Windrush report: Suella Braverman scraps three recommendations – BBC News

‘The head of the Windrush inquiry has expressed disappointment after the home secretary confirmed the government was dropping three key commitments made in the wake of the scandal.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2023

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Does a child born to an EU national exercising free movement rights automatically acquire British citizenship? – EIN Blog

Posted January 25th, 2023 in brexit, children, citizenship, EC law, families, freedom of movement, immigration, news by sally

‘On 20 January 2023, Eyre J (“the judge”) handed down judgment in R (Roehrig) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWHC 31 (Admin). The judge dismissed the claim. The challenge raised questions of statutory interpretation of the British Nationality Act 1981 (“the BNA 1981”) and the interrelationship between that statutory scheme and the status of EU nationals exercising free movement rights before Brexit. The judgment is likely to have significant consequences for a cohort of individuals claiming British citizenship on the basis of being born in the UK to EU nationals exercising free movement rights.’

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EIN Blog, 24th January 2023

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Deprivation of British citizenship and withdrawal of passports – House of Commons Library

Posted January 12th, 2023 in citizenship, news, passports, proscribed organisations, terrorism by sally

‘In recent years there has been an increased use of Government powers to deprive people of their British citizenship and withdraw British passport facilities, particularly from those who may be involved in fighting, extremist activity or terrorist training overseas.’

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House of Commons Library, 11th January 2023

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Naturalisation applications by EU citizens and their family – EIN Blog

Posted December 16th, 2022 in brexit, citizenship, EC law, families, immigration, news by tracey

‘For those who have obtained settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK, the next stage is often to naturalise as a British citizen. Many of those who seek to naturalise are nationals of EU countries, or their family members, who began their residence in the UK prior to Brexit and obtained residence rights on that basis. Issues and uncertainties can arise during a naturalisation application which are specific to EU and EEA citizens, and below we take a look at the most common of these.’

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EIN Blog, 13th December 2022

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UK citizenship appeal by Shamima Begum to begin – The Independent

‘Shamima Begum is set to begin her appeal over the removal of her UK citizenship.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2022

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Should Shamima Begum be allowed to return to the UK to argue her case? – The Guardian

‘It is not new – although it is eyecatching – to report that Shamima Begum, then 15, was helped to travel to Syria and join Islamic State by a Canadian agent. Mohammed al-Rashed was picked up by the Turkish authorities in March 2015, and said at the time he was an informant for Canadian intelligence, and had helped Begum travel from Istanbul airport to the Syrian border a few days earlier.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2022

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Windrush man was treated shamefully, appeal judges say – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2022 in appeals, assault, citizenship, colonies, criminal records, immigration, news by sally

‘A man who travelled to Britain in 1960 when he was three, as part of the Windrush generation, was “shamefully treated”, senior judges have said.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2022

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Windrush scandal: Government must publish report institutional racism, lawyer says – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2022 in citizenship, colonies, government departments, immigration, news, racism, reports by sally

‘A lawyer for Windrush victims says the government must publish a report which suggests institutional racism at the Home Office caused the scandal.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2022

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Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report – The Guardian

‘The origins of the Windrush scandal lay in 30 years of racist immigration legislation designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to a leaked government report.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2022

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Dual national Pakistani killer who renounced British citizenship loses deportation battle in Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

‘Zulfiqar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 492 (14 April 2022). In this important judgment on deportation, dual nationality, foreign criminals, executive powers and duties, proportionality, public interest and the right to respect for private and family life, the Court of Appeal has unanimously held that a person’s status as a foreign criminal status within the meaning of section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007 and section 117C of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 has to be determined at the date of the decision to make a deportation order.’

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EIN Blog, 13th 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

How to remove someone’s citizenship and get away with it: Sharmistha Michaels writes for the Solicitors Journal -5 SAH

Posted April 8th, 2022 in bills, chambers articles, citizenship, government departments, news by sally

‘Sharmistha Michaels argues the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill could have severe consequences for citizenship.’

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5SAH, 30th March 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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Immigration DNA testing: supporting an application with DNA evidence – Family Law

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in citizenship, DNA, evidence, families, immigration, news by tracey

‘Casey Randall, Head of DNA at AlphaBiolabs, explores what family law professionals need to know about DNA testing for immigration purposes, including when a client might wish to submit DNA evidence, and which relationship tests are best for immigration applications.’

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Family Law, 18th March 2022

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Lords reject clause in bill criminalising refugees who arrive by irregular route – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2022 in bills, citizenship, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘Boris Johnson’s nationality and borders bill has suffered four defeats in the House of Lords, including the removal of a crucial plank of the government’s immigration strategy that would have criminalised refugees who arrive in the UK through an irregular route.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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Lords criticise plans to remove UK citizenship without warning – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2022 in bills, citizenship, government departments, news, notification by sally

‘Plans to strip people of British citizenship without prior warning are against British values and would render people from ethnic minorities second-class citizens, senior peers have warned.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2022

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British Citizenship: Precious, Costly, and Precarious – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted February 10th, 2022 in bills, citizenship, EC law, fees, news, statutory interpretation, treaties by sally

‘Citizenship still matters; its absence denotes precarity. As Covid19 travel restrictions reminded us, at its international core lies the right to enter one’s country and reside therein. Domestically, in most jurisdictions, citizenship serves as an eligibility criterion for electoral participation; excluded non-citizens have limited capacity to advance their rights through the political process.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 8th February 2022

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Donnchadh Greene and Gabriel Tan: Statutory Interpretation and Citizenship: D4 v SSHD and PRCBC v SSHD – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This piece considers two recent decisions – one by the Court of Appeal (“CA”): D4 v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 33, and the other by the Supreme Court (“SC”): R (The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] UKSC 3 (“PRCBC”). At a general level, the cases raised similar issues: both involved challenges to delegation legislation on grounds that they were ultra vires; both related to citizenship – D4 about its deprivation, PRCBC about its conferral. This piece seeks to draw some threads from the two cases about statutory interpretation and the common law in the context of citizenship.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th February 2022

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Supreme Court throws out legal challenge against £1,012 child citizenship fee – The Independent

‘The Supreme Court has thrown out a legal challenge against the government’s £1,000 child citizenship fee, which campaigners argue many children cannot afford.’

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The Independent, 2nd February 2022

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Nationality and Borders Bill: Why is it causing protests? – BBC news

‘Terrorists, war criminals, spies – that’s who the government says it’s targeting as part of a shake-up of immigration law. Under the Nationality and Borders Bill being debated in the House of Lords, if the British government wants to remove someone’s citizenship it will no longer need to tell them.’

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BBC News, 7th January 2022

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