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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Race Discrimination and Housing in post-Brexit Britain – Cloisters

Posted August 25th, 2016 in harassment, housing, immigration, landlord & tenant, news, race discrimination by sally

‘In this article Catherine Casserley and Tom Gillie consider race discrimination in housing and, in particular, the obligations that landlords have not to discriminate themselves and to take action when their tenants are experiencing discrimination and harassment by other tenants.’

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Cloisters, 22nd August 2016

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The Elements of a Post-Brexit Settlement – Henderson Chambers

Posted August 24th, 2016 in EC law, freedom of movement, immigration, news, referendums by sally

‘It is time to start thinking about the possible elements of a postwithdrawal settlement calculated to ensure a continuing close relationship between the UK and the EU. A solution that caters for the UK’s economic needs ought to be attainable, if it is also designed to play to the country’s particular strengths, which make it a more important partner for the EU than any other European State.’

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Henderson Chambers, 10th August 2016

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Heaven or Hell? Brexit Legal Issues Analysed Through ‘Hotel California’ Lyrics – Littleton Chambers

‘This post sets out some of the legal issues arising after the referendum of 23 June 2016, taking a generous liberty with the interpretation of the lyrics of The Eagles’ song “Hotel California”.’

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Littleton Chambers, 12th August 2016

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Brexit: are EU Citizens in limbo? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in citizenship, EC law, immigration, news, referendums by sally

‘“Brexit means Brexit”, or so says our new Prime Minister. Sadly, it is almost certainly not as simple as that. The UK has voted for Brexit, but which Brexit?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd August 2016

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Two people smugglers jailed – Home Office

Posted August 18th, 2016 in immigration, press releases, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Two people who attempted to smuggle an Albanian man into the UK via the Channel Tunnel have been jailed for a total of 6 years.’

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Home Office, 16th 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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Immigration centre staff told: Put ‘disobedient’ detainees in solitary confinement – even if it could kill them – The Independent

Posted August 4th, 2016 in detention, immigration, news by Mark L

‘People held at Britain’s immigration removal centres can be thrown into solitary confinement against medical advice and held for hours without any explanation, according to new guidance set to be issued to guards by the Home Office.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2016

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Migrant who entered UK illegally raped woman on her morning commute after being allowed to stay – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in assault, immigration, news, rape by tracey

‘A migrant who entered the UK illegally raped a “terrified” woman on her morning commute to work just months after he was allowed to stay.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2016

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Barrister cops double suspension after immigration conviction – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who was convicted last year of practising as an immigration adviser while his registration was suspended, has now been suspended from the Bar as well.’

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legal Futures, 28th July 2016

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Hostile environment – Counsel

‘As the nation grapples with the impact of Brexit on migration, Ronan Toal briefs readers on the major revisions already introduced by the Immigration Act 2016.’

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Counsel, August 2016

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The Treatment of Migrant Workers: A Patchwork of Protection – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2016 in civil justice, employment, immigration, news by sally

‘June was a bumper month in the developing field of claims concerning vulnerable migrant workers who are badly treated by their employers. English law offers a patchwork quilt of contractual and statutory protections. One of the challenges for advisers and representatives is identifying the most appropriate causes of action for the treatment received.’

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Littleton Chambers, 14th July 2016

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