Policy briefings

We influence policies and decisions that affect refugees

Policy Work Our aim is to influence the policies and decisions that have an impact on refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, based on the experiences of refugees in the UK.

We do this by working with officials and decision-makers, and responding to consultations and inquiries on forthcoming policy and legislation.

Our policy work focuses on key areas of the asylum system including destitution, housing, legal support, detention, and integration, as well issues facing vulnerable groups such as separated children and women.

We also work in partnership with those who share our aims, including other voluntary sector organisations and professional associations.

You can read our briefings below.

Title Publish date Overview

Settlement protection


Settlement Protection: five year reviews and indefinite leave to remain – a briefing for advisers [August 2010]


Access to healthcare for refused asylum seekers


Refugee Council response to Department of Health Review of access to the NHS by foreign nationals consultation [July 2010]


Detention of children


Response to the UKBA Review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes [July 2010]

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Recruitment in education


Refugee Council response to the Revised Guidance on Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Consultation [June 2010]

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Section 4 Payment Card


Asylum Support Partnership briefing on the Section 4 support payment card introduced by UKBA [May 2010]


Add your voice to the campaign for free healthcare for all refused asylum seekers


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SMILE project briefing: School talks


Raising awareness in schools [March 2010]


SMILE briefing: Mentoring and befriending


The impact of befriending and mentoring relationships: experiences of refugee and asylum seeking children [March 2010]


SMILE project briefing: Education


Accessing and achieving in education: overcoming the barriers facing refugee and asylum seeking children [March 2010]