Scottish Refugee Council Autumn conference

8 October 2008

Scottish Refugee Council's Autumn Conference, titled Simplification, Sanctuary and Scotland,  will focus on the new Immigration and Citizenship Bill.

What? Simplification, Sanctuary and Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council Autumn Conference

When? Friday October 10, 2008. 9am-1230pm.

Where? The Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB

Keynote Speakers include:

  • John Wilkes, Chief Executive, Scottish Refugee Council (930 am)
  • Lin Homer, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency (940 am)
  • Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government (1010am)
  • Professor Kay Hampton, Scottish Human Rights Commission (1040am)

Notes to Editors:

The UK Border Agency (The UK government agency responsible for asylum and immigration) is currently undertaking a project to overhaul the UK immigration system. A key part of this is the introduction of the Immigration and Citizenship Bill, to be laid before the UK parliament at the beginning of next year.

This bill proposes replacing and streamlining all existing immigration legislation into one Act of Parliament. It will also introduce substantive changes to asylum support, the appeals process, powers to detain and citizenship for those who have been granted asylum.

This conference will consider the impact of developments in relation to the devolved powers of the Scottish parliament. It will examine whether the bill and other current developments in asylum will lead to an improved asylum system which provides sanctuary for those who need it and deals humanely with those who don’t.

A briefing on the bill will be available from Scottish Refugee Council tomorrow (Thursday October 9)

 Speakers will be available for short media interviews on a tight schedule at points throughout the morning. For more information and to request interviews, please contact Aideen McLaughlin, Scottish Refugee Council, Media & Communications Officer on 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763.