Asylum deaths: what to do next

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Athwal, Harmit
Institute of Race Relations
Date of publication
1 November 2007
IRR briefing paper; 4
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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As a result of ongoing research into the deaths of asylum seekers and other migrants, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has become increasingly concerned at the rising number of suicides of asylum seekers in the community and in detention. The current situation faced by asylum seekers and undocumented migrants is dire as more and more coercive and draconian laws have been passed in recent years, criminalising and dehumanising them. The IRR has produced this report to document the circumstances that may lead an asylum seeker or migrant to take his/her own life. It is intended as a basic guide to inform those concerned after the death of an asylum seeker - family, friends, neighbours, be-frienders, caseworkers, health professionals, campaigners - on official procedures and possible practical steps to take. We hope it will aid those who may speak for or represent the interests of the deceased person.

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