Independent Asylum Commission

Asylum is one of the most contentious issues in contemporary politics. It is consistently at the top of the public's list of political concerns. Never far from the headlines, there is a widespread belief that the system is not fit for purpose.

Meanwhile, there are many reports of asylum seekers facing unfair treatment, destitution and a loss of dignity. And a recent citizens' commission into conditions at Lunar House, the headquarters of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, called for an independent review of national asylum policies.

So concerned citizens across the country have asked our team of commissioners to conduct a truly independent review of the UK asylum system, from beginning to end. After eighteen months of gathering evidence we will produce a recommendations for reform in 2008 that are fair as well as forceful, and realistic as well as humane.

The commissioners will be investigating our asylum system on behalf of a whole range of citizens - from those who believe that asylum seekers are not being treated with humanity, to those who believe our asylum system is too generous.