Asylum and politics after COVID-19: is the UK ‘New Plan for Immigration’ an outlier?

Date
6 October 2021, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
Other
Description


“Asylum after COVID-19: the UK ‘New Plan for Immigration’ in global context”

Refugee Law Initiative / Refugee Law Clinic

2021-22 Seminar Series


As uncertainty brought by COVID-19 intersects with shifting underlying political currents in society, some governments are pushing ‘new’ approaches to refugees and asylum. In the United Kingdom, this takes the form of the so-called ‘New Plan for Immigration’, a raft of legal and policy measures aimed principally at restricting protection and assistance for refugees and asylum-seekers.

This seminar series draws on a diverse range of perspectives from practitioners, researchers and affected persons to interrogate the law and politics of the New Plan in the global refugee context. The series aims to facilitate debate within both specialist and public circles in the UK and beyond about the legality and feasibility of approaches to asylum of the kind proposed by the New Plan. The RLI seminar series this year is run jointly with the University of London Refugee Law Clinic.

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Asylum and politics after COVID-19: is the UK ‘New Plan for Immigration’ an outlier?


As uncertainty wrought by COVID-19 intersects with shifting underlying political currents in society, some governments are pushing ‘new’ approaches to refugees and asylum. In the United Kingdom, this takes the form of the so-called ‘New Plan for Immigration’, a raft of legal and policy measures aimed principally at restricting protection and assistance for refugees and asylum-seekers. 


This seminar interrogates political aspects of the New Plan in global context:

  • Does the New Plan reflect wider global trends in the approach to asylum post-COVID?
  • What does the New Plan mean for efforts to harmonise asylum law in Europe?
  • How do the timing and justification of the New Plan relate to current politics in the UK?
  • How does the Afghan crisis impact on the New Plan and similar policies globally?


Discussants include:

  • Catherine Woollard, Director, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
  • Prof. Maryellen Fullerton, Brooklyn Law School
  • Achieng Akena, Executive Director, International Refugee Rights Initiative
  • Prof. Matthew Gibney, Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford


Contact

Refugee Law Initiative
rli@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8668