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Immigration Judges and Migration Watch

Immigration Judges and Migration Watch

I am back from my very pleasant holidays and thought I would kick off what feels like a new season with some juicy gossip.

Many lawyers in the sector will know that ex immigration judges (then plain old adjudicators, in fact) Patricia Skitmore, John Disley and Harry Mitchell QC joined Migration Watch after stepping down as judges. Some might say this showed their true colours. Few immigration lawyers who appeared before them will have been much surprised by this development, though.

A little bird tells me that Mark Ockleton himself has granted permission to appeal in a case where the grounds are essentially that the previous determination by one of the Migration Watch Three must be considered unsafe. An expert report is being commissioned into whether Migration Watch really is anti-immigration.

It should be a very interesting determination, whichever way it goes.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.

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