Asylum Aid

To access the updated report, you can navigate through the table of content on the right end side or download the full report (in PDF) below.


This report was coordinated by Chris Nash, Asylum Aid. The research and drafting was primarily undertaken by Gina Clayton on a consultancy basis for Asylum Aid. Information was obtained through a combination of desk-based research and consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Asylum Aid wishes to thank all those individuals and organisations who gave up their time and expertise to contribute or check information gathered during the research. Particular thanks are owed to Kamla Adiseshiah (Asylum Aid), Gabriella Bettiga (Lawrence Lupin Solicitors), Gary Christie (Scottish Refugee Council), Judith Dennis (British Refugee Council), Sushila Dhall (Refugee Resource), Rachel Farrier (Refugee Survival Trust), Patrick Jones (Asylum Aid), Mike Kaye (Still Human Still Here), Duncan Lane (UKISA), Alexandra McDowall (UNHCR), Jerome Phelps (Detention Action), Sile Reynolds (Refugee Action), Sarah-Jane Savage (UNHCR), Sonya Sceats (Freedom from Torture), Debora Singer (Asylum Aid), Dave Stamp (ASIRT), Adeline Trude (Bail for Immigration Detainees), and Roger Warren Evans (Asylum Justice).



It was announced on 26 March 2013 that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) had been abolished and split into two components, a visas section and an enforcement section – both of which will report directly to the Home Secretary from within the Home Office.

In addition, a new Asylum Operating Model replaced the New Asylum Model as part of a major Home Office re-structuring exercise with effect from 01 April 2013. At the time of writing, no information was publicly available about these changes but, on the basis of information shared by way of consultation with stakeholders, it is understood that the new Asylum Operating Model will be phased in over a period of 18 months. It is expected that asylum applicants will continue to lodge claims as per current arrangements but that more detailed screening will be employed to route claims as part of new triage and workflow arrangements. Another aspect of the new arrangements believed to be prioritised for early implementation is the creation of a Non-Detained Fast Track (Probable Protection) workstream, i.e. a form of manifestly well-founded procedure. It is understood that other aspects of the new arrangements will be implemented later. The operation of the new model has been deferred following UKBA’s reabsorption into the Home Office.


The updated report is up-to-date as of 28 October 2013.

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