Asylum Justice News


‘I Hate It Here’ – Our Experience At Penally Barracks

Last week, Asylum Justice visited Penally refugee camp in Tenby, West Wales, which currently houses between 150-250 asylum seekers. The camp is an old disused army barracks in Penally, West Wales, where the conditions and management have been labelled as shambolic, inhumane and dire. The camp has been the subject of intense scrutiny, including media coverage and local protests, and the far right has also tried to make the Penally camp a focus for racist mobilisations at the gates, designed to harass and intimidate the asylum seekers housed inside. And Penally ...

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Legal Director Recognised as Inspiring Woman Lawyer in the UK

We are proud to announce that our Legal Director, Ruth Brown, has been recognised as an ‘Inspiring Woman Lawyer’ in the UK, and a profile of her contribution to law will be added to a project website hosted by the Faculty of Law at Oxford University. The project aims to create an oral history of inspiring women lawyers which will be lodged in the Sound Archive of the British Library as a national resource. It aims to raise the profile of women and groups who are little known beyond their professional field.  And to find out about the diverse life experiences ...

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Carolina: From Strength to Strength

We began representing Carolina* in approximately mid-2019, after her asylum claim had been refused by the Home Office. She was later dropped by her previous representatives, as it was their opinion that her case was not strong enough to merit legal aid. Carolina, unrepresented and with the likely and intimidating scenario of having to appear before a judge and the Home Office on her own, was urgently referred to ourselves by her friend. Taken on by one of our lawyers, it was a very complex case with two countries involved, and on face value appeared very difficult to ...

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Annual Statistics 2019: 77% Success Rate at Appeal

We have collated our statistics for the year of 2019. Below you can find a breakdown of all the areas we recorded. We would like to thank our staff, volunteers and trustees for the incredible work they do, which has all lead to incredible results. Appeal Success Rate  We are proud to report that we have continued our high success rate in asylum appeals. Following from our success rate of 70% for the period between 2014-2018, we have increased to a 77% success rate in 2019. This is nearly double the national success rate (41% as per Refugee Council). We are ...

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Our Drop-in Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak

During the current coronavirus crisis, Asylum Justice are unable to hold our usual walk-in advice sessions in Cardiff or Swansea. Instead, clients or organisations can send an enquiry form through our website. New clients can enquire here: https://www.asylumjustice.org.uk/request-advice/  Existing clients can enquire here: https://www.asylumjustice.org.uk/existing-client-query/  Thank you for your understanding.

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Our Next Drop-in: 6 January 2020

Dear all, Please note that we will not be running a drop-in this evening (23 December 2019) and will be again opening our drop-in service on 6 January 2020. If you have an emergency, please call our office on 029 2049 9421. Thank you for your understanding and we wish you a happy holidays. Best wishes, The Asylum Justice team

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Our New Project: Drop-in Diaries

Every week, we have a free drop-in advice surgery, and every week, a small group of lawyers give face-to-face legal advice to many of the most vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers who have no where left to turn. People who are not eligible for legal aid, and who are often left to fend for themselves on the streets. We give advice to an average of 25 people each week, and because of this, we thought it would be pretty wasteful not to shine a light on some of these stories. So, in light of this, we have a new project that we are about to get underway: ...

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2019 Cardiff Legal Walk

We are proud to announce that Asylum Justice will be taking part in the Cardiff Legal Walk. Asylum Justice is the only charity based in Wales providing free legal advice to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. We advice clients on areas where legal aid is limited such as asylum appeals and where there is no access to legal aid such as fresh asylum claims, leave to remain and family reunion. Many of our clients are living in poor conditions, destitute, suffering from poor health, or are applying for a visa for a family member who may be in a war zone or living in ...

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Drop-in Closed Bank Holiday Monday

Please note that the drop-in will not be running this coming Monday, 22 April. Normal opening hours will resume the following Monday. Thank you for your understanding.

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Asylum Justice Success Rate in Asylum Appeals Nearly Double the National Average

We have recently collated our statistics dating back to 2014, the date where we essentially reopened our advice giving and representing capacities after a brief period of closure. We are proud to say that our success rate in asylum and human rights appeals are almost double the national average, as per the quarterly statistics for 2018 provided by Refugee Council. Our success rate on appeal Appeals as a vital safeguard When an asylum seeker arrives to the United Kingdom in order to seek refuge from persecution in their country of origin, they must apply to the Home ...

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