Accessing Justice for Asylum Seekers- The Welsh story.
My Masters dissertation will focus on data from England and Wales which I will use as a template for my PhD project focused solely on Wales.
I am looking at whether recent legal aid cuts (LASPO) have had an adverse impact on the asylum process. the project will include information on 3 stages;
- Access to justice (ability to make the claim)
- Outcomes (who makes it to court)
- Family reunion (once awarded refugee status- as legal aid has been removed.)
I will be using a mixed methods approach; employing quantitative techniques to identify gaps in present data and allowing me to assess the current situation regarding Asylum Seekers’ access to justice; and qualitative techniques to start to fill this gap, highlighting what the statistics fail to show.
- Secondary data analysis of immigration figures for England and Wales using data from:
- Home Office
- Court Services and
- Charity figures (Asylum Justice, and Legal Resource Centre)
- Interviews with key stakeholders, showing the impact that these cuts have had on real people. Examples of these stakeholders are:
- Ambassadors for Asylum Justice
- Representatives from Welsh Government (Welsh perspective)
- U.K. Government- Legal Services Commission
- Leading academics
I am adopting a sequential explanatory approach; firstly collecting and analysing the quantitative data, then the qualitative, using these results to help explain and interpret the quantitative data.