Saturday, 10 October 2009

New book: Support for Asylum-seekers and other Migrants

Support for Asylum-seekers and other Migrants

Author: Sue Willman and Stephen Knafler

Support for Asylum-seekers and other Migrants is the only handbook focusing exclusively on the welfare and legal rights of asylum-seekers. It has now been expanded to cover the welfare needs of other migrants, in particular refused asylum-seekers at the end of the process and EU nationals. Note: now includes EU nationals' entitlements.

Full Price: £45

Edition: Third (September 2009)

‘Since the second edition of this book in 2004, there have been many changes in the complex field of asylum support law making this new edition most welcome … Stephen Knafler and Sue Willman have not only recorded the changes to the law in this area in this book, they have worked on many of the cases asserting migrants’ and asylum-seekers’ entitlements to support.’ From the foreword by Alison Harvey, General Secretary, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

‘An essential guide for the busy practitioner engaged in assisting asylum-seekers through the welfare and housing minefield.’ JCWI Bulletin (from a previous edition)

‘… invaluable, indeed essential, for practitioners, administrators [and] welfare workers.’ Justice of the Peace

‘… any UK lawyer interested in this area would be well-advised to purchase a copy.’ Legal Executive Journal

Those working in this complex area of law, often faced with desperate, vulnerable clients, have to quickly assess their rights across a wide range of areas from housing and welfare benefits to social services and NHS provision. Support for Asylum-seekers and other Migrants presents the law in an accessible and practical way for quick reference or in-depth advice. It is up to date to include all the relevant domestic, European and international legislation and case-law, with eligibility tables and hints for dealing with difficult cases.

The extensive appendices contain extracts from UK and EU legislation, UKBA documents, contact details for one-stop services, an outline of education rights and a comprehensive section on resources and useful organisations.

Contents include:

* asylum and immigration law outline
* new chapter on EU law and the right to reside
* benefits
* asylum support eligibility
* asylum support provision
* new chapter on Section 4 support
* new chapter on appeals and remedies
* housing
* community care
* new chapter on health care

Up to date to include:

* Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009
* latest decisions affecting EU nationals
* changes to asylum support tribunal structure
* community care duties after R (M) v Slough
* equality duties
* earned citizenship and new housing rights


Sue Willman is a solicitor and head of the Public and Human Rights Law Team, Pierce Glynn Solicitors, London, also specialising in social welfare law.

Stephen Knafler is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London specialising in housing, immigration, community care, mental health and human rights. He is general editor of the Community Care Law Reports.

Contributors: Adrian Berry, Adam Hundt and Jawaid Luqmani.

Sample chapter (PDF)


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