Government austerity policy a breach of international human rights, says UN report- The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2016 in human rights, immigration, news, reports, taxation, United Nations by tracey

‘The British Government’s austerity policies are a breach of international human rights, a new report by the UN has warned.’

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The Independent, 29th June 2016

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‘Borderline’ civil cases no longer eligible for legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Legal aid will no longer be made available for cases with poor or borderline prospects of success that may have received funding, the government has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th 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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The Right to Rent and The Immigration Act 2016 – LAG Housing Law

‘In this post Alice Richardson considers the Immigration Act 2016 as it relates to possession proceedings and eviction.’

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LAG Housing Law, 21st 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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EU court rejects child benefits challenge – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2016 in benefits, children, EC law, immigration, news, social services, tax credits by sally

‘A challenge to the UK’s right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges.’

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BBC News, 15th 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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Migrants from UK urged to give evidence to child abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2016 in child abuse, immigration, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Men and women transported to Australia and Canada after being sexually and physically abused as children in the UK are being encouraged to give evidence to Britain’s public inquiry into historic and ongoing child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 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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EU Court rules no jail for illegal migrants – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2016 in deportation, detention, EC law, immigration, news, time limits by sally

‘Non-EU migrants illegally entering an EU state in the Schengen zone should not face detention on those grounds, says the European Court of Justice.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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New immigration requirements will impose ‘very heavy burdens’ on licensing authorities, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 6th, 2016 in employment, immigration, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘Local licensing authorities will face substantial administrative burdens once new immigration laws come into force, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th June 2016

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Home Office unlawfully imposes curfew on migrant – Free Movement

Posted June 6th, 2016 in appeals, bail, deportation, immigration, news, tribunals by sally

‘Gedi, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 409 (17 May 2016) is a case where the Home Office took it into their own hands to impose curfew restrictions over and above bail conditions those imposed by the First Tier Tribunal, as well as those they are entitled to impose as afforded to the Home Office by statute. The Court of Appeal were clear they had no such power to do so.’

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Free Movement, 6th June 2016

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Baby relinquished for adoption – case management – Park Square Barristers

‘How should a local authority approach a case where a baby is relinquished for adoption at birth by parents whose home country is not (or not necessarily) the United Kingdom and his or her parents do not seek to contest an adoption in the UK? This was a very interesting case in which William Tyler QC of Park Square Barristers represented the Local Authority.’

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Park Square Barristers, 1st June 2016

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The Immigration Act 2016 In Plain English – RightsInfo

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in human rights, immigration, legislation, news by sally

‘On 12 May 2016, the Immigration Act 2016 came into force, making it officially UK law. The Act focusses on illegal migration and punitive measures for those who don’t “play by the rules”. It’s a massive new law and brings with it major revisions of the immigration system. Here are the key changes in plain-English.’

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RightsInfo, 31st May 2016

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UK Border Force given new powers to protect coast – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in asylum, immigration, news, ships by sally

‘New powers for Border Force officers to board boats and arrest anyone they suspect of attempting a clandestine entry to Britain have come into force as part of a package of measures ordered earlier this year by the home secretary, Theresa May.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2016

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Court battle over six-year-old boy missing in Afghanistan – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 31st, 2016 in Afghanistan, children, immigration, news, residence orders by tracey

‘A six-year-old boy who was born in Afghanistan and is never thought to have set foot in Britain is at the centre of a taxpayer-funded family court dispute between his separated Afghan parents.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2016

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