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

Case resolution - Changes to Enforcement Guidance and Instructions


Refugee Council briefing on UKBA changes to guidance used by caseworkers for considering legacy cases [October 2009]

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Case resolution


Refugee Council briefing on Case Resolution [Updated September 2009]


The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009


Refugee Council briefing on the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act [September 2009]

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Refugee employment


Job Centre Plus and Refugee Council: joint communiqué on working in partnership [August 2009]


Fresh claims and entitlement to work


Refugee Council briefing on court decisions on entitlement to work for asylum seekers [August 2009]


Immigration advice


Asylum Support Partnership response to “Oversight of the Immigration Advice Sector” consultation [August 2009]

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Violence against women


Refugee Council response to violence against women strategy consultation [May 2009]

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Borders, citizenship and immigration


Joint Parliamentary Briefing from the Refugee Council, the Scottish Refugee Council and the Welsh Refugee Council: Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill 2009 [May 09]


Tackling race inequalities


Refugee Council response to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s discussion document: Tackling race inequalities [May 2009]