How to tell a shining knight of a lawyer from an ambulance chaser? – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in armed forces, asylum, law firms, legal aid, news, public interest by sally

‘The question takes us straight to this week’s reported news that Phil Shiner’s Public Interest Lawyers is having to close.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2016

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Eritrean asylum seeker wins age assessment case in High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 17th, 2016 in asylum, children, news by sally

‘Leicestershire social workers incorrectly assessed an Eritrean asylum seeker as an adult when he was in fact still a minor, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2016

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Escaping “the jungle” must be done in an orderly manner – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 9th, 2016 in appeals, asylum, children, human rights, news, proportionality by sally

‘Four asylum seekers, namely three unaccompanied minors and one disabled adult, were in “the jungle” – the (increasingly permanent) temporary refugee and migrant camp in Calais – since October 2015. Having fled from war-torn Syria, they were trying to join their siblings in the UK. The problem was that the French system for processing asylum claims under EU rules would involve considerable delays and the evidence showed that the conditions in the camp were wholly inadequate: these children experienced physical violence and their medical needs were unmet. So they ignored the EU rules and issued a claim in the UK.’

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UK Human Right Blog, 8th August 2016

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New Home Office API on Gay Asylum Claims: Not Fit For Purpose – Free Movement

‘The new Asylum Policy Instruction on Sexual Orientation Issues in the Asylum Claim, published last Wednesday, marks an unwelcome retrograde step for the Home Office, which still continues to apply the ‘voluntary discretion test’ to gay asylum claims, even though this has been held to be unlawful, as a matter of EU law, since July 2015. Having made positive strides with respect to the quality of decision-making since the public outcry over the sexually explicit methods of questioning gay asylum seekers in February 2014, in August 2016 this API will lead to sub-standard and unlawful decisions by the Home Office, and arguably Courts and Tribunals who rely on the API, leading to devastating outcomes to those returned to countries where they will suffer persecution.’

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Free Movement, 8th August 2016

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Home Office wins Syrian refugee appeal in Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2016 in appeals, asylum, children, EC law, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has won an appeal against a landmark ruling allowing four Syrian refugees living in Calais’ so-called Jungle camp to come to Britain.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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Former British judo champion jailed for attempting to smuggle Albanian asylum seekers into UK – The Independent

Posted July 29th, 2016 in asylum, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A former judo champion who represented Great Britain has been jailed for attempting to smuggle Albanian migrants into the UK.’

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The Independent, 29th July 2016

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Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, immigration, news, refugees, reports, select committees by sally

‘The UK is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, dismissing them as “somebody else’s problem”, a report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Should asylum seekers take action to avoid persecution on the ground of political opinion incorrectly attributed to them? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal dismissed the Secretary of State’s appeal challenging the Upper Tribunal’s decision that MSM would have been at risk on return to Somalia on the ground of political opinion. Exceptionally, the court went on to consider the modification of conduct issue in relation to imputed political opinion on an obiter basis, which gave rise to interesting analysis.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2016

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Council uses Article 4 direction to evict Asylum seekers in HMO – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in asylum, housing, local government, news by sally

‘The London Borough of Bexley has ended the unlawful use of a house by a Home Office approved accommodation provider dealing with asylum seekers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th July 2016

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The Human Right Not To Hide. Celebrating The Anniversary Of A Landmark LGBTQ Case – RightsInfo

‘Six years ago tomorrow [7 July], the UK Supreme Court said that gay people should not have to hide their sexuality in order to avoid persecution in their home country.’

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RightsInfo, 6th July 2016

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We Need To Talk About…Abu Qatada – RightsInfo

‘In the first of an occasional series, we discuss a controversial human rights case and argue that there is another side to the way the case was reported.’

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RightsInfo, 7th July 2016

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How Abdul Haroun was prosecuted despite rules to protect refugees – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in asylum, news, prosecutions, railways, refugees, sentencing by sally

‘Abdul Haroun’s case for asylum was seemingly deemed so overwhelming that within 24 hours of being interviewed by Home Office officials he was granted it.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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What is the legal meaning of “refugee”? – Free Movement

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in asylum, freedom of movement, immigration, news, refugees, treaties by sally

‘This week is Refugee Week. The Free Movement blog is about communicating complex legal issues in immigration and asylum law in a clear way and I thought it would be a good time to put together a short blog post explaining what a refugee actually is in legal terms and to collect together some of our previous blog posts about asylum issues. I hope you find it useful and interesting!’

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Free Movement, 22nd June 2016

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Myth buster: memories of trauma are engraved on the brain – Free Movement

Posted June 22nd, 2016 in asylum, immigration, mental health, news, psychiatric damage, refugees by sally

‘We tend to believe that the more important an experience, the more likely it is that it will be “engraved” on the brain. In the asylum system, this is maintained by decision makers who maintain the belief that a genuine victim of trauma will be particularly able to recall the traumatic event.’

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Free Movement, 21st June 2016

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Home Office loses test case on asylum seekers ‘who look 18 or older’ – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, evidence, immigration, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘A test case judgment has been handed down in the high court preventing the Home Office from detaining child asylum seekers just because officials think they look 18 or older.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2016

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Employment tribunal fees ‘will deny workers justice’ – The Independent

‘Workers unfairly dismissed by their employers are being denied access to justice because of new Government court fees, a cross party committee of MPs has warned. Since the new employment tribunal fees were introduced in 2013 there has been a “precipitate drop” of almost 70 per cent in the number of cases being brought, the Commons Justice committee said. It can now cost as much as £1,200 simply to bring a claim.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2016

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For child asylum seekers turning 18 is a time of fear not celebration – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2016 in asylum, care orders, children, immigration, local government, news by sally

‘When unaccompanied asylum-seeking children turn 18 their support can be completely cut off – no matter how long they have been in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2016

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Families separated for immigration purposes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2016

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Home Office refuses to reveal whether women in Yarl’s Wood have been raped in case it ‘damages the commercial interests’ of companies – The Independent

‘Last year, the chief prisons inspector called Yarl’s Wood ‘a place of national concern’ following concerns over alleged sexual abuse and intimidation of women detained there.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2016

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Immigration advisers using McKenzie Friend status “to dodge regulation” – Legal Futures

‘People are avoiding regulation as immigration advisers by “purportedly acting as McKenzie Friends”, the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2016

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