Our research into gender issues in the UK asylum system has highlighted considerable gaps in the system. These gaps affect women the most. Our findings, based on the experiences of women, inform our Protection Gap Campaign to make the system more fair.
Nearly two thirds of initial asylum applications are refused each year by the Home Office. Most people then take their case to appeal. This research examines the experience of women going through the appeals process. Download the report here.
This policy briefing addresses issues relating to asylum applications in the UK by persons who fear persecution relating to their sexual or gender identity or expression. Download the report here.
This report comprehensively outlines the law, policy and practice in the UK regarding the refugee status determination process, the asylum procedure, reception conditions and detention conditions from a gender perspective. Download the report here
This report consists of a comparative analysis of law, policies and practice relating to gender issues across nine EU Member States (Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and recommendations towards integrating a gender perspective in European asylum systems. Download the report here
Unsustainable looks at the quality of decision making in initial decisions on women's asylum claims. The research found that women were too often refused asylum on grounds that were arbitrary, subjective, and demonstrated limited awareness of the UK’s legal obligations under the Refugee Convention. Download the executive summary or the full report.
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration published an Inspection of Asylum Casework on 4th February 2016. This briefing provides a gender analysis of the inspection report, interpreting the findings from a gender perspective.