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What We Do in the UK

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Protecting Refugees

In the UK, UNHCR provides guidance on refugee and asylum law and policy to the UK government, legal practitioners, non-governmental organisations and many others. Where appropriate UNHCR takes up cases and raises issues of concern with our counterparts in the UK government.

We intervene in court proceedings, which are precedent-setting for the international protection of refugees. We also provide training on a range of issues to those working with asylum-seekers and refugees.

Quality Initiative and Integration

The Quality Initiative project ran from 2004 to 2009 and aimed to positively influence the quality of first instance decision-making and related asylum procedures in the UK Border Agency.

Recognising the UKBA's significant progress in developing the area of Quality Assurance in asylum, the project has now moved into a phase of supporting the UKBA's continued development and integration of quality assurance mechanisms into the various areas of the Agency's work that go towards addressing international protection concerns.


Sudan: Heading for a New Home

UNHCR is offering to help move hundreds of people from Sudan to newly independent South Sudan, where they will build new lives. Almost 250 families with ties to the south are waiting for a ride.