The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association is a membership organisation established in 1984 by a group of leading immigration law practitioners to:

  • Promote and improve the advising and representation of immigrants
  • Provide information to members and others on domestic and European immigration, asylum and nationality law
  • Secure a non-racist, non-sexist, just and equitable system of immigration refugee and nationality law practice
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Under the 1951 Refugee Convention refugees have rights to be treated without discrimination.  They have rights to be treated in the same way as nationals as far as their freedom to practice their religion, their access to the courts, including to legal assistance, to assert copyright and hold artistic and intellectual property, rationed food etc., elementary education, public relief, social security, the right to compensation for employment-related injuries, tax.

They have rights to be treated no less favourably than other foreigners receiving favourable treatment in respect of owning property, undertaking paid work, practising the liberal professions, housing, education past the elementary level, freedom of movement.

Refugees have rights to administrative assistance and to travel documents, rights not to be penalized for the means they have had to use to flee and not be sent back (refouler) the frontiers of territories where their lives or freedom would be threatened on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership f a particular social group or political opinion.



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ILPA's Information Service is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. It provides clear information on developments in immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice, accessible to non-lawyers.

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