All Articles: Immigration news

Fabien Delage, designer of ‘plane crash’ font used for Go Home campaign

My partners and customers now suspect I might have been involved in this campaign which, let me tell you, has been quite unpopular abroad. Source: BBC ...

17th September 2013 By

SRA closes immigration firm following urgent injunction fiasco

Consilium Chambers LLP, an East London law firm undertaking immigration work, has been shut down by the Solicitor Regulation Authority only weeks after fierce judicial criticism of the firm’s handling of an urgent immigration injunction and its ...

5th September 2013 By

Residential Landlords’ Association consultation response

There is no doubt that should the proposals be implemented then they will lead to unintended, but increased, discrimination against migrants, with some landlords refusing to house migrants for fear of falling foul of the new rules. ...

28th August 2013 By

On behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department

At two and three years old respectively, it is considered that x and y are of an age where they would be able to readjust to life without you. ...

24th August 2013 By

Legal privilege after Snowden

The legal action initiated by David Miranda through UK solicitors Bindmans brings into sharp focus an issue that has been troubling me since the Snowden revelations began: how can a lawyer acting against government be sure that privileged communicatio ...

22nd August 2013 By

How Your Passport Is Made

Somewhat improved use of social media by the Home Office in my view. It is fascinating to see so many of those precious little purple books flying through the machinery. I actually enjoyed this, I admit! I need to get out more… ...

16th August 2013 By

Circumventing immigration controls NOT always an offence

"The Home Office said people should claim asylum in the first country they reach, adding: "Anyone who tries to circumvent immigration controls to enter the UK is breaking the law." The Guardian, 9 August 2013 ...

9th August 2013 By

Go Back To Where You Came From

Kent Martin is a regular and long time Free Movement reader and sent this in for the blog. I thought it made an interesting contrast to the absence of positive media coverage in this country. I’m an Australian/Brit who has spent over a decade in ...

7th August 2013 By

Suspected Peruvian #immigrationoffender arrested today in West London

RT @ukhomeoffice Suspected Peruvian #immigrationoffender arrested today in West London Hat tip @jonronson. ...

6th August 2013 By

George the Poet: ‘Go Home’

Another video for Friday afternoon, this one via The Guardian. Absolutely brilliant. I only wish I could somehow make Mark Harper watch it. ...

2nd August 2013 By

Southall Black Sisters confront UK Border Agency

Southall Black Sisters are even more fantastic than they were before. If that is even possible. After all the miserable immigration propaganda the Government has been pumping out this is a much needed breath of fresh air. ...

2nd August 2013 By

Migration researchers on Twitter

I will follow, as they say. By @jorgencarling. ...

27th July 2013 By

A Sanctuary for Snowden?

After my impromptu Snowden mini series a couple of weeks ago, ECRE got in touch to ask for a “didactic commentary regarding general asylum procedures in the context of Snowden’s situation”. With permission, here is the article below, ...

19th July 2013 By

New President Appointed

Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey has been appointed the new President of the Upper Tribunal’s Immigration and Asylum Chamber. His term begins on 1 October 2013 at the conclusion of Mr Justice Nicholas Blake’s three year term of office. First o ...

18th July 2013 By

Weekend Twitter catch up

Morning! Unusually, there were several interesting snippets on immigration over the weekend. Here’s a reasonably random small selection via Twitter for your Monday morning delectation: http://t.co/XqVXj3xFBx Prenga is back up… going to be ...

15th July 2013 By

Is Edward Snowden a refugee?

Edward Snowden, the private contractor who exposed the industrial scale intelligence gathering methods of the United States’ National Security Agency and our own GCHQ, is seeking asylum in Russia and a host of other countries. He fears that his ...

2nd July 2013 By

Does the UK consider asylum applications made from abroad?

Edward Snowden is coming across as pretty desperate and is reported to have made asylum applications to a host of different countries, all from his reported current location of Russia. The Guardian is keeping tabs on which countries have so far respon ...

2nd July 2013 By

Is Edward Snowden stateless?

I can keep this fairly short: ‘no’. In his Wikileaks statement Edward Snowden says that the US government “has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person” This is a common misconception. A passport is evide ...

2nd July 2013 By

Ellsberg, Kissinger and the questionable value of secret material

Today the closed material procedure for evidence in civil trials comes into effect. This excludes one of the parties from the proceedings, meaning that they do not get to see the evidence relied on by the other party. It violates one of the basic tene ...

1st July 2013 By

“How am I supposed to be Home Secretary after this?”

I’m not a big fan of this meme but I know a lot of people do find them funny… Personally, I’m also a lot more defeatist than the maker of this parody. To my mind, the more liberals and lawyers make a fuss the more this enhances Grayl ...

29th May 2013 By

Round up

There are some detailed blog posts to come on some of the more important things that happened in the last fortnight, but for those who missed their beloved Free Movement updates here is a brief round up of developments I’ve spotted looking throu ...

21st May 2013 By

Legal aid and access to justice

Legal aid work has, paradoxically, always felt like both a duty and a privilege. A duty because the rates of pay are much lower than for private work and, arguably, even artificially depress private rates. The still recent across the board 10% cut in ...

22nd April 2013 By

Plus ça change

So, the ill-starred UK Border Agency is to be abolished. Few if any will be sorry to see it go. But the sordid business of immigration control will go on and, as the Permanent Secretary, Mark Sedwill, wrote to staff: “Most of us will still be do ...

10th April 2013 By

Migration map

IOM inward/outward migration map Interesting! Thanks to @deportedfromUK for the heads up. ...

18th February 2013 By

May be wrong

Theresa May this weekend launched a blistering and unprecedented attack on ‘a minority of judges’, accused them of ignoring the will of Parliament by refusing to deport foreign criminals. Remarkably, she said that: A minority think it is t ...

18th February 2013 By

Discouraging Migrants and Citizenship Tests

It’s early in the week, but already we’ve been hit by two biggish pieces of mainstream immigration news, neither of which really address real concerns, and nor will they have much of an impact. There have been reports that the government are consi ...

29th January 2013 By

Dr Shirani Bandaranayake, Chief Justice of Sri Lanka

We at Renaissance Chambers wish to join the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the International Commission of Jurists and the UK Bar Human Rights Committee amongst others and pay tribute to this brave woman who makes this statement though she fears for he ...

18th January 2013 By

ONS video explains census data

This is such a good explanation of the census data on the foreign-born component of the ‘usually resident’ population that I felt I had to share it. Really good work by the Office of National Statistics. It is a five minute look at the dat ...

11th December 2012 By

Time to stop lawyer bashing and look at where the real fault lies….

Carrying on from FM’s open season article last week, it is clear that immigration lawyers are getting a hard time of it at the moment: first it was judge bashing and now the lawyers are in the firing line. The pernicious pastime of naming and sh ...

28th November 2012 By

Blatant puff piece

Back to more serious blogging and the detention mini series ASAP, but I simply can’t resist a quick plug for Renaissance Chambers, the team behind this blog. On Thursday last week we were awarded the tasteful little logo to the right by Chambers ...

5th November 2012 By

Iranian dissidents awarded Sakharov Prize

Imprisoned lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and banned film maker Jafar Panahi have been awarded the Sakharav Prize. The Sakharav Prize, named after the Soviet scientist and dissident, is an annual prize, awarded by the European Parliament to individuals or org ...

2nd November 2012 By

Operation Mayapple and Home Office use of social media

The UK Border Agency has taken to using social media to proclaim its propaganda on the ongoing purge of illegal immigrants from the United Kingdom. Conventional press releases are no longer sufficient. Free Movement has already covered the use of YouT ...

23rd August 2012 By

Daily Mail drafting grounds at UKBA?

The UK Border Agency just got permission to appeal from the First-tier Tribunal on these grounds, reproduced word for word in their entirety: The Judge of the First-tier Tribunal has made a material error of law in the determination in the following w ...

1st August 2012 By

UK Border Agency recruiting barristers for tribunal work

It will not have escaped the attention of immigration barristers in London that there are some very fresh faces in court acting for the Home Office. ‘Operation Present’ is back, sort of, with the Home Office having recruited a bunch of jun ...

27th July 2012 By

Judge hung out to dry

As we have previously argued on this blog here and here, attacks by newspapers on judges for following and applying the law are unwarranted and dangerous in a healthy democracy. In one recent such attack article, the Daily Mail named a particular imm ...

19th July 2012 By

The Telegraph’s witch hunt for lenient judges

The Sunday Telegraph yesterday published an article singling out three Senior Immigration Judges as being excessively lenient. I am going to more or less ignore the issue of the correctness or otherwise of the principle of singling out judges based on ...

18th June 2012 By

New Statement of Intent on family migration

Fresh off the press is the Government’s Statement of Intent: Family Migration which proposes not just to change but to direct the way in which the UKBA and Courts decide Article 8 cases. FM has recently discussed whether it is legally permissible to ...

13th June 2012 By

Poor people to be prevented from marrying

Theresa May has announced that people considered by Bullingdon Club alumni David Cameron and George Osborne to be ‘poor’ will be prevented from marrying or living together in the same area. In order that individual assessments need not be ...

11th June 2012 By

How soft is the law on deportation right now?

Not very soft at all. Paragraph 364 of the Immigration Rules, which governs both the UK Border Agency and to a significant extent the immigration tribunal and courts, states that, subject to human rights law (an important proviso), there is a presumpt ...

10th June 2012 By

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