Plight of Afghan judges in spotlight as court hears UK asylum challenge – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, judicial review, judiciary, news by sally

‘Alleged inconsistencies in the way the UK Home Office and Foreign Office process asylum applications from vulnerable judges in hiding in Afghanistan are being challenged at the high court in London on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2022

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Home secretary Priti Patel overrode legal advice in asylum cases, adding to record costs – The Independent

‘Priti Patel has repeatedly overridden Home Office legal advice on immigration and asylum cases, adding to record costs for the taxpayer, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Priti Patel’s Rwanda plan for UK asylum seekers faces its first legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The first legal action has been launched against Priti Patel’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as the UN’s refugee agency raised concerns that the UK is “inviting” other European countries to adopt the same divisive immigration policy.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2022

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Borders Act to overhaul asylum system becomes law – Home Office

Posted April 29th, 2022 in asylum, bills, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The Nationality and Borders Act passed today (Thursday 28 April 2022) will deliver the biggest overhaul of our asylum system in decades.’

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Home Office, 28th April 2022

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UK’s visa schemes ‘creating and heightening’ trafficking and exploitation risks – The Independent

‘The UK’s visa schemes for Ukrainian refugees are “lacking in clarity, resourcing and accountability” and are heightening the risk of trafficking and exploitation, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2022

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Why the UK-Rwanda Asylum Deal Risks Harming Global Standards – EIN Blog

Posted April 25th, 2022 in asylum, bills, government departments, immigration, international law, news by sally

‘Professor Heaven Crawley reflects on the newly announced asylum partnership agreement between the UK and Rwanda and its implications for and ramifications on global standards on refugees and asylum-seekers.’

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EIN Blog, 23rd April 2022

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Outsourcing asylum seekers: the case of Rwanda and the UK – EIN Blog

Posted April 19th, 2022 in asylum, human rights, news, refugees by sally

‘UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on April 14 2022 that Britain would relocate some asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda. The plan was condemned by the opposition as well as human rights groups such as Amnesty International. The UK has settled on Rwanda after earlier reports that it had been considering Albania and Ghana. In the light of the latest developments, Cristiano d’Orsi, an expert on the law and asylum seekers, provides insights into why Rwanda.’

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EIN Blog, 14th April 2022

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Stop matching lone female Ukraine refugees with single men, UK told – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2022 in asylum, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, war, women by tracey

‘UN agency intervenes in wake of claims predatory men using Homes for Ukraine scheme to target vulnerable.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2022

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Nationality and Borders Bill – Mills & Reeve

Posted March 31st, 2022 in asylum, bills, citizenship, news, refugees, treaties by sally

‘The Nationality and Borders Bill sets out the Government’s provisions to overhaul the UK’s asylum system. The Bill has been highly controversial from the outset and was quickly labelled by campaigners as the “Anti-Refugee Bill”. The UN Refugee Agency (“UNHCR”) has also highlighted significant concerns regarding many of the Bill’s provisions.’

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Mills & Reeve, 30th March 2022

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High court hears case of Afghan family unable to get to UK without biometrics – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, news, visas by sally

‘A family in hiding in Afghanistan who are eligible for sanctuary in the UK but are unable to escape because they can’t get biometrics done in their home country have taken their case to the high court.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2022

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UK High Court rules blanket seizure of asylum seekers’ phones breached Article 8 ECHR – EIN Blog

‘On 25 March 2022, the UK High Court ruled that the Home Office acted unlawfully and breached human rights and data protection laws by operating a secret, blanket policy of seizing, retaining and extracting data from the mobile phones of asylum seekers arriving by small boat to UK shores between April and November 2020.’

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EIN Blog, 25th March 2022

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Will The UK Welcome People Fleeing Putin’s War In Ukraine? – Each Other

‘As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, questions rage, alongside the war, about how the UK should protect Ukrainians seeking refuge.’

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Each Other, 1st March 2022

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Vicky Kapogianni: Clause 45 of the Nationality and Borders Bill: A Quasi-Open Window of Access to Justice – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 24th, 2022 in asylum, bills, human rights, judicial review, legal aid, news, refugees by sally

‘Access to justice is a fundamental right in the common law and an essential part of the rule of law. In R v Lord Chancellor Ex Parte Witham, Laws J stated that the common law affords special weight to the right of access to the courts as a constitutional right. Such a constitutional right derives chiefly from two sources, the common law per se and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). One of the major issues, however, for asylum seekers is the fact that the guarantees afforded under Article 6 ECHR, do not apply to asylum decisions. Its wider protection is constrained to the determination of “civil rights and obligations” and the right to asylum is not considered a “civil right” within the context of Article 6 (1) ECHR. Therefore, asylum seekers whose applications for refugee status or humanitarian protection have been unsuccessful, including refugees whose leave to enter or remain has been revoked, are subject to removal under section 10 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th February 2022

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Age assessment and the Kent Intake Unit social worker guidance – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has ruled that the Home Office acted unlawfully in detaining unaccompanied young people for age assessments at a port in Kent. Shu Shin Luh and Antonia Benfield explain why.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th January 2022

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Liverpool bomber papers raise fresh questions for Home Office – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2022 in appeals, asylum, explosives, government departments, immigration, news, terrorism by tracey

‘New details have emerged about the Liverpool bomber Emad Al Swealmeen’s failed asylum attempts – and the false information he used to make his cases.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2022

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Migrants win High Court unlawful age assessment challenge – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, young persons by sally

‘Two migrants have won a High Court battle after complaining about how their ages were assessed when they arrived in the UK.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2022

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Home Office age assessment policy for asylum seekers is unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office’s process for age assessing young asylum seekers when they arrive in the UK has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.’

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The Independent, 19th January 2022

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‘I’m so afraid’: Child refugees forced to share rooms with adults after being wrongly deemed over 18 – The Independent

‘Child refugees are being forced to share rooms and even beds with adults they do not know as increasing numbers are incorrectly placed in accommodation meant for over-18s by the government, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 16th January 2022

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Home Office tells Afghan and Yemeni asylum seekers they can return safely – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has told asylum seekers from some of the world’s biggest conflict zones that it is safe for them to return there, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2022

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