Removals to Mogadishu are re-starting

The Home Office have started giving directions for the removal of failed asylum seekers to Mogadishu on Turkish Airline flights via Istanbul. Anyone given such removal directions might ask the Home Office to reconsider whether they risk violating thei ...

21st February 2014 By

Richmond Mags dedicated immigration hearing centre from April

There are three courts at Richmond Mags being used for immigration hearings now but all five will apparently be used for immigration hearings from April. Meanwhile, the family court at Richmond is apparently moving to Hatton Cross, which has been seri ...

9th January 2014 By

‘Proving’ sexual orientation in asylum claims

According to the recent Missing the Mark report by the excellent UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, a worryingly high proportion of LGBTI asylum claims are refused because the Home Office does not believe that the claimant has ‘proved’ his or ...

30th October 2013 By

European Asylum Information Database

European Asylum Information Database A well designed and useful new resource website from ECRE and partners offering comparisons between different European asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention policies. ...

12th July 2013 By

Unreported immigration tribunal decisions

Unreported immigration tribunal decisions BAILII now seems to host 37,453 unreported determinations of the immigration tribunal, dating back to 2003. May mean we can finally track down the decisions The Telegraph uses in its ongoing campaign to stop h ...

8th July 2013 By

Freedom From Torture referrals by email

Freedom From Torture referrals by email Freedom From Torture are spreading the word that referrals to them for medico-legal reports can now be made by email, a new facility that makes life just a little easier. ...

27th June 2013 By

No net working

I’m away until 20 June. This sign, down at the local harbour, says it all. ...

11th June 2013 By

“How am I supposed to be Home Secretary after this?”

I’m not a big fan of this meme but I know a lot of people do find them funny… Personally, I’m also a lot more defeatist than the maker of this parody. To my mind, the more liberals and lawyers make a fuss the more this enhances Grayl ...

29th May 2013 By

Further judicial warnings on urgent injunction applications

Sir John Thomas has given a further warning to solicitors and barristers acting in urgent injunction applications. The case is R (on the application of Rehman) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 1351 (Admin). No names are named ...

23rd May 2013 By

Private landlords as immigration informants

UPDATE: NOW IN FORCE. A few weeks ago David Cameron suggested that private landlords should be required to check the immigration status of tenants. Now, lo and behold, the measure is to be included in a new Immigration Bill announced in the QueenR ...

22nd May 2013 By

Round up

There are some detailed blog posts to come on some of the more important things that happened in the last fortnight, but for those who missed their beloved Free Movement updates here is a brief round up of developments I’ve spotted looking throu ...

21st May 2013 By

Back from holidays

Back from holidays but lots of catching up to do. Lots of immigration Stuff seems to have happened in the last two weeks! ...

21st May 2013 By

Free Movement is away

Free Movement is now away on holiday for a couple of weeks. The blog has been a bit quiet the last week, for which I apologise – I’ve been poorly and anything more than Twitter has been a bit of a stretch. Better now, though. Dormant posts ...

4th May 2013 By

LASPO resources

Comprehensive list of LASPO resources From the Legal Aid Handbook people, brand new edition available to buy now. ...

30th April 2013 By

ACCA not a degree

ACCA not a degree says High Court Zane has suggested on Twitter he is appealing but this looks pretty authoritative, at least in cases that were decided before the Supreme Court decision in Alvi. Note that the claimant in this case, Syed, had to argue ...

29th April 2013 By

Legal aid and access to justice

Legal aid work has, paradoxically, always felt like both a duty and a privilege. A duty because the rates of pay are much lower than for private work and, arguably, even artificially depress private rates. The still recent across the board 10% cut in ...

22nd April 2013 By

Chen children and employment

Chen children and employment Interesting new case on Chen children and whether income from the lawful employment of their parents can create self sufficiency for the purposes of EU law: Seye (Chen children; employment) [2013] UKUT 178 (IAC). Tribunal ...

18th April 2013 By

European Court of Human Rights fact sheet

Not a high number In 2012, 0.48% of cases against the UK succeeded before the European Court of Human Rights. Interesting fact sheet from Strasbourg on UK cases. ...

16th April 2013 By

Access to the internet at immigration detention centres

It looked for a while like banning this blog was all the rage. First there was some discussion on Twitter on which websites are banned within immigration detention centres, then the immigration tribunal presidents had a go as well. What are "proh ...

11th April 2013 By

Plus ça change

So, the ill-starred UK Border Agency is to be abolished. Few if any will be sorry to see it go. But the sordid business of immigration control will go on and, as the Permanent Secretary, Mark Sedwill, wrote to staff: “Most of us will still be do ...

10th April 2013 By

Baa humbug

Sheep shearer concession I kid you not. ...

9th April 2013 By

Sikhs in Afghanistan

DSG &  Others (Afghan Sikhs: departure from CG) Afghanistan [2013] UKUT 148 (IAC) Having done quite a few Afghan Sikh cases myself I can say this looks like a very sensible and pragmatic decision essentially disavowing the rather antiquated exis ...

8th April 2013 By

Important guidance on medical evidence in asylum cases

JL (medical reports-credibility) China [2013] UKUT 145 (IAC) Important read for anyone commissioning, writing or relying on medical reports in asylum cases. Official headnote: (1) Those writing medical reports for use in immigration and asylum appeals ...

8th April 2013 By

OO (gay men: risk) Algeria [2013] UKUT 63 (IAC)

OO (gay men: risk) Algeria [2013] UKUT 63 (IAC) Official headnote: a) “Sodomy” and “acts against nature with a member of the same sex” are illegal under Penal Code Article 388 and 333 in Algeria and on conviction carry a criminal sentence of u ...

8th April 2013 By

Jo Renshaw on the effect of LASPO

Excellent but awfully depressing article by Jo Renshaw of Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year 2012 firm Turpin & Miller in the New Law Journal on the effect of LASPO: …The list of casualties among those who are often the least able to fight thei ...

2nd April 2013 By

Case of Wray successfully appealed

Email in from David Jones at Garden Court Chambers: Just wanted to drop you a line as it has been flagged up to me that Mark Wray v SSHD [2010] EWHC 3301, a case with which I have been involved, has been relied on in judgments to support interference ...

13th March 2013 By

Forum and other blog news

The Free Movement Forum will, I hope, be an essential resource and outlet for immigration lawyers. Joining is also, of course, a good way to support the blog and the work that has goes into it if you value that and find it useful. The launch seems to ...

11th March 2013 By

Forum opens today

The Free Movement forum launches today. It is intended to be a private, progressive space in which immigration lawyers, campaigners, academics, students and select others can help one another and discuss any or all immigration, asylum, nationality and ...

4th March 2013 By

Channel 4 News report on suspension of Tamil removals

Renaissance Chambers doesn’t get a mention by The Snow but does in the accompanying website article, which is nice. Great work by Charlotte and Nishan. For clarification, S. Satha & Co were the solicitors acting. ...

27th February 2013 By

Free Movement forum coming soon

Continuing in the spirit of innovation, the Free Movement legal forum will, all being well, launch next week. I’m seeking comments or feedback on the idea now before it goes live. A Join the forum introductory page has been added to the menu bar ...

27th February 2013 By

Halsbury Legal Awards 2013

With an unhealthy mixture of surprise, embarrassment and pride (emphasis on surprise, I think) we can announce that the Renaissance Chambers Immigration Team has been shortlisted for the Award for Innovation – The Bar at the Halsbury Legal Award ...

25th February 2013 By

Best interests of child and Dublin II

In Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 of 18 February 2003 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national, when an applic ...

21st February 2013 By

Migration map

IOM inward/outward migration map Interesting! Thanks to @deportedfromUK for the heads up. ...

18th February 2013 By

May be wrong

Theresa May this weekend launched a blistering and unprecedented attack on ‘a minority of judges’, accused them of ignoring the will of Parliament by refusing to deport foreign criminals. Remarkably, she said that: A minority think it is t ...

18th February 2013 By

This instrument is drawn to the special attention of the House on the grounds it may inappropriately achieve its policy objective. House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, 6th Report of Session 2012-13, Statement of Changes in Immigrat ...

17th February 2013 By

Country Guidance on Burma unlawful

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Country Guidance on Burma dating back to 2009 was legally flawed. Decisions based on the earlier TK case are therefore flawed. Full post and analysis to follow. ...

13th February 2013 By

Residence rights of durable partners

Very good note by AIRE Centre on durable partners in EU law and their rights if they suffer domestic violence and relationship breakdown. ...

12th February 2013 By

New Phelan freshly minted!

Hard copy left, Kindle right (buying via these links throws me a very small bungreferral fee) Amazon doesn’t yet have an image but for those wondering about this year’s colour, it is a bit like the 2003 model but a slightly mintier green. ...

6th February 2013 By

Rodriguez (Flexibility Policy) [2013] UKUT 00042 (IAC)

Rodriguez (Flexibility Policy) [2013] UKUT 00042 (IAC). About as good as it could be. Appeals to be allowed where UK Border Agency Points Based System decisions fail to apply the evidential flexibility policy. ...

1st February 2013 By

CM (EM country guidance; disclosure) Zimbabwe CG [2012] UKUT 00059 (IAC)

No general duty on Secretary of State to disclose evidence in asylum cases, only not to mislead by omission Overturned Country Guidance in case of EM and Others (Returnees) Zimbabwe CG [2011] UKUT 98 (IAC) reinstated with amendment to account for RT ...

1st February 2013 By