COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Refugee think-tank aims for unbiaised information push

An asylum and immigration think-tank, which has attempted to avoid public attention for two years to protect its impartiality, launched its first communications strategy last week.

The Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees in the UK told Third Sector it had kept a low profile to protect its research and reputation from political and media bias.

"The key thing we wanted with the centre is that if you get information from us, you get it independently and offered without a hidden agenda," said Kirsteen Tait, the organisation's director.

The centre is funded by charitable trusts. It has a number of research projects among refugees and in communities where they have been sent, which collate the views and experiences of those affected by the Government's asylum policy.

A report published by the think-tank last week said lack of unbiased information was one of the causes of public disquiet and political controversy about asylum. "The national media often fills information gaps," said the report, which surveyed police, journalists, school teachers and residents in Oxfordshire and Leeds.

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