03/10/2023 – Webinar on Asylum Seekers & Refugees in the UK

Webinar on Asylum Seekers & Refugees in the UK
Tuesday, October 3rd 2023

Public Policy Exchange will be hosting a webinar on Asylum Seekers & Refugees in the UK: Seeking a More Effective, Supportive & Humane Migration System which will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd 2023 between 9:30 AM — 1:00 PM.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Debbie Abrahams MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Compassionate Politics & Vice Chair of the Afghanistan All-Party Parliamentary Group
  • Ekaterina Aleynikova & Max Mosley, Senior Social Researcher in Public Policy & Economist at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
  • Hywel Williams MP, Shadow Plaid Cymru Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & International Development & Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Immigration Detention
  • Leon Elliott, Policy and Research Coordinator at NACCOM
  • Steve Valdez-Symonds, Refugee & Migrant Rights Programme Director at Amnesty International UK


  • Evaluate the practical, legal, human rights and reputational implications of the government’s Illegal Migration Bill
  • Assess the current state of government support provided to asylum seekers and new refugees and avenues for improvement
  • Explore how local authorities can best work with local partners including housing associations and educational institutions to ensure smooth transitions into life in the UK for asylum seekers
  • Exchange ideas on how to improve the accommodation provided to asylum seekers
  • Examine opportunities for collaboration between local authorities, faith groups, charities and the private sector to assist refugees and asylum seekers
  • Analyse the safeguarding gaps that need to be addressed with respect to women and children
  • Explore ideas on how the to reduce homelessness among refugees and widen access to accommodation
  • Examine the educational support provided to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK
  • Discuss the practice of detaining irregular migrants indefinitely and how to improve their treatment and legal protections
  • Discuss how the processing of asylum claims can be improved and sped up
  • Consider the merits of allowing asylum seekers the right to work and claim benefits in the UK
  • Discuss what the UK’s new immigration system might mean for the exploitation of migrant workers by rogue employers
  • Assess the employment challenges faced by refugees and how support with employment can be improved
  • Examine language and attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees within government, the media and society at large and how these might be improved
  • Consider the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in other developed countries and any lessons to be learned


To register for this webinar, please click here.