Additional Coverage

4 November 2010
'Support Refugee Scientists'
Editorial in 'Nature' : "Supporting beleaguered academics is key to defending the aspirations of open civil societies”, more

21 May 2009
The Guardian
Genuine overseas students 'denied entry to UK' by Anthea Lipsett
'Great suspicion' of foreign students by UK Border Agency is risking cashflow for higher education, complain business school leaders more...

13 December 2007
The Guardian
Freedom Lost by Mark Lattimer
After the invasion of Iraq, the US government claimed that women there had 'new rights and new hopes'. In fact their lives have become immeasurably worse, with rapes, burnings and murders now a daily occurrence. more...

13 December 2007
The Times, Deborah Haynes
Iraqi interpreters seeking asylum in Britain will be refused entry until 2009 by Michael Evans
Iraqi interpreters hoping to resettle in Britain are being warned that the number accepted will be strictly limited and many will be unable to enter the country before summer 2009. The criteria laid down in the letter sent to former Iraqi employees by the British Government sets out the hurdles to be cleared before they can be considered refugees. They are being offered a financial package or resettlement in Britain, but not both. Kim Howells, the Foreign Office Minister, is to discuss the matter with concerned MPs today. more...

12 December 2007
Swedish Association of University Teachers
SULF-pristagaren: CARA stöder akademiker som flytt från förtryck
Vi blev oerhört glada över SULF-priset. Vi hoppas att det ska leda till att vårt arbete uppmärksammas i Sverige. CARA behöver stöd från svenska akademiker och akademiska institutioner i arbetet att hjälpa hotade och förföljda akademiker runt om i världen. Det säger professor John Akker som är generalsekreterare för CARA, 'Council for Assisting Refugee Academics', årets mottagare av SULF-priset för främjande av akademisk frihet. more...

27 September 2007
Refugee wins by sharing the load
Matthew Foster believed he had something to offer doctors coming here as refugees. He was right - as Abdul Karim Atefi can attest more...

26 September 2006
Guardian Unlimited
Academic asylum by Natasha Gilbert
Funds to get refugee academics back on track more...

21 June 2006
Financial Times
Asylum claim disbelief 'costs millions' by Andrew Taylor (Employment Correspondent)
A "culture of disbelief" of asylum seeker claims at the Home Office and a reluctance to accept foreign qualifications is costing taxpayers millions of pounds, a report claims today more...

21 March 2006
The Guardian
Welcome players by Donald MacLeod
A new drive to help refugee scholars will benefit not only them but also the cause of academic freedom, writes Donald MacLeod more...

20 June 2005
Financial Times
Migrants get aid to improve working skills by Andrew Taylor
A scheme to help refugees and migrants develop their talents to make them better suited to fill skill shortages was launched yesterday by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education more...

14 March 2005
The Times Higher Educational Supplement
Asylum Assistance
Today the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics publishes a handbook to help refugees update their skills and gain qualifications. Donald MacLeod reports on those the organisation is helping more...

14 March 2005
Society Guardian
Britain ‘fails to tap skills of highly qualified refugees’ by Rebecca Smithers
Britain is failing to tap into a wealth of expertise which would benefit vital areas of the economy by ignoring the talents of highly qualified refugees and asylum seekers in what has become "a scandal", a leading refugee charity warns more...

24 June 2004
BBC News
Refugee scholars 'benefit the UK'
The government is being far too negative in its treatment of refugees, an ex-chief government scientist says more...

08 April 2002
The Guardian - Letter
Taking the politics out of asylum policy
The BMA is to be congratulated on identifying the pool of refugee doctors living in Britain (Report, April 4). As a charity that provides grants to doctors, particularly involved in academic medicine, we can state that often very small amounts of money can enable a refugee doctor to retrain. We have made grants for as little as £3,000 that have made all the difference. Apart from the economic and social gain to the UK, what price their dignity and self-esteem? Perhaps the chancellor should reflect on this. Where else could such an advantage be obtained for such a little cost?
John Akker
Executive secretary, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics

29 January 2002
The Guardian
Fighting Talk by Donald MacLoed
Donald MacLeod talks to a professor who faces possible imprisonment in his native Ethiopia because he supports free speech more...

09 October 2001
The Guardian
How we survived by Donald MacLeod
Abdul Lalzad, married with six children, had a good life. Then war came, his university was closed and he had to get out fast. Donald MacLeod picks up the story of one of Afghanistan's leading academics more...

08 October 2001
The Guardian
Afghan professor escapes Taliban terror by Donald MacLeod
Barely a week before American and British missiles started raining down on Afghanistan, Abdul Lalzad was at last reunited with his family at Heathrow airport more...

13 February 2001
The Guardian
But what now?
Abdul Lalzad is an Afghan professor who, like many academic refugees, has found safety in Britain. Under Jack Straw's new strategy, says Donald MacLeod, he might not have got this far more...

08 February 2001
The Guardian - Letter
Mr Straw's flawed idea
The government's plan to toughen the rules for asylum seekers by restricting their claim to asylum to the first "safe country" they reach ('Asylum seekers to be 'sent back', February 6) may appear an easy way out but it is fraught with difficulties. Just one example from our files illustrates this. It concerns a professor at Kabul University who sought refuge in the UK, having travelled via Pakistan after threats were made to his life in Afghanistan. He was only allowed into the UK after very intensive questioning at the point of entry - Heathrow. Is it now being suggested that he should have remained in that region? The Guardian reported some months ago that academics and writers who had fled from the Taliban to Pakistan were now being attacked following pressure from the authorities in Afghanistan and those in Pakistan who support the Taliban's extreme religious beliefs. One had been shot and another forced to return, while countless others live in fear of their lives. How can "safety" be accurately assessed? What kind of society are we becoming?
John Akker
Executive Secretary

05 July 2000
The Guardian
Cyril Offord by W K Hayman
Master mathematician with a world view of justice more...