Immigration Rules are a disgrace, senior judge complains

Lord Justice Irwin has labelled the Immigration Rules a “disgrace” in the latest example of judicial disquiet over the complexity and poor drafting of the bedrock immigration regulations. Speaking earlier this week, the Court of Appeal jud ...

20th April 2018 By

Malik Law Chambers solicitors shut down by regulator

A high-profile firm of immigration solicitors has been shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The regulator announced the closure on 18 April of Malik Law Chambers, which has two offices in London and one in Birmingham. Giving reason ...

19th April 2018 By

Official migration advisor: low-skilled Europeans likely to lose out after Brexit

New rules on immigration from the EU after Brexit are likely to affect lower-skilled workers most, according to an independent economist who advises the government on migration policy. Professor Alan Manning told MPs this afternoon that, judging by th ...

18th April 2018 By

What the Home Office is (finally) doing for the Windrush children

Today the story of the “Windrush children” — Caribbean Commonwealth citizens being hassled for papers after being in the UK for 40 or 50 years — finally bubbled over. Dogged reporting by Amelia Gentleman of the Guardian eventu ...

17th April 2018 By

Experts highlight flaws in settled status scheme for vulnerable EU citizens

Migration policy experts have warned that the system of registering EU citizens to stay in the UK after Brexit risks excluding the most vulnerable, who will end up as unlawfully resident if they fail to register or are turned down. A briefing from the ...

12th April 2018 By

Reports highlight chronic delay in deciding child asylum claims

Persistent delay in deciding whether or not to grant asylum to children has been criticised in two new reports. The time between the making of an asylum claim by someone under 18 and a decision on that claim was over 200 days for most of 2016 and 2017 ...

6th April 2018 By

Free Movement interviews… Lucy Reed on family law blogging

When I first started blogging I was really an oddity for being a lawyer that would effectively self-publish. People couldn’t quite work out why I was doing it and assumed that I was some sort of PR-hungry attention junkie. There were some people who ...

5th April 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 23-29 March

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. This is the last instalment of this round-up as a standalone article. As explained in the response to the Free Movement reader survey, these weekly po ...

29th March 2018 By

Home Office has relapsed in treatment of refugee children, inspection finds

The Home Office has failed to stick to claimed improvements in how it treats child refugees in the past few years, according to the independent immigration inspector. David Bolt’s inspection of how the Home Office considers the best interests of ...

29th March 2018 By

Brexit, one year on

The momentous decision to begin Brexit in March 2017 was announced the previous October, when Theresa May made her first speech as Prime Minister to the Conservative Party conference. For all the impressions of chaos in between — including the s ...

29th March 2018 By

Immigration inspector: Right to Rent scheme not being properly monitored or evaluated

Government measures aimed at stopping irregular migrants from renting a home are not being properly evaluated, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has found. The controversial Right to Rent scheme is “yet to demonstrate it ...

28th March 2018 By

Tribunal slapped down on power to review trafficking decisions

The Court of Appeal in Secretary of State for the Home Department v MS (Pakistan) [2018] EWCA Civ 594 looked at whether the Upper Tribunal can second-guess the decision of the government to reject someone’s application to be considered a victi ...

28th March 2018 By

There is no evidence that EU migrants reduce wages for British workers

Immigrants from other EU countries do not reduce average wages for UK-born workers. So said the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), a crack team of independent economists that advises the government on immigration policy, in an interim report publishe ...

27th March 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 16-23 March

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. Refugee fostering questions The Mail says that the immigration system has failed in the case of Ahmed Hassan, the 18-year-old Parsons Green bomber, ...

23rd March 2018 By

Test for “further submissions” success routinely misstated in rejection letters

A quick note on a recent asylum judgment in Scotland — nothing earth-shattering in it, our friends at McGill & Co tell me, but a reminder to be on the alert for multiple misstatements of the threshold for success in decision letters rejectin ...

22nd March 2018 By

New Statelessness Index compares how European countries help people with no citizenship

A pan-European alliance of NGOs has launched a new database allowing for easy comparison of how different European countries protect people left without  citizenship of any country due to quirks in nationality law. The Statelessness Index covers a do ...

20th March 2018 By

Home Affairs Committee probes “systemic” problems with immigration detention

The Home Affairs Committee of MPs has announced that it is broadening an existing enquiry into the treatment of migrants held at Brook House detention centre to look at the detention system more widely. The influential committee, which is headed up by ...

19th March 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 9-16 March

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. Far-right activists denied entry Last weekend, the Evening Standard and Mail picked up on the travails of three far-right YouTube stars excluded from ...

16th March 2018 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC895

A short Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC895 was laid yesterday, 15 March 2018. It makes minor changes to the Rules to take effect on 6 April. The explanatory memorandum summarises the tweaks as being to: Ensure that an asylum claim can b ...

16th March 2018 By

Law centre solicitor who charged immigration and asylum clients agrees to striking off

A law centre solicitor who took money from clients seeking help with immigration and asylum problems has accepted his striking off the role of solicitors. Andrew John Puddicombe was employed by Gloucester Law Centre until November 2015, when managemen ...

15th March 2018 By

NGOs launch hostile environment survival guide

A group of charities and NGOs have launched a new guide on immigrants’ rights. It places with particular emphasis on coping with hostile environment measures designing to make life intolerable for undocumented migrants. Know Your Rights: A Gui ...

15th March 2018 By

Home Office helpline for querying bank account closures finally up and running

The first round of immigration checks on migrants’ current accounts took place in January, with banks being required to check the immigration status of their customers against a Home Office database. Those flagged up as being in the UK unlawfull ...

14th March 2018 By

Why the Home Office banned three far-right activists from the UK

Three far-right celebrities have been denied entry to the UK in the past week under the Home Secretary’s power to exclude people when it is conducive to the public good. But what is the law about refusing to let people come into the country and ...

14th March 2018 By

Tortured migrants held at drug-ridden Harmondsworth dentention centre

The independent prison inspector has raised the alarm over the continued detention of migrants who the Home Office accepts have been tortured. A scathing inspection report also found “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees at ...

13th March 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 2-9 March

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. Transgender asylum seekers Leila Zadeh of the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group and Paul Dillane of rights group Kaleidescope Trust are quoted in ...

9th March 2018 By

Half of all immigration appeals now succeed

The percentage of immigration decisions being reversed by judges is at its highest on record, new statistics show. Exactly 50% of appeals to the immigration tribunal — mostly challenges to Home Office refusals to allow people to stay in the UK & ...

8th March 2018 By

Battle for control of migrants’ data heats up

Campaign groups are fighting for better protection of migrants’ personal data on multiple fronts this month. Last week came news that permission had been granted in a judicial review of data sharing arrangements between the Home Office and the N ...

7th March 2018 By

Case on Brits keeping EU citizenship stalls in Dutch courts

We recently covered the case taken by British migrants living in the Netherlands that had, it appeared, succeeded in its aim of getting the Court of Justice of the European Union to decide whether their EU citizenship survives Brexit. The headline was ...

6th March 2018 By

Yarl’s Wood hunger strike letter undermines official stance on protests

A Home Office letter handed to hunger strikers at Yarl’s Wood detention centre casts doubt on the department’s simultaneous insistence that the refusal of food may be for non-political reasons. Last week, Home Office minister Baroness Wil ...

6th March 2018 By

Free Movement interviews… Adam Wagner on human rights blogging

Barrister Adam Wagner founded the widely acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog at 1 Crown Office Row in 2010. He went on to found RightsInfo, an online platform that aims to build knowledge and support for human rights, and now practises out of Doughty Str ...

5th March 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 23 February – 2 March

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. There weren’t as many as usual, although it was another big week in Brexit. Yarl’s Wood Last Friday, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott vi ...

2nd March 2018 By

Landmark detention precedents should be revisited, Lady Justice Arden suggests

The Court of Appeal has lit a distress beacon on damages for wrongful detention, with Lady Justice Arden signalling that the Supreme Court should look again at case law that denies a remedy to people detained on the basis of Home Office decisions that ...

1st March 2018 By

What does the EU’s draft Brexit agreement say about citizens’ rights?

The European Commission has published a draft legal text for a Brexit “Withdrawal Agreement”. It includes the all-important issue of citizens’ rights for EU nationals already living in the UK or arriving here before Brexit is finalis ...

28th February 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 16-23 February

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. Visa quota Last Sunday’s Guardian carried news “Britain has hit its cap on visas for skilled non-European workers for an unprecedented t ...

23rd February 2018 By

EU residents rush for British citizenship but ever fewer new arrivals from Europe

EU citizens already living in the UK are opting for British citizenship at record levels even as more depart and fewer arrive, this morning’s quarterly immigration statistics from the Home Office and Office for National Statistics confirm. The ...

22nd February 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 9-16 February

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. Legal aid worries The number of people given legal aid for immigration cases is lower than in any previous quarter on record, BuzzFeed News reports, ...

16th February 2018 By

Judicial review targets G4S “mismanagement” of detention centres

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has begun a judicial review challenge aimed at G4S, the controversial private company that runs two of the UK’s immigration detention centres. The charity aims to have G4S officially branded a “High Ris ...

15th February 2018 By

Experienced immigration solicitors disciplined over abusive litigation

A solicitor has been suspended from practice for 18 months, and his brother heavily fined, in the latest disciplinary ruling over tactical judicial reviews designed to frustrate deportations. Malik Mohammed Saleem and Malik Mohammed Nazeer, of London ...

13th February 2018 By

How immigration bail really works: scenes from Hatton Cross immigration tribunal

Free Movement deputy editor Conor James McKinney has been exploring the day-to-day workings of the immigration tribunals. Above is a discussion with Emily Dugan of BuzzFeed News, a journalist with a long-standing interest in immigration and asylum iss ...

13th February 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 2-9 February

Here’s your round-up of the immigration and asylum stories that made national headlines this week. “De-risking” closes migrant accounts The Guardian‘s business section raises concerns about immigrants’ bank accounts being clo ...

9th February 2018 By
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