Home Office to reopen immigration detention centres with £399m deal – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2022 in asylum, detention, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office plans to open two immigration detention centres to detain 1,000 male asylum seekers in a scheme which is projected to cost £399m.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 2022

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Home Office Refused to House Mum of Two Who Was Denied Baby Food – Each Other

Posted September 22nd, 2022 in asylum, children, food, government departments, housing, human rights, judicial review, news by sally

‘The High Court has granted permission to proceed with a challenge to an undisclosed Home Office policy which states that asylum seekers can only be dispersed from temporary hotel accommodation on an “expedited” basis if there are “exceptional circumstances”.’

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Each Other, 22nd September 2022

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Local authority duties towards unaccompanied asylum seeking children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 12th, 2022 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘Bronwen Jones and Samina Iqbal of Goldsmith Chambers provide comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the duties of local authorities towards asylum-seeking children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th September 2022

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Liz Truss: The New Prime Minister’s Human Rights Record – Each Other

‘Liz Truss has just been voted by Conservative peers and members to be the next prime minister. The former secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs has a track record of voting against human rights progression in the UK and as prime minister will be involved in policy decisions that will radically change rights protections. The first targets? Replacing the Human Rights Act (HRA) with a Bill of Rights and potentially withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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Each Other, 5th September 2022

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Needs, not wishes – Housing Needs Assessments and Personal Housing Plans – Nearly Legal

Posted September 5th, 2022 in asylum, homelessness, housing, immigration, judicial review, local government, news, refugees by tracey

‘ZK, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Havering (2022) EWHC 1854 (Admin). This was a judicial review of what was claimed to be Havering’s failure to provide a lawful housing needs assessment and personal housing plan for Mr ZK, under section 189A Housing Act 1996.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th September 2022

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High Court challenge over Rwanda policy due to start – The Independent

‘A High Court challenge against the Government’s plan to deport some asylum seekers to Rwanda is set to begin.’

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The Independent, 5th September 2022

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Local authority age assessments considered in R (HAM) v Brent LBC – EIN Blog

Posted September 2nd, 2022 in asylum, children, immigration, judicial review, local government, news, young persons by tracey

‘This decision, handed down by Swift J in the High Court, concerns the requirements for fairness in local authority age assessments for asylum seekers and the correct approach to be adopted.’

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EIN Blog, 1st September 2022

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Rwanda flight migrants include torture victims, say doctors – BBC News

‘A detailed clinical review of the backgrounds of asylum seekers likely to be sent to Rwanda has found many may have been tortured.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2022

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Immigrants And Asylum Seekers Locked In Cells For Up To 24 hrs Without Legal Representation – Each Other

Posted August 31st, 2022 in asylum, detention, immigration, legal representation, news, prisons by sally

‘People held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) have long been entitled to 30 minutes of free immigration legal advice but this does not extend to people held under the immigration act in prisons.’

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Each Other, 30th August 2022

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Rwanda asylum deal not legally binding: Law Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 30th, 2022 in asylum, foreign jurisdictions, human rights, Law Society, news by tracey

‘The UK “asylum partnership” with Rwanda is not legally binding, has not been scrutinised by parliament and does not protect the rights of asylum-seekers, the Law Society has said in evidence to the House of Lords on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the provision of an asylum arrangement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th August 2022

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Only 21 foreign nationals removed from UK under post-Brexit asylum rules – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2022 in asylum, brexit, deportation, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘Only 21 foreign nationals have been removed from the UK under post-Brexit “inadmissibility” rules on asylum, Home Office figures show.’

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BBC News, 25th August 2022

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Upper Tribunal Rejects Points-Based Approach to Article 8 Proportionality Assessment – EIN Blog

‘Immigration judges often need to conduct a balancing exercise to assess where to strike the balance between an individual’s Article 8 right to respect for private and family life and the public interest in maintaining effective immigration control by removing a foreign national to their country of origin.’

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EIN Blog, 23rd August 2022

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Local authority age assessments considered in R (HAM) v Brent LBC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 23rd, 2022 in asylum, children, human rights, immigration, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘This decision, handed down by Swift J in the High Court, concerns the requirements for fairness in local authority age assessments for asylum seekers and the correct approach to be adopted.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd August 2022

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Rwanda asylum plan: UK ministers partially lose Rwanda secrecy bid – BBC News

‘Ministers have partially lost an attempt to keep secret a series of comments about Rwanda from an adviser.’

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BBC News, 17th August 2022

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High Court judge issues ruling on fairness of age assessment procedure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘The High Court has found against the London Borough of Brent in a case concerning the age of an asylum seeker even though Mr Justice Swift said the council’s conduct was “not an error of the most serious nature”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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Asylum seekers in UK waiting more than six months for decision must be allowed to work, UN says – The Independent

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, delay, employment, forced labour, government departments, immigration, news by tracey

‘The government must allow the 70,000 asylum seekers waiting more than six months for a decision to work to stop them from being exploited and drawn into modern slavery, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2022

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Home Office paid out £70m in compensation and legal costs last year – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, compensation, costs, detention, government departments, immigration, news, victims by tracey

‘£25.1m was handed out to Windrush scandal victims and £12.7m to people wrongfully detained in immigration centres.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2022

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UK’s ‘quick-fix’ asylum policies criticised in damning MPs’ report – The Guardian

‘Headline grabbing policies such as sending asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their claims processed are failing to halt Channel crossings, which could double by the end of this year, according to a parliamentary report. The home affairs select committee has published a damning and wide ranging report into the failures of Home Office asylum policies, including stopping refugees from crossing the Channel in small boats.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2022

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Another blow to Home Office as Rwanda asylum seekers not tagged on release from detention – The Independent

Posted July 12th, 2022 in asylum, bail, detention, electronic monitoring, news by tracey

‘Ministers accused of piloting “unworkable” tagging policy on basis of “cruel and unnecessary political posturing.”‘

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The Independent, 11th July 2022

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Row over UK child visas as Ukrainian violinist’s three-month wait continues – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, visas, war by tracey

‘A talented 17-year-old violinist living on the frontline in south-east Ukraine has been left waiting three months for a British visa, revealing serious flaws in government promises to help unaccompanied children.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2022

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