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Annual Report of Tribunals highlights urgent areas for improvement

The Annual Report of the tribunal system has been published. The review of the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber review starts at page 74. The First-tier report tells of long waits caused by fluctuations in caseload, a long-term chang ...

9th March 2016 By

Inspectors: Refugees held in “wholly unacceptable” conditions in freight shed

An unannounced inspection of short term detention facilities for refugees and migrants crossing the Channel into the UK has revealed that hundreds, including many children, have been held in “wholly unacceptable” and insanitary conditions ...

8th March 2016 By

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration criticises Home Office complaint handling

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has published a new report which is highly critical of Home Office complaint handling. The findings echo those of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman from November 2015. Bolt and h ...

1st March 2016 By

The EU renegotiation and EU family members

This post is reblogged from Professor Steve Peer’s excellent and comprehensive post on the immigration aspects of UK’s renegotiation proposals. What follows is the section of that blog post on family members. Head over to the original for ...

10th 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

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 By

Missing Migrants Project by International Organisation for Migration

Today is International Migrants Day. The IOM (International Organisation for Migration) keeps track of the dead washing up on the shores of Europe with their Missing Migrants Project. So far this year 3,671 have drowned on the edges of Europe. 5,086 ...

16th December 2015 By

Chief Inspector David Bolt aims for lower profile than predecessor

This weekend, I spent Saturday at the Immigration Law Practitioners Association Annual General Meeting. What a lark. The main attraction, other than catching up with (increasingly) old friends, was a talk by David Bolt, the newish Chief Inspector of B ...

30th November 2015 By

New immigration statistics: some highlights

The quarterly immigration statistics were published this morning. Net migration has reached its highest ever level, now standing at 336,000 for the year ended June 2015. Immigration increased by 62,000 to 636,000 and emigration decreased by 20,000 to ...

26th November 2015 By

Chief Inspector report on settlement applications finds room for improvement

David Bolt, the former spy turned new(ish) Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has issued a new report on Home Office decision making in settlement applications. The full report and Home Office response can be accessed here. The report is gene ...

20th November 2015 By

Anthem For Doomed Youth

Some of Owen’s lines make it hard not to think of the 3,350 that the International Organisation for Migration believe have drowned so far attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year. The number of drownings so far in 2015 already exceed th ...

11th November 2015 By

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 By

The Immigration Bill 2015

The Immigration Bill 2015 was published on 17 September 2015. For now, this post provides links to further reading and resources on the Bill and also some commentary on the appeals sections, which are of the most direct interest to immigration lawyer ...

18th September 2015 By

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 437

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 437 has been published. Most of the changes are fairly minor or technical but not all. From the explanatory notes: The purpose of these changes is to: implement section 53(1) of the Modern Slavery Act ...

17th September 2015 By

Is it time to invoke the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive for Syrian refugees?

Back in 2001 the EU adopted Council Directive 2001/55/EC, usually referred to as the Temporary Protection Directive. Its full title reveals its purpose: on minimum standards for giving temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced p ...

15th September 2015 By

Sandbrook Solicitors to be investigated by SRA

In another Hamid judgment the Upper Tribunal has referred for investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority the conduct of another solicitors’ firm, this time Sandbrook Solicitors. The case is Re Sandbrook Solicitors [2015] EWHC 2473 (A ...

11th September 2015 By

Inspection finds Border Force Officers at Heathrow Airport fail to keep adequate documentation

Last month’s report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Inspection of Border Force Operations at Heathrow Airport, reveals that the Border Force Officers at Heathrow Airport are failing to record justifications for detent ...

4th September 2015 By

The boy in the surf

I cried when I saw the sequence of pictures yesterday on social media. My children are the same age. Were I in the position of that boy’s parents, would I have stayed physically safe in a refugee camp but with no meaningful life ahead of us, or ...

3rd September 2015 By

How to avoid the dreaded float list in the immigration tribunal

The float list is dreaded by lawyers and hated by appellants. Basically, the immigration tribunal is already so under resourced (and that is before the coming cuts) and so utterly lacking in respect for immigrants and their friends, families and lawye ...

8th July 2015 By

Delays in immigration hearings allegedly caused by funding dispute

There have been rumours over the last week that the number of hearing rooms for immigration, asylum and deportation cases is to be drastically reduced from August 2015. Well placed sources report that in London the total number of hearing rooms will b ...

2nd July 2015 By

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