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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

Isabella Acevedo arrested at daughter’s wedding

The Guardian is reporting that Isabella Acevedo, former immigration minister Mark Harper’s former cleaner, was arrested at her daughter’s wedding on Friday last week. Fifteen blackshirts burst in along with a few regular police officers ju ...

21st July 2014 By

Immigration Act 2014: first Commencement Order

The first Commencement Order for the Immigration Act 2014 has been made: the Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 1, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order 2014 (SI 2014/1820). There is no known date for commencement of the main right of appeals ...

14th July 2014 By

Refusal rate for Syrian visa applications to UK

  I was just taking a look at the official immigration statistics to compare refusal rates for different nationalities. This jumped out at me, though: the refusal rate for visa applications by Syrians now stands at 57%. There was a 16 percentage ...

8th July 2014 By

Academics make bad immigration cops? Who knew?

So, the Home Office was doing such a bad job of immigration control that it decided to outsource its responsibilities to employers, then universities, then doctors and now, under the Immigration Act 2014, private citizen landlords. But the same Home O ...

24th June 2014 By

Waiting for your passport? Look away now…

Last year, in 2013, the Home Office launched its #beatthepeak campaign to warn holidaymakers to apply early for passports. In the space of a year we’ve gone from a social media campaign showing smoothly oiled machines churning out shiny new pass ...

12th June 2014 By

Text of amended Modern Slavery Bill now published

Link to the Bill home page here for updates and developments. ...

11th June 2014 By

Immigration Act 2014: full text

Full text of the Immigration Act 2014 if you haven’t seen it already. I’ve been away and am catching up. ...

2nd June 2014 By

Home Office picks wrong family photo for campaign

The Home Office has managed to use a photo of a child that it wanted to remove from the UK as the face of its campaign to overturn a High Court judgment allowing divided families to be reunited. The news item concerns the controversial minimum income ...

4th April 2014 By

Yashika Bageerathi and the Family Returns Process

The story of Yashika Bageerathi has touched many. A bright student brought to the UK by her mother with her siblings to escape domestic violence at home in Mauritius, she has a promising future here if allowed to remain. Because she has turned 18 and ...

30th March 2014 By

Immigration raids found to be unlawful in two thirds of cases

In another highly critical report on immigration enforcement by the Home Office, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine has found that in nearly two thirds of cases (59%) immigration enforcement officers entering business premises l ...

26th March 2014 By

3,014 families put on hold by Home Office

This is while the Home Office, judges and lawyers battle the harsh spouse minimum income threshold through the courts. For an idea of the human misery this is causing, see the distressing comments on this blog here, here and here. ...

12th March 2014 By

Immigration Law Bulletin: Issue 362

Immigration Law News For the Home Office’s report: “Impacts of migration on UK native employment: An analytical review of the evidence”, click here. From 1 April 2014, the British Refugee Council and Migrant Helpline will provide ad ...

12th March 2014 By

What happened to the radical lawyers?

What is a radical lawyer? What I mean by it are those lawyers whose actions and attitudes were largely motivated by a political ideology – socialism and further left; or at least angry lawyers dedicated to fundamental changes to the law, its ins ...

6th March 2014 By

Making a complaint about judicial misconduct

As of 1 October 2013 there is a new formal mechanism for making complaints about judges. The process is set out in the Judicial Conduct (Tribunals) Rules 2013. A colleague alerted me to these rules and a recent comment on the blog persuaded me that it ...

27th February 2014 By

The migrant journey in the UK

The fourth part in the Migrant Journey research series was recently released by the Home Office. It examines what happened to non EEA migrants who entered the UK by various lawful means in 2007. A few random snippets of facts I thought were interestin ...

24th February 2014 By

Clegg and Grayling caption competition

Polite suggestions in the comments, please. Via @legalchap and @MBEGriffiths. ...

20th February 2014 By

Mark Harper’s resignation: has he broken the law?

Immigration Minister Mark Harper has resigned from the Government because in 2007 he employed a cleaner who did not have permission to work. Harper claims that he has not broken the law but is resigning because “I should hold myself to a higher ...

8th February 2014 By

New Home Office definition of ‘exceptional’ circumstances

A Home Office spokesman said: “Staff who make exceptional contributions to the work of the Home Office are eligible for special one-off payments” Apparently a total of 11,672 bonuses were paid in 2012/13 to around 40% of staff, equating t ...

5th February 2014 By

Citizenship is a privilege not a right say Mark Harper and Judge Dredd

"Citizenship is a privilege not a right." So say both Judge Dredd and Immigration Minister Mark Harper. As has been pointed out, the UK government is now literally getting its immigration policy from Judge Dredd. ...

1st February 2014 By

Justice Alliance petition – Joanna Lumley joins fight for Legal Aid

Actress and justice campaigner Joanna Lumley has joined her voice to the rising chorus of concern about the catastrophic changes to Legal Aid. She adds her name, forever associated with the legally aided fight for the rights of Gurkhas (not to mention ...

17th January 2014 By

Meshana skara and Ciorbă replace curry as new national dish

News just in… Following the foretold floods of 1 January 2014 and the ending of labour market restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians, Bulgarian mixed grill (Meshana skara) and Romanian sour soup (Ciorbă) are already outselling chicken tikka ...

2nd January 2014 By

New Immigration Rules laid: X-MAS.%6.&*.

In another leak exclusive to Free Movement it is possible to reveal further Immigration Rule changes to be introduced at short notice. It is understood the new Statement of Changes will be published on 25 December 2013, becoming the seventeenth Statem ...

23rd December 2013 By

Rewards for Home Office Presenting Officers

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vouchers her Department has provided to her Department’s presenting officers for winning cases at immigration tribunals; what the (a) value and (b) store was of each ...

20th December 2013 By

Dignity has no nationality: Our Day 2013

It is inevitable that the poor treatment of migrants today will be our dishonour tomorrow. Great video and Our Day website from Migrants Rights Network for UN International Migrants Day. ...

18th December 2013 By

Winter storm hits Syrian refugees but there’s no room at the inn

William Hague ‘paid tribute‘ to the hospitality of the Lebanese people but here in the UK there is no room at the inn: still the UK refuses to offer resettlement to Syrian refugees. Contrast that with Germany, for example. ...

13th December 2013 By

Stephanie Harrison wins Liberty award

We are all very proud at Garden Court Chambers that the fantastic and inspiring Stephanie Harrison QC last night won Liberty‘s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award. She was cited for her prowess as an advocate for human rights and commitment to ...

26th November 2013 By

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

Interesting, reflective piece in The Guardian by Jon Henley on use of walls in the era of globalisation: ‘Something there is,” runs a line from Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall, “that doesn’t love a wall.” But for a ...

23rd November 2013 By

Insensibility

By choice they made themselves immune/To pity and whatever mourns in man/Before the last sea and the hapless stars A few weeks ago I spent a Friday evening reading through some of the war poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. I was trying ...

11th November 2013 By

True size of Africa

Image from The Economist showing the true geographic size of Africa ...

19th October 2013 By

New Immigration Bill: summary of clauses

The long promised Immigration Bill, consisting of 66 clauses and 8 schedules, has now been published.  It is accompanied by explanatory notes and a detailed memorandum by the Home Office intended to show that the Bill is compatible with ECHR rights ...

11th October 2013 By

Lampedusa tragedy

Migrants will not stop coming to Europe in search of a better life no matter how many sea patrols the politicians send. Families will not allow themselves to be torn apart no matter how tough the immigration rules get. Our politicians are fighting bas ...

3rd October 2013 By

Theresa May unveils Tory immigration plans

Self-styled Theresa ‘CRAZY’ May, our esteemed Home Secretary, has unveiled a range of hardline new immigration measures at the Conservative Party conference. I’ve added the capitals, but in relating her little anecdote about Abu Qat ...

1st October 2013 By

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