MPs launch inquiry seeking public views on immigration – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2016 in immigration, inquiries, news, select committees by tracey

‘A committee of MPs has announced a new and far-reaching inquiry into the public’s view on immigration in the wake of Brexit, in which members will tour the country to seek views directly from the people affected.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2016

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Home Office ordered to review policy on torture survivors – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of asylum seekers who are detained in UK immigration centres could be released after a high court judge ordered the government to review its policy on incarcerated torture survivors.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Hospitals may require patients to show passports for NHS treatment – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in health, hospitals, identification, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘Patients could be told to bring two forms of identification including a passport to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment under new rules to stop so-called health tourism.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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What it’s like living with a curfew – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in detention, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office has been forced to review curfews imposed on people after they leave immigration detention centres, a BBC investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

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Unlawful immigration curfews under government review – BBC News

Posted November 4th, 2016 in detention, immigration, ministers' powers and duties, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has been forced to review curfews imposed on people after they leave immigration detention centres, a BBC investigation has found. It comes after the Court of Appeal ruled in March that it had imposed the curfews unlawfully.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

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Man convicted of aiding illegal entry into the UK – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A 31-year-old man has been jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to arranging the illegal entry into the United Kingdom of two Iraqi nationals from France.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd November 2016

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Alison Young: Towards an Expository Justice Approach to Human Rights Adjudication? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The recent Supreme Court Case of R (Johnson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2016] UKSC 56, appears at first glance to be a straightforward human rights claim. Lady Hale, giving the agreed judgment of the court, concluded that Johnson’s Convention rights had been breached. Because of the specific nature of the challenge brought by Johnson, the breach of his Convention rights could be remedied by quashing a decision of the Home Secretary. However, Lady Hale then went on to discuss whether a declaration of incompatibility should still be made, concluding that paragraph 70 of Schedule 9 of the Immigration Act 2014 was incompatible with Convention rights, and therefore ‘[t]he court will make a declaration to that effect, although it is not necessary to do so in order to dispose of this case.’ This calls into the question the nature and role of human rights adjudication: should courts merely provide remedies for those whose rights have been infringed, or should they also prompt action to remedy potential infringements of rights, or both?’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th October 2016

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Government forced to pay out £14m to hundreds wrongly imprisoned under immigration powers – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2016 in compensation, immigration, imprisonment, news by sally

‘The Government has been forced to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to innocent people who were illegally locked up in Britain under immigration powers, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2016

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Driving licences wrongly revoked under May’s immigration measures – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2016 in driving licences, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘Hundreds of people have been wrongly refused bank accounts or had their driving licences revoked under the former home secretary Theresa May’s measures to “create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants”, the immigration watchdog has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2016

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Homeless eligibility amends and deposit discretions – Nearly Legal

‘The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 have (finally) been made to come into force on 30 October 2016. These sort out the anomaly highlighted in Romans v Southwark LBC and SSDCLG and Alabi v SSDCLG about those with leave to remain granted under Appendix FM. Their eligibility for housing and homeless assistance is confirmed. A number of appeals have been stayed pending the regulations, which should now be resolved.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd October 2016

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No finding of discrimination for British Gurkha pension scheme – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 30th, 2016 in Gurkhas, human rights, immigration, news, pensions, race discrimination by tracey

‘British Gurkha Welfare Society and others v. The United Kingdom, Application no. 44818/11. The Court has rejected claims that the cut-off scheme for British Gurkha pensions was in violation of Article 14 in conjunction with Article 1 of Protocol 1, but leaves open space for future proceedings.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th September 2016

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First the UK deports people, then it denies them justice – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2016 in appeals, civil justice, deportation, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘From Jamaica to Albania, the victims of Britain’s mass deportations are dumped destitute – and, as the Home Office is aware, usually unable to exercise their right to an ‘out-of-country appeal’.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2016

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Return of passport by Home Office to sit Secure English Language Test – Free Movement

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in examinations, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘The Home Office has confirmed that where it holds the passport of a migrant who wishes to sit the Secure English Language Test (SELT) it will either return the passport to enable the migrant to sit the SELT or will confirm directly with the SELT centre that the passport is held and is genuine.’

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Free Movement, 23rd September 2016

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Senior judge questions policy of removing court funding while raising fees – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in asylum, costs, fees, immigration, judges, news by tracey

‘Lord Justice Jackson, the senior judge who shaped key legal reforms, has questioned the government’s policy of imposing steep rises in fees while withdrawing public funding of the court system. In a detailed legal work, entitled The Reform of Civil Litigation, the appeal court judge added his voice to the chorus of criticism from human rights groups and lawyers’ representative bodies who argue that the rises put access to justice beyond the reach of many citizens.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Asylum seeker allowed to remain in Britain after plea by MP is finally facing deportation after being jailed for sex attack – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2016 in asylum, crime, deportation, immigration, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘An asylum seeker who was allowed to remain in Britain after an MP campaigned for him to stay is finally facing deportation after being jailed for a sex attack.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

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Men sentenced over illegal supply of migrant workers in East Anglia – The Guardian

‘Two brothers who acted as illegal gangmasters in Wisbech have been given two-year prison sentences suspended for two years at Cambridge crown court.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2016

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Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state – Daily Telegraph

‘An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a senior Old Bailey judge warns. His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called “troubling”, while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with young Islamist terrorists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2016

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Home Office imposes illegal working fines of £14 million on small businesses in 3 month period – Free Movement

Posted September 6th, 2016 in employment, fines, immigration, news, small businesses by sally

‘The Home Office has imposed fines on small businesses for employing illegal workers of over £14 million in just a three month period. The period covered is January to March 2016. The list of businesses targeted by officials appears to include mainly small ethnic minority shops and takeaways. It is unknown how many of those businesses were forced to close as a result.’

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Free Movement, 6th September 2016

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No 10 rules out points-based immigration system for Britain – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in EC law, immigration, news, referendums by sally

‘Downing Street has ruled out a points-based immigration system promised by the official Brexit campaign but insisted Theresa May would put forward a better way of controlling arrivals to the UK.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Bitter taste for Byron staff – how to handle the immigration obligations – Cloisters

Posted August 25th, 2016 in contract of employment, employment, immigration, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Last week Byron, the upmarket burger chain called their employees into a meeting, which was cast as a meeting to teach them how to cook burgers. Immigration officers turned up to this (allegedly) stooge meeting (the employees were not there to learn how to cook burgers, but apparently to be investigated by the Immigration Service). Immigration detained and removed a number of employees – whom it turns out had been working on illegal passports and visas. It was reported that some of the employees were deported from the UK that evening, without the opportunity to say their goodbyes to family or colleagues.’

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Cloisters, 17th August 2016

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