Asylum court fee hike makes access to justice a “luxury” for the few – The Bar Council

Posted April 28th, 2016 in asylum, barristers, civil justice, fees, immigration, press releases, tribunals by tracey

‘Plans put forward by the Ministry of Justice yesterday to increase fees for those seeking justice through the Immigration and Asylum tribunal system by 500% is yet another step towards putting access to justice beyond the means of those who most need it, warns the Bar Council.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

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Transgender woman facing military service as a man can stay in UK – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2016 in armed forces, asylum, deportation, immigration, news, transsexuals by tracey

‘A transgender woman has been granted sanctuary in the UK to protect her from doing compulsory military service as a man in Singapore. In the first case of its kind, two judges ruled that she should not be forcibly returned to her home country, where she would be forced to do two weeks of military service a year for the next eight years.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2016

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Government defeated again in Lords over child refugees – BBC News

‘The government has been defeated again in the House of Lords over calls to take in child refugees from Europe.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2016

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Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500% – The Guardian

‘Asylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase by more than 500% in order to help pay off the Ministry of Justice’s funding deficit.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

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Home Office ‘shamefully’ used new refugee law to deport 700 secretly – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2016 in asylum, children, deportation, families, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of “shameful” behaviour for using the agreement that allows vulnerable children to seek asylum in the United Kingdom to secretly deport more than 700 people.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2016

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New time limit planned for pregnant women in detention – Home Office

Posted April 21st, 2016 in asylum, bills, detention, immigration, pregnancy, press releases, time limits, women by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has revealed plans to place a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women.’

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Home Office, 18th April 2016

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Theresa May imposes 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in asylum, detention, immigration, news, pregnancy, time limits, women by sally

‘Campaigners have criticised as disappointing the home secretary’s plan to place a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women held at immigration detention centres.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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Theresa May to put 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2016 in asylum, bills, deportation, detention, immigration, news, pregnancy, time limits by sally

‘Theresa May will announce plans to place a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women at immigration centres after the House of Lords voted in favour of an all-out ban.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2016

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Freedom, Asylum Seekers, and Two Lots of European Human Rights – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 18th, 2016 in asylum, deportation, detention, EC law, human rights, news by sally

‘In this post I will set out the facts, give a quick refresher of the relationship between the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Charter). I will conclude with an overview of the decision itself.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th February 2016

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Torture victims face two-year delays in UK asylum claims – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2016 in asylum, delay, news, torture by tracey

‘Torture victims who claim asylum in Britain are facing delays of more than two years before their cases are resolved, according to a report by the official immigration and borders watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2016

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Bisexual asylum seeker wins Home Office fight to remain in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2016 in appeals, asylum, homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘A bisexual asylum seeker who said he feared he would be killed if he was deported to his native Jamaica has been granted the right to remain in the UK after a three-and-a-half-year legal battle with the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2016

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Case against Channel Tunnel walker to go ahead – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in asylum, news, prosecutions, railways by sally

‘Prosecutors are to press ahead with their case against a Sudanese man granted asylum in Britain after walking through the Channel Tunnel from France.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2016

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Refusal and revocation of British citizenship for dishonest conduct – Free Movement

Posted January 20th, 2016 in asylum, citizenship, deceit, fraud, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘In another reminder that British citizenship can be refused on the basis of past dishonest conduct we have the case of R (on the application of Rushiti & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 3931 (Admin). This one dates back a few months but I’m afraid I only just found it in my drafts folder. It involves two linked cases, both of which are further examples of Albanians entering the UK and pretending to be Kosovar, eventually obtaining immigration status then applying for British citizenship.’

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Free Movement, 18th January 2016

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Almost half of asylum seekers unhappy with their lawyers, report finds – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2016 in asylum, complaints, immigration, law firms, legal representation, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Almost half of asylum seekers are not satisfied with the service provided by their lawyers, a report for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2016

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Court of Appeal: immigration age assessments and Merton – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Two recent Court of Appeal cases, heard together, have considered the legality of the immigration detention of those who are, or possibly are, minors. Such cases involve local authority age assessments, which are to be carried out according to the guidance set out in Merton [2003] EWHC 1689 (Admin).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th January 2016

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Home Office loses track of more than 10,000 asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2015 in asylum, enforcement, government departments, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has lost touch with more than 10,000 asylum seekers in Britain and efforts to trace them are considered “a drain on resources”, the official immigration watchdog has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

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Family of hate preacher linked to ‘Jihadi John’ win right to UK citizenship – Daily Telegraph

‘Hani al-Sibai has been on a terror sanctions list since 2005 and resisted deportation to his native Egypt for almost 20 years – but the High Court has ruled his family should be given UK citizenship.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2015

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When to call it a day… – Nearly Legal

Posted December 2nd, 2015 in asylum, health, housing, immigration, judicial review, news, pre-action conduct by sally

‘The risks of a client deciding to go it alone at the last stage of judicial review proceedings.’

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Nearly Legal, 30th November 2015

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New Country Guidance case on Afghan Sikhs – Free Movement

‘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) [2015] UKUT 595 (IAC).’

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Free Movement, 9th November 2015

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Home Office accused of breaking rules on cuffing asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2015 in asylum, detention, health, news, restraint, women by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of breaching its guidelines on handcuffing asylum seekers, which were updated after an elderly man with dementia died while shackled in a detention centre near Heathrow.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2015

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