All Articles: Asylum

Inspectors criticises Home Office handling of refugee family reunion applications

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has criticised Home Office handling of applications by family members of refugees settled in the UK. His new report found the Home Office was too quick to refuse applications which might ulti ...

15th September 2016 By

Dura Lex, Sed Lex: Refugee children must remain in Calais says Court of Appeal

The UK government, and Europe, has spared no expense to ensure that wherever the people trying to get to Europe end up, it isn’t here. But the courts are seemingly doing their best to help. The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Secretary of State for ...

7th September 2016 By

Home Office publishes new Eritrea country information and fact finding report

The Home Office has published a new 285 page report of a UK fact finding mission to Eritrea from February 2016 and updated its country policy documents on illegal exit from Eritrea and military service. From a quick glance, it looks like there is lit ...

10th August 2016 By

New Home Office API on gay asylum claims: not fit for purpose

The new Asylum Policy Instruction on Sexual Orientation Issues in the Asylum Claim, published last Wednesday, marks an unwelcome retrograde step for the Home Office, which still continues to apply the ‘voluntary discretion test’ to gay asylum clai ...

8th August 2016 By

Rwandan considered involved in genocide wins UK settlement appeal

The case of Ruhumuliza (Article 1F and “undesirable”) [2016] UKUT 284 (IAC) concerns an Anglican bishop judged by the Secretary of State on the balance of probabilities to have been involved in crimes against humanity, specifically genoc ...

28th June 2016 By

Myth buster: “memories of trauma are engraved on the brain”

“I’ll never forget that day” We tend to believe that the more important an experience, the more likely it is that it will be ‘engraved’ on the brain. In the asylum system, this is maintained by decision makers who maintain the belief that a ...

21st June 2016 By

Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

Interesting from the BBC: Converts to Christianity are being unfairly treated by the asylum system, according to a report by a parliamentary group. But how do you prove someone is Christian? The full report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Int ...

15th June 2016 By

Relatives of refugee child win appeal against refusal of entry

The President of the Upper Tribunal, Mr Justice McCloskey, has allowed on human rights grounds the appeal of the mother and brother of a refugee child from Eritrea. The mother and brother were the appellants and the child in the UK was the sponsor. Th ...

20th May 2016 By

Arson attack on French lawyers in Calais

Very upsetting news on Saturday from the French lawyers in the migrant camp in Calais. You can donate here to show solidarité. Today, March 17th 2016, just prior to 6 p.m., an arson attack was committed against the wooden cabin occupied by the Calai ...

21st March 2016 By

New EU task force to impose common asylum standards

An interesting set of draft Council conclusions on convergence in asylum decision practices obtained by Statewatch sets out a roadmap towards greater consistency in asylum decision making. There is a lot of work to do on this front, as shown by IRIN ...

21st March 2016 By

Myth buster: “a truthful account remains consistent”

Why do we think this? There’s an English phrase – “to keep your story straight”. If you can’t do this, the saying goes, you’re making it up. We used to think that memory was like taking a photograph, or a video-recording of an event. What ...

23rd February 2016 By

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 By

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 [2016] UKUT 61 (IAC). The applicant child ...

29th January 2016 By

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 By

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