and their families, we began the End Forced Destitution campaign.

The campaign’s goal is for the government to adopt recommendations made in the inquiry’s report.

Get involved in our campaign.


The inquiry collected written evidence on specific questions from a range of perspectives. They also conducted three oral evidence sessions.

Learn more about the:

See Also: The Refugee Council –

MPs’ report shows asylum support system fails children & young people

A damning parliamentary report published today has found that the asylum support system is failing to meet the needs of many children and families, and in a worrying number of cases, putting children in unsafe situations or ones that will be harmful to their heath.

The Refugee Council submitted written evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people, led by former children’s minister Sarah Teather MP, in December 2012. The inquiry panel comprised MPs from all three main parties, as well as a Bishop, a barrister and the Chief Executive of the Children’s Society, who supported the inquiry. The report, released today, contains evidence from many different organisations and individuals, including experts in the health and well-being of children and asylum seekers living on section 95 support (for people waiting for a decision on their claim) and section 4 support (for those who have been refused).

The full news story is available [here].