The excellent organisation Right to Remain are fundraising to produce a new updated version of their indispensable Toolkit for migrants and refugees. With massive cuts to legal aid in immigration and asylum cases this is a brilliant source of advice and guidance for those at the hard edge of immigration control. There is lots more […]
The case of Lokombe (DRC: FNOs – Airport monitoring)  UKUT 627 (IAC) is a classic! The Upper Tribunal finds an error of law in a judge following a “dismissive and reductionist” approach to a country report, the methodology and evidential basis of which was unclear. Many is the time I’ve pleaded similar errors myself in respect […]
Channel 4 have put together a truly brilliant interactive video on the refugee journey to and within Europe: Two Billion Miles. Worth sharing as widely as possible.
At long last the long awaited new Country Guidance case on Sikhs from Afghanistan is out. The case is TG and others (Afghan Sikhs persecuted) (CG)  UKUT 595 (IAC) and the headnote reads: (i) Some members of the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan continue to suffer harassment at the hands of Muslim zealots. (ii) Members of […]
Very interesting article in The Economist on PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder: Fear itself. Thought provoking and educational for those of us who work with refugees.
A few weeks ago I attended Freedom From Torture’s Priving Torture conference. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Juan Méndez, was there, as was Senior Appeals Counsel from the International Criminal Court Ms Helen Brady. It was a pretty gruelling day and involved quite a lot of discussion about the case of KV (scarring – medical evidence) Sri Lanka  UKUT […]
Yesterday Home Secretary Theresa May gave a speech on immigration and asylum issues at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. It was a nakedly political speech that was clearly intended to appeal to the right wing of the Conservative Party. Theresa May is positioning herself to make a bid for the leadership of the party […]
Timely new UNHCR guidelines on prima facie determination of refugee status, for example of Syrians: Guidelines on International Protection No. 11: Prima Facie Recognition of Refugee Status.
The first week of September 2015. On the most northerly coast of Lesvos, one of the most easterly outposts of Greece’s many islands and a far flung outpost of the European Union, nestles the beautiful fishing port of Skala Sykaminias reached by a melting tarmac road at the end of a vertiginous series of hairpin […]
In HA (Article 24 QD) Palestinian Territories  UKUT 465 (IAC) the President of the Upper Tribunal decides, according to the somewhat cryptic headnote: (i) Article 24 of the Qualification Directive does not confer a substantive right of residence in the Member State concerned. Rather, its function is to determine the modalities whereby a right of residence otherwise […]