Is the asylum system broken? – Colin Yeo

SWALA invites you to a lecture to be given by Colin Yeo on 20 September 2022 at 5.00pm.  Bristol Law Centre have kindly agreed to host as both an in-person and online event. The number of in-person spaces is limited so please book early.

• Former Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed that the United Kingdom’s asylum system was broken. The only conceivable response to rising numbers of small boats crossing the Channel is supposedly to send new entrants to Rwanda. Her successor, Suella Braverman, herself a controversial former Attorney-General, seems likely to pick up where Patel left off. But what is really going on behind the headlines and spin?

• Our speaker is Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London specialising in immigration, asylum and nationality law. In 2020 he published Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System, a book charting and examining immigration policy over the last thirty years and setting out some ideas for how to start putting things right. Colin also manages the Free Movement immigration law blog (, which he founded in 2007. Colin will take a careful look at the reality of the current asylum system, in which almost all those claiming asylum are eventually recognised as refugees, but only after years of waiting in enforced destitution.

Date Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Registration 5.00pm

Lecture 5.15pm

End 6.00pm

Venue Bristol Law Centre, 2, The Hide Market, West St, Bristol BS2 0BH

RSVP – Please register with David Gardner ( indicating whether you wish to attend in-person or online. Instructions for online joining will be sent to youin advance of  the lecture.

There is no charge for attending either in-person or online.