Vulnerable victims of violence ‘at risk’ over funding uncertainty – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in bills, budgets, news, refugees, victims, violence, women by sally

‘The most vulnerable victims of violent crimes, including abused women and refugees, are being put at a greater risk over uncertainty in funding to frontline services, officials have warned in a letter to the government. Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) from across England have called on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide urgent clarification of the grants available to victims’ services.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2016

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Part 6 of the Immigration Bill – Free Movement

‘The second reading of the Immigration Bill in the House of Commons is today. We have seen how even more appeals will be out of country under its regime, and the greater powers given to immigration officers under Part 3. Part 6 – including Schedules 7 and 8 – offers a mix of provisions, including ensuring the UK complies with international law on blacklisted persons and introduces civil penalties for aircraft and airport managers if they do not ensure people go through control zones. The final section gives a raft of new powers to immigration officers (where have we seen that before?), this time to intercept and detain boats suspected of carrying undocumented migrants, and to arrest anyone suspected of facilitating illegal migration in to the UK.’

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Free Movement, 13th October 2015

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Conservatives’ asylum policy on Syria criticised as ‘too low, too slow, too narrow’ – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2015 in asylum, human rights, immigration, legal profession, news, political parties, refugees by tracey

‘The government’s offer to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years is far “too low, too slow and too narrow”, according to a statement published by 300 senior lawyers, former law lords and retired judges.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2015

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UN torture investigator says UK plan to scrap Human Rights Act is ‘dangerous’ – The Guardian

‘The UN special rapporteur on torture has accused David Cameron of a “cold-hearted ” approach to the migration crisis, warning that plans to scrap the Human Rights Act risk subverting international obligations designed to protect people fleeing persecution.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2015

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July 2015 immigration update podcast – Free Movement

‘Welcome to the July 2015 edition of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. In this episode I start by talk about Sir Nicholas Winton then move on to discuss the huge delays in appeal hearing listings and some other tribunal news, cover some immigration rule issues including a brief overview of Statement of Changes HC 297 and then move onto a number of cases, including a review of Article 8 case law and some of the more interesting recent offerings from the tribunal. The material is drawn mainly from the July blog posts on Free Movement.’

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Free Movement, 7th September 2015

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Yarl’s Wood conditions deteriorated so much women are being treated like ‘animals’ – The Independent

‘Conditions at a privately run immigration removal centre have “deteriorated” over the past year to the extent that almost half of the women held there fear for their safety, according to a damning report published by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2015

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UK prisons inspector seeks time limits on detention of migrants without trial – The Guardian

‘The chief prisons inspector has called for time limits on the detention of migrants without trial after fresh warnings of a significant deterioration in conditions at an immigration removal centre for women.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2015

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Why do the “migrants” in Calais want to come to the UK? – Free Movement

Posted July 31st, 2015 in asylum, immigration, media, news, refugees, statistics by sally

‘”Cockroaches” according to Katie Hopkins. A “swarm” according to our likeminded Prime Minister, David Cameron, and The Daily Mail (again). An “army” according to the popular press, who seem to think we should literally send troops into France (without asking the French, we can assume) to hold the thin red line. “Migrants” to others. Why never “refugees”, though, which is what most of them are? What do we know about who these people are — brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and children, all of them — and why they want to come to the UK?’

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Free Movement, 31st July 2015

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UK’s ‘structurally unfair’ asylum appeals process suspended by court after legal challenge – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, charities, detention, news, refugees by sally

‘A court has suspended the UK’s fast-track asylum appeals system after a legal challenge by a charity that says it is “structurally unfair”.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Home secretary hardens refusal to accept EU resettlement programme – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2015 in EC law, immigration, news, quotas, refugees by tracey

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, has hardened Britain’s refusal to accept a mandatory European Union refugee quota system being put forward in Brussels this week in response to the Mediterranean migrant boat crisis.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2015

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UK rule change dilemma for Eritreans – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2015 in asylum, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The number of Eritrean refugees arriving in the UK doubled last year to become the highest total from any single country. But could new Home Office guidance mean many others are refused asylum?’

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BBC News, 24th April 2015

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Backdating welfare benefits payments to those recognised as refugees in the UK – Free Movement

Posted March 12th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, benefits, news, refugees, social security, tribunals by sally

‘In Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 141 the Court of Appeal considered whether the UK Government is in breach of its international obligations towards refugees because of the lack of any provision to make back-payments of welfare benefits to those asylum seekers who, upon inquiry, are found to be refugees.’

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Free Movement, 12th March 2015

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Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 141; [2015] WLR (D) 96

‘The Government was not obliged to make lump sum payments to successful applicants for asylum representing the difference between the support they received while their application was being processed and mainstream benefits.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2015

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‘What crime have I committed to be held like this?’: inside Yarl’s Wood – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2015 in asylum, attempts, detention, elderly, immigration, inquiries, news, refugees, suicide, women by sally

‘Migrants and asylum seekers can be locked up at the high-security detention centre indefinitely. Reports of abuse, self-harm and suicide are rife. Now MPs are calling for an end to the ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust’ system. In a rare report, inmates describe their misery.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Good character citizenship criteria quietly tightened up – Free Movement

Posted January 9th, 2015 in citizenship, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The Home Office has quietly tightened up the criteria for granting British citizenship under the good character test. This had passed me by so I thought it useful to flag up – and many thanks to Alex Moran for point it out. A number of undesirable behaviours have been added to the list of disqualifying behaviour, including illegal entry, assisting illegal migration and evasion of immigration control. The changes seem to have been made on 11 December 2014. The previous version of the guidance can be seen here and the new version here.’

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Free Movement, 8th January 2015

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An immigration lawyer reviews Paddington – Free Movement

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in asylum, crime, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘Law is pretty abstract. Unlike the role of a doctor or a builder, that of a lawyer is difficult to explain to a young mind. When my children eventually ask me about what I do when I “work” (confusingly simultaneously a place I seem to go to and a thing I do at home; either takes me away from them) my plan is to explain that I help strangers from far off places find new homes. Like Paddington Bear.’

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Free Movement, 1st December 2014

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Exceptional cases: High Court widens scope of LASPO and declares guidance unlawful – Legal Aid Handbook

‘The High Court recently gave judgement in Gudanaviciene & Ors v Director of Legal Aid Casework & Anor [2014] EWHC 1840 (Admin).’

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Legal Aid Handbook, 1st July 2014

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MP (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Tamils against Genocide intervening): NT (Sri Lanka) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted June 20th, 2014 in asylum, law reports, refugees, Sri Lanka by tracey

MP (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Tamils against Genocide intervening): NT (Sri Lanka) v Same: [2014] EWCA Civ 829; [2014] WLR (D) 268

‘When formulating country guidance for Sri Lanka in relation to individuals likely to be in need of international refugee protection the Upper Tribunal had been justified in departing from the more generous UNHCR Guidelines in setting out what the risk categories were.’

WLR Daily, 18th June 2014

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Regina (EM (Eritrea)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (United Nations High Commissioner for; Refugees intervening); Regina (EH (Iran)) v Same; Regina (AE (Eritrea)) v Same; Regina (MA (Eritrea)) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted February 25th, 2014 in appeals, asylum, EC law, human rights, international law, law reports, refugees by sally

Regina (EM (Eritrea)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (United Nations High Commissioner for; Refugees intervening); Regina (EH (Iran)) v Same; Regina (AE (Eritrea)) v Same; Regina (MA (Eritrea)) v Same [2014] UKSC 12; [2014] WLR (D) 89

‘A presumption that members of an alliance of states such as those which comprised the European Union would comply with their international obligations in regard to refugee protection did not extinguish the need to examine whether in fact those obligations would be fulfilled when evidence was presented that it was unlikely that they would be. The removal of a person from a member state of the European Union was forbidden if it were shown that there was a real risk that the person removed would suffer inhuman or degrading treatment in violation of article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It did not need to be shown that the source of that risk was a systemic deficiency in the asylum and reception procedures of the state to which the person was being removed.’

WLR Daily, 19th February 2014

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IA (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted January 31st, 2014 in asylum, burden of proof, law reports, refugees, Scotland, treaties, United Nations by sally

IA (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees intervening) [2014] UKSC 6; [2014] WLR (D) 36

‘National decision-makers had an independent and autonomous responsibility under the Convention and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) (Cmd 9171) and (1967) (Cmnd 3906) to determine the applications of those who had applied for asylum. An earlier decision of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) to grant refugee status was not binding on the national decision-maker, nor did it create any presumption or shift the burden of proof.’

WLR Daily, 29th January 2014

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