All Articles: Immigration news

Conservative manifesto commitments on immigration, the EU and human rights

Standing at the door to No 10, David Cameron stated that he would form a majority government and implement the Conservative Party manifesto “in full”. The moderating influence of the Liberal Democrats has been extinguished. The nationalist isolati ...

8th May 2015 By

Government minister considers children of immigrants to be a problem

Home Office Minister Lord Bates, responding to a question from Lord Green of Migration Watch on population control and the effect of the children of migrants: Lord Green: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the impact ...

18th March 2015 By

Life in immigration detention in the UK

Last week highlighted the blight of the UK’s immigration detention camps. We saw the broadcast of two major Channel 4 investigations into conditions at the Yarl’s Wood and Harmondsworth immigration detention camps here in the UK. The repor ...

9th March 2015 By

Why is the immigration tribunal so uniquely impervious to modernity?

In a recent determination, the President of the Upper Tribunal suggested that documents and submissions could be sent electronically to the tribunal in order to facilitate efficient justice: …parties and their representatives are strongly encour ...

26th February 2015 By

How to make complaints against the Home Office

Home Office guidance on making complaints about immigration cases has been updated. ...

12th February 2015 By

Allowed appeals not allowed

Remarkably honest response to Freedom Information Request for Home Office training materials on the immigration law changes taking effect on 28 July 2014: The withheld training documents contain lines to take, which could assist a foreign ...

15th December 2014 By

Only 15% of Tribunal reporting committee members are women

Some information about the shadowy Upper Tribunal Reporting Committee shared with me by the indefatigable Shoaib Khan, obtained through a Freedom of Information request: The current members of the reporting committee are: Mr Justice McCloskey (Preside ...

15th December 2014 By

NAO questions whether legal aid reforms have delivered better value for money

On 20 November 2014, the National Audit Office – the independent Parliamentary body responsible for scrutinising the way in which the government spends public money – published a report on the implementation of the post-2010 civil legal aid reform ...

5th December 2014 By

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Have you forgotten yet?… For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in the lit he ...

11th November 2014 By

Immigration law bulletin #363

Following the death at Heathrow Airport in October 2010 of Jimmy Mubenga during the course of his deportation this week saw the start of a landmark prosecution of the three G4S Detention Custody Officers. Counsel for the Crown Mark Dennis QC opening t ...

10th November 2014 By

Gail Elliman 1961-2014

Gail Elliman was first and foremost a fantastically warm, funny and compassionate human being. She was also a socialist, a feminist, a lawyer, a trainer, an immigration judge and a coroner. Tragically, she died on 19 October 2014 at the age of 53. I d ...

7th November 2014 By

Illegal immigration should be made illegal says MP

The clue is in the word “illegal”, David. There are a very wide range of criminal offences covering all types of, er, illegal behaviour. Not just in immigration law, either! In an immigration context, though, section 24 of the Immigration ...

3rd November 2014 By

Immigration officials caught lying on oath

This from Channel 4 News about the collapse of a huge “sham marriage” criminal trial: But, when immigration officers were questioned in the witness box, it emerged that evidence had been tampered with or concealed, possibly destroyed, vid ...

23rd October 2014 By

Damning deportation report

The National Audit Office has published a damning report on the UK’s deportation process today. The numbers of foreign criminals deported have actually declined since 2008-09 despite a tenfold increase in the number of staff dealing with these c ...

22nd October 2014 By

New law takes effect today but is missing in action

“But the plans were on display…” “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.” “That’s the display department.” “With a flashlight.” “Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.” “So had the stairs.” “ ...

20th October 2014 By

Obscure new immigration powers commenced – but why now?

So, with the Scottish referendum result out of the way the UK Government has taken the opportunity to extend UK immigration law enforcement powers in Scotland with the commencement of a long dormant power of detention and accompanying criminal offence ...

3rd October 2014 By

New Banksy immigration mural destroyed because it was racist

So Banksy’s new immigration themed mural in Clacton — where Douglas Carswell has resigned as Conservative MP to stand in a by election for UKIP — has been destroyed by the local council before anyone else even knew it was there on th ...

2nd October 2014 By

UKIP plan would increase UK asylum claims

It tickles me that UKIP plan to scrap the EU agreement that permits the UK to return asylum seekers to other EU countries without considering their asylum claim. As it stands, this EU agreement, often referred to as the Dublin Convention or Dublin Reg ...

30th September 2014 By

Closed shop

Interesting reports from a meeting on gender and refugee law tonight: Madam Justice Catriona Jarvis: Being a feminist judge in the immigration tribunal has been a solitary & lonely path #GenderInRefugeeLaw — Asylum Aid (@AsylumAid) September ...

29th September 2014 By

Home Office relying on explicitly racist reasoning to refuse human rights cases

I’ve left out the names. There were two children and both were born in Britain as British citizens. They can “go home” where they belong, though, as far as this civil servant is concerned. ...

29th September 2014 By

Guidance on s.65 of Immigration Act 2014

The government has issued guidance on how section 65 of the Immigration Act 2014 will be applied. Section 65 fills the gap for children of British Citizen fathers born before 2006 whose parents were/are not married. The provisions will create a regist ...

26th September 2014 By

Upper Tribunal immigration judge recruitment drive

So the Judicial Appointments Commission is seeking to recruit “up to 20” fee paid Deputy Judges of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber and six salaried Judges of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber. The form ...

17th September 2014 By

Dual citizenship and Scottish independence

Coming back from my break and looking through various updates, I was struck by a series of articles on citizenship and nationality laws in the event of Scottish independence following the vote this Thursday. Some of these seem to me fundamentally to ...

15th September 2014 By

Helen Bamber OBE (1925 – 2014)

You are giving me your testimony and I will hold it for you and I will honour it and I will bear witness to what has happened to you. Memorial Fund ...

21st August 2014 By

Float list

Want to know what it was like stuck on the float list at Hatton Cross today? Read Emily Dugan’s excellent write up in The Independent. We weren’t the only ones. Several cases were adjourned off to future dates, including cases in which my ...

19th August 2014 By

Home Office reasons for deportation letter, October 2013

It is considered that a significant number of children are brought up satisfactorily by one parent alone with little or no contact with their other parent. ...

30th July 2014 By