All Articles: Asylum
Chief Inspector criticises Home Office asylum casework
A new report into asylum casework at the Home Office has just been published by David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. The inspection took place between March and July 2015 and was presented to Theresa May on 9 Decembe ...4th February 2016
Judgment in the Calais children case
Full judgment is available here: R (on the application of ZAT and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Article 8 ECHR – Dublin Regulation – interface – proportionality) IJR  UKUT 61 (IAC). The applicant child ...29th January 2016
Home Office announcement on more help for refugee children
This announcement is being reported differently in different outlets. The actual text of the announcement so far (a Ministerial statement will follow later today) is as below. There is a clear reference to reuniting children in Europe with refugee fam ...28th January 2016
The Calais Jungle and Dunkirk camps: inhuman and degrading
Over the last two weeks a local group, with ever mounting, incredible support from so many through word of mouth and social media, raised funds and collected priority items to take to the Calais ‘Jungle’ and Dunkirk camp. We filled 3 large ...25th January 2016
Dublin Regulation to be scrapped?
Several news outlets are reporting this morning that the Dublin III Regulation is likely to be scrapped by the Commission in March. It may be that Peter Sutherland, the UN Special Representative on Migration, was right when he said last year that the ...20th January 2016
Solicitors who failed to advise refugee of defence to illegal prosecution referred to SRA
In yet another example of a refugee who was not properly advised on his defence to a prosecution for illegal entry, Shabani, Re  EWCA Crim 1924 (22 July 2015), the Lord Chief Justice has overturned the conviction but this time has also referred ...14th December 2015
Canadian Supreme Court declares unconstitutional criminal offence of assisting refugees
In a very interesting judgment the Canadian Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the criminal offence of organising, inducing, aiding or abetting undocumented entry. The case is R. v. Appulonappa – SCC Cases (Lexus). This post reviews th ...11th December 2015
Home Office guidance on asylum claims by EU nationals
The Home Office has updated its guidance on asylum claims by EU nationals (Asylum Policy Instruction EU/EEA Asylum Claims) to reflect changes to the Immigration Rules taking effect on 21 November 2015. These changes introduced a presumption that asylu ...10th December 2015
Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules HC535: analysis
Major changes to the Immigration Rules affecting refugees, Tiers 1, 2 and 5, EEA nationals sponsoring family members under the Immigration Rules, visitors, applications for Administrative Review and knowledge of language and life tests are being intro ...11th November 2015
Analysis: What does Theresa May’s speech mean for immigrants and refugees?
Yesterday Home Secretary Theresa May gave a speech on immigration and asylum issues at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. It was a nakedly political speech that was clearly intended to appeal to the right wing of the Conservative Party. ...7th October 2015
Protection deferred, protection denied? Report from Lesvos, Greece, European Union
The first week of September 2015. On the most northerly coast of Lesvos, one of the most easterly outposts of Greece’s many islands and a far flung outpost of the European Union, nestles the beautiful fishing port of Skala Sykaminias reached by a me ...15th September 2015
What is life really like in Zaatari camp and how long should refugees be expected to wait there?
In last weekend’s Sunday Times, Nigel Lawson lashed out at the emotional response of leading politicians and spiritual leaders to the image of “the sight of a drowned toddler”, thereby causing us to believe it was necessary for the U ...10th September 2015
Are refugees from Syria really refugees in law?
Monday: 3:30pm. Like most asylum lawyer geeks — you know who you are — I was hanging on every word of the Prime Minister when he made his announcement on how many Syrian “refugees” would be provided resettlement in the UK. He was at pa ...9th September 2015
Germany suspends Dublin III transfers for Syrians
Germany has taken the extremely welcome step of suspending the transfer of Syrian asylum seekers under the Dublin III Regulation. As long ago as November 2013 UNHCR called for countries not to return Syrian nationals to their first point of entry in t ...25th August 2015
Channel Tunnel Man: Refugees should not be prosecuted for irregular entry
In the absence of legal means by which to enter countries of sanctuary, refugees resort to the use of irregular means of entry. Some will falsely apply for and obtain a visit or student visa and then apply for asylum once within the UK. Others will u ...11th August 2015
Consultation and impact assessment on ending support for failed asylum seekers
A consultation and impact assessment on the new panic proposals to remove asylum support for failed asylum seekers have been published. These reveal the details of the proposals. The summary of the Government’s preference in the impact assessmen ...4th August 2015
Review: Finding Home: Real Stories of Migrant Britain
Finding Home: Real Stories of Migrant Britain is a new book by Emily Dugan. Emily is Social Affairs Editor at The Independent and has reported with empathy on immigration issues on a number of occasions. I generally try to avoid films, television and ...3rd August 2015
Why do the “migrants” in Calais want to come to the UK?
“Cockroaches” according to Katie Hopkins. A “swarm” according to our likeminded Prime Minister, David Cameron, and The Daily Mail (again). An “army” according to the popular press, who seem to think we should litera ...31st July 2015
Upper Tribunal finds Somali journalist cannot be expected to change profession to avoid persecution
The Upper Tribunal has found in the case of MSM (journalists; political opinion; risk) Somalia  UKUT 00413 (IAC) [BAILII](with UNHCR intervening) that a Somali journalist would be at risk of persecution if returned to Somalia and that, cruciall ...30th July 2015
Detained fast track asylum process suspended
In May 2000 I began work at the Oakington “Reception” Centre near Cambridge for the Immigration Advisory Service, a charity offering legal advice and assistance to detained asylum seekers. And what a reception we offered. It was my first p ...2nd July 2015