Interview: 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 Right ...

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 deta ...

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

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 ...

6th March 2018 By

Interview: 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

Upper Tribunal to reconsider blanket extensions of time for Home Office in judicial review cases

The Upper Tribunal is on the hunt for examples of Home Office delay in formally responding to judicial review cases taken against it. Immigration and Asylum Chamber President Peter Lane is keen to look again at the 2014 Kumar decision that granted gov ...

7th February 2018 By

Judicial appointments latest: presenting officer becomes immigration judge

Another five salaried judges have been appointed to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in the past fortnight, all to be based in London. Joe Neville, 37, solicitor turned barrister. A former legal blogger – which activ ...

7th February 2018 By

NHS immigration health surcharge to double but details thin on the ground

The government has announced that the controversial health surcharge paid by applicants for entry clearance or leave to remain is to double. The main rate will go from £200 a year to £400 a year, with students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme ...

5th February 2018 By

In case you missed it: immigration in the media, 26 January – 2 February

Another bumper week – but then, immigration and asylum are hardly ever out of the headlines these days. EU citizens in immigration detention The number of EEA nationals held in immigration detention has increased sharply in recent years, from 7 ...

2nd February 2018 By

Migrants to mark “One Day Without Us” on 17 February

Campaigners are marking Saturday 17 February as a celebration of migrants and migration in the UK. One Day Without Us is organising various events and rallies around the country, but latte-loving metropolitans like me are urged to gather in Parliament ...

1st February 2018 By

Refugees with criminal records are being told it’s safe to go home

Countries are being declared safe for refugees to return to, but only if they have criminal records, a new report by the government’s immigration inspector suggests. The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, found t ...

31st January 2018 By

Government feeling the pressure of immigration litigation costs

The Home Office is struggling to control the cost of legal fees and compensation for immigration cases, an independent report says. One of the three inspection reports released today by David Bolt, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigrati ...

30th January 2018 By