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Equality and the UK Asylum Process: MPs to begin hearing evidence

21 January 2022

The Women and Equalities Committee is to hold the first evidence session of its inquiry into Equality and the UK asylum process.

In this session, MPs will examine the broad international and domestic policy and legal framework for asylum. It will look at how the Equality Act is applied in the treatment of people seeking asylum and refugees in the UK asylum process, and consider equality implications of proposals for asylum reforms.

The session will consider arguments for and against reforms of the process outlined in the Nationality and Borders Bill, currently at Committee stage in the House of Lords, including the proposed introduction of “differential treatment” of refugees. The Committee will also explore the role of international cooperation in establishing a fair, safe asylum system. 


Wednesday 26 January

At 2.30pm 

  • Zoe Gardner, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Joint Council on the Welfare of Immigrants 
  • Dr Rosella Pulvirenti, Senior Lecturer in human rights law, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • David Goodhart, Head of Demography, Immigration, and Integration Unit, Policy Exchange
  • Jonathan Thomas, Migration Researcher and Senior Fellow, Social Market Foundation

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