Eweida, religion, sexuality, politics, Kylie and asylum

In the case of Eweida v UK [2013] ECHR 37 the European Court of Human Rights famously dismissed three out of four religious discrimination applications while managing to appear sympathetic to the cause of religious freedom. The case concerned the rig ...

19th March 2013 By

‘Adequate’ maintenance and welfare benefits

Ahmed (benefits: proof of receipt; evidence) [2013] UKUT 84 (IAC) Useful best practice case for practitioners still dealing with old-style maintenance cases, particularly where the sponsor is in receipt of welfare benefits of some sort. ...

1st March 2013 By

Burmese Country Guidance case found legally flawed

The Court of Appeal has in the case of KS (Burma) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 67 found that the 2009 Country Guidance case of TL (Sur Place activities-risk) Burma [2009] UKAIT 00017 was legally flawed, effectively over ...

19th February 2013 By

Evidence in the tribunal

CM (EM country guidance; disclosure) Zimbabwe CG [2013] UKUT 59 (IAC) is important not only as Country Guidance on Zimbabwe but also on the law of evidence in the immigration tribunal. The broad effect of the Country Guidance findings are summarised ...

13th February 2013 By

Human rights and the immigration rules

The Upper Tribunal has yet again rejected the Government’s contention that new immigration rules define and delineate the extent of the United Kingdom’s human rights obligations. The latest case is Ogundimu (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeri ...

11th February 2013 By

Just tell us what happened

In preparing my two year old toddler son for another trip to the swimming pool on Saturday morning, I suddenly realise that I am teaching him how to remember details, what are the important or ‘right’ details (by my reaction when I laugh o ...

6th February 2013 By

Awards of costs in immigration cases

Litigation is an expensive business, and immigration is a litigious business. As the recent brouhaha around judicial review revealed, the vast majority of judicial review cases in the High Court and on appeal up to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Cour ...

28th January 2013 By

UKBA refuse to remove overstayers

In asylum cases it is still referred to as The Legacy, as if it were a second rate Spagetti Western. In immigration cases it has the more prosaic title of the ‘migration refusal pool’. The UK Border Agency’s inspectorate has today [u ...

23rd January 2013 By

Exclusion from Refugee Convention

As part of my catch-up campaign on major cases not yet covered on the blog, I thought it would be helpful to post up some extracts from a case note I’ve written for the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law journal. The full case note will be ...

22nd January 2013 By

Court of Appeal grapples with Zambrano

The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Zambrano requires a lot of explaining. The process of seeking to understand its impact will continue for some time at an EU level and domestically. In Harrison (Jamaica) v Secretary of St ...

17th January 2013 By

More new Immigration Rules with immediate effect

Statement of Changes HC 820 was laid before Parliament yesterday, 12 December 2012, to come into effect today, 13 December 2012. You  need look no further than the fact that this is the ninth Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules this year al ...

13th December 2012 By

Application fee may breach human rights

In the case of R (on the application of Omar) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 3448 (Admin) (30 November 2012) the High Court has held that charging a fee for a human rights based immigration application will itself breach huma ...

10th December 2012 By

Country Guidance on Ahmadis from Pakistan

The Upper Tribunal has issued a new Country Guidance case on Ahmadis from Pakistan, the case of MN and others (Ahmadis – country conditions – risk) Pakistan CG [2012] UKUT 00389 (IAC). Shivani Jegarajah and Colin Yeo of Renaissance Chambers (and t ...

16th November 2012 By

Translation of Singh v Belgium

After seeing the Strasbourg case of Singh v Belgium (33210/11) highlighted here on Free Movement, Balkrishna Gurung of Howe + Co Solicitors (with assistance from David Saldanha) has commissioned a translation and offered to share it with blog re ...

14th November 2012 By

Dulce et Decorum Est

An old friend sent me this yesterday. Having not read it for years, Owen’s lines about his dreams and helpless sight struck me even more forcefully than the rest. All these years later there are still those that consider that Post Traumatic Stre ...

12th November 2012 By

Controversial new human rights rules rejected

The Upper Tribunal has rejected the Government’s attempt exhaustively to define the scope and meaning of Article 8 private and family life in the controversial new immigration rules introduced in July 2012. The case is  MF (Article 8 – new ru ...

31st October 2012 By

Bail for Immigration Detainees

As the opening post in a mini series over the next few weeks on detention issues and cases I thought it would be worthwhile to give a plug to the work of the small charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). BID relies on pro bono work by barristers ...

29th October 2012 By

Important new deportation cases

On Tuesday this week the Court of Appeal handed down two important new cases on deportation. The first is Mohan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1363 and concerns the interaction of family and immigration law. The second i ...

26th October 2012 By

Book review: Free Movement of Persons in the Enlarged European Union

The publishers, Sweet & Maxwell, have been kind enough to provide a review copy of the 2nd edition of Free Movement of Persons in the Enlarged European Union by Nicola Rogers, Rick Scannell and John Walsh. Nicola and Rick are formerly of Garden Co ...

25th October 2012 By

Zambrano (sort of) incorporated into regulations at last

The Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/2560) come into force on 8 November 2012. There are two bits of good news for applicants and one piece of bad news. For previous news, updates and commentary on ...

23rd October 2012 By

Judicial review of Upper Tribunal

As of 1 October 2012 a new procedure has been introduced for judicial review of decisions by the Upper Tribunal to refuse permission to appeal to itself. This follows on from the Supreme Court’s judgment in Cart and MR (Pakistan) [2011] UKSC 28 ...

10th October 2012 By

Asylum credibility: timely new case from Strasbourg

In a case that in some ways exceptional but in many ways entirely ordinary, the UK Border Agency this week rejected an asylum claim by a young Afghan man. The reason the case was exceptional is that he had previously worked with the British armed forc ...

4th October 2012 By

European Database of Asylum Law

I came across the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) yesterday (hat tip to the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter (FRLAN)) and thought it was worth sharing with readers. It is funded by the European Commission’s European Refugee Fund and run b ...

3rd October 2012 By

Acquiring and losing free movement rights

The Court of Appeal recently gave judgment in a very important decision in European Union deportation cases, Secretary of State for the Home Department v FV (Italy) [2012] EWCA Civ 1199. The case concerns the question of whether or how far a period of ...

2nd October 2012 By

Immigration appeals and executive discretion

Following on from his learned but — at least on the question of what a judge should actually do— slightly Delphic determination in AG and others (Policies; executive discretions; Tribunal’s powers) Kosovo [2007] UKAIT 00082, the Dep ...

28th September 2012 By

Religious persecution

The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down judgment in the case of Germany v Y and Z [2012] EUECJ C-71/11 on 5 September 2012. This is one of the first Court of Justice cases to consider the definition of a refugee and the terms of Direct ...

27th September 2012 By

Evidence in retained rights of residence cases

This post is definitely one for the lawyers, I’m afraid, as it concerns an important but difficult to explain area of European Economic Area free movement law: obtaining evidence in retained rights of residence cases. A few weeks ago my roommate ...

20th August 2012 By

The false omniscience of the internet age

In the case of HJ (Iran) [2011] 1 AC 596 (post here) the Supreme Court held that self oppression can be persecution. To put it another way, being forced to conceal a Convention reason protected characteristic (sexuality, political opinion, religious ...

2nd August 2012 By

Supreme Court says no lies to achieve safety

In the case of RT (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] UKSC 38 the Supreme Court has today held that asylum seekers cannot be expected to lie or dissemble in order to achieve safety in their own country. This principle appli ...

25th July 2012 By

The Case of the Lost Prerogative

View image | gettyimages.com The judgments The judgments in Munir [2012] UKSC 32 and Alvi [2012] UKSC 33 are perhaps the most important in immigration law since the Immigration Act 1971 was passed. The Supreme Court holds that the ancient royal prerog ...

18th July 2012 By

Pankina upheld by Supreme Court

[UPDATE: for more analysis see new post The Case of the Lost Prerogative] This is huge news in immigration law: the Supreme Court has dismissed the Home Office appeal in Alvi [2012] UKSC 33, upholding the earlier Court of Appeal judgment in Pankina. T ...

18th July 2012 By

No new evidence in Points Based System appeals

In another major end of term judgment the Court of Appeal has finally reviewed the legality of preventing reliance on new evidence at Points Based System appeals hearings. The case is Alam v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 9 ...

17th July 2012 By

The New Rules

When I attempted to read Kafka’s The Castle I gave up half way* through on the basis that the castle K strives to reach was a metaphor for the text of the book itself, which was impenetrable. I tried to tell myself afterwards that Kafka had not ...

9th July 2012 By

Appealing a Zambrano ‘decision’

This is the second post in a short series on the Zambrano judgment. The first part was Making a Zambrano application. Next time: Whither Zambrano? by Iain Palmer. Following on from the last post on Zambrano, the position of the UK Border Agency is tha ...

27th June 2012 By

Amendments to EEA regulations on rights of residence

Amendments to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 (commonly known as the EEA regs) have been laid and will mainly come into force on 16 July 2012. The amendments are at SI 2012/1547. Firstly, there is no sign of any attempt to t ...

26th June 2012 By

Making a Zambrano application

This is the first in a short series of posts about the Zambrano judgment. Next time: Appeals in Zambrano cases. On 8 March 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave judgment in the Zambrano case. On the Free Movement blog we said we ...

25th June 2012 By

Refugees and refoulement: the Supreme Court

In the case of R (on the application of ST (Eritrea)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] UKSC 12 the Supreme Court has held that it is not unlawful to seek to remove to another country a person who has already been recognised as a re ...

12th April 2012 By

Second appeals test

UPDATED AND REVISED Judgment was handed down this morning by the Court of Appeal in a test case on the nature of the second appeals test in immigration and asylum cases. The case name is JD (Congo) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Departmen ...

16th March 2012 By

Deportation game changer

He said it so sympathetically, it made it all the worse: “This is a fast moving area of law, we understand that, but you might want to take a look at a case we reported last week.”   That was last month now, the speaker was President ...

13th March 2012 By

New case law on meaning of genuine and subsisting marriage

Several important new cases have just emerged on the subject of marriage and the immigration rules for spouses. They all deal with the evidence and burden of proof in such cases. The President of the Upper Tribunal’s Immigration and Asylum Chamb ...

7th February 2012 By