Home Office faces investigation over Windrush scandal from equalities watchdog – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been referred to the equalities watchdog over the Windrush scandal and the wider “hostile environment”. More than 80 MPs from six political parties have called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate whether the department unlawfully discriminated against the Windrush generation and continues to discriminate against ethnic minority Britons as a “direct result” of its immigration policies.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2019

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Ep 76: The university as a cradle for EU citizenship – Cherry James – Law Pod UK

Posted April 30th, 2019 in citizenship, EC law, education, news, universities by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to Cherry James about the Erasmus student programme, the European Commission’s ambitious project for building EU citizenship in higher education.’

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Law Pod UK, 23rd April 2019

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Stephanie Reynolds: Brexit and the (Not Quite) Constitutionalised Status of EU Citizenship – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 24th, 2019 in brexit, citizenship, constitutional law, EC law, news by sally

‘Since its formal introduction in the Maastricht Treaty, EU citizenship has laid claim to a constitutional status. The Union Treaties – long described by the Court of Justice as the EU’s constitutional texts – explicitly confer the status of Union citizenship on all nationals of the Member States. The asserted significance of this was subsequently confirmed in the seminal Grzelczyk judgment, in which the Court famously declared that EU citizenship was ‘destined to be the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States’.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th April 2019

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I’m still at a loss’: Windrush victims who were forced into homelessness and debt due to scandal still living in anguish and destitution a year on – The Independent

‘On 16 April 2018, Amber Rudd – then home secretary – stood up in the House of Commons to formally acknowledge the Windrush scandal for the first time. The treatment of immigrants by her department’s “hostile environment” was appalling, she said, vowing to deal with cases within two weeks and put things right. But exactly one year later, the suffering goes on. Many are yet to receive a response to their application to the taskforce, leaving them in a “state of limbo” with little or no information about how their case is progressing.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2019

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Shamima Begum: IS bride ‘given legal aid’ for citizenship fight – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2019 in citizenship, legal aid, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by michael

‘Legal aid has been granted for Shamima Begum – who joined the Islamic State group aged 15 – to fight the decision to revoke her UK citizenship.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2019

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Windrush: Home Office admits data breach in compensation scheme – BBC News

‘The Home Office has admitted breaching data protection rules when it launched the Windrush compensation scheme.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2019

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Windrush victims’ compensation could prove ‘peanuts’, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2019 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, deportation, immigration, news by tracey

‘The government could end up paying as much as £570m in compensation to people affected by the Windrush scandal, but lawyers warned that the design of the scheme meant individual payouts could prove to be very ungenerous.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2019

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Windrush scandal: ‘No cap’ on compensation claims – BBC News

‘There is “no limit” to the amount of money that could be paid out to victims of the Windrush scandal, the home secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2019

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Shamima Begum family challenge Javid’s citizenship decision – The Guardian

‘The family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2019

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Home Office to amend registration rules for vulnerable EU citizens – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has reached an out-of-court settlement with a charity that had threatened a judicial review over the registration system for EU citizens. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) agreed to drop its application for a judicial review after Sajid Javid’s department made changes to its guidance to caseworkers in relation to vulnerable citizens.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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Shamima Begum: is stripping her of her citizenship the right response? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The fate of Shamima Begum, the British teenager who joined the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) and has asked to return home, has divided opinion.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st March 2019

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Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2019 in children, citizenship, families, Islam, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by sally

‘Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, is to lose her UK citizenship.’

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BBC News, 20th February 2019

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Shamima Begum: The Human Rights Impact Of Making Someone Stateless – Rights Info

Posted February 19th, 2019 in children, citizenship, families, human rights, international law, Islam, news, terrorism, treason by sally

‘Shamima Begum was just 15 when she was radicalised by Isis militants online and smuggled into Syria.’

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Rights Info, 19th February 2019

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Government toughens rules for people seeking citizenship with new English language requirements – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2019 in citizenship, immigration, news, standards by tracey

‘The government has toughened rules for people seeking UK citizenship with new English language requirements.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2019

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Windrush scandal: Eligible victim wrongly denied help – The Indpendent

Posted February 5th, 2019 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, deportation, immigration, news, passports, victims by tracey

‘The lawyer overseeing a compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal has asked for “urgent clarification” after a woman was wrongly refused Home Office help.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2019

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High court orders new inquest into Home Office role in Windrush citizen death – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2019 in citizenship, government departments, immigration, inquests, news by tracey

‘The high court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a Windrush citizen after the original coroner failed to consider the impact of the Home Office’s “hostile environment” policy on his health.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2019

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Police officers can do anything that a citizen can – UK Police Law Blog

Posted January 9th, 2019 in citizenship, EC law, immigration, news, police by sally

‘The case of R (Application of the Centre for Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) and (1) Sec State Home Dept (2) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWCA 2837 (Civ) holds that police officers have the power to do anything that an ordinary citizen can do.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 3rd January 2019

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Windrush hardship fund to offer sums of up to £5,000 to victims – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, news by sally

‘The government has announced a hardship fund to provide up to £5,000 to members of the Windrush generation who were wrongly targeted by the hostile environment policy and left destitute, following months of pressure from MPs and campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2018

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‘What if they arrest me?’: the legal teams saving people from unfair deportation – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2018 in charities, citizenship, deportation, immigration, legal services, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Hundreds have benefited from a free legal service – but caseworkers are having to turn down clients as demand surges.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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High court rejects challenge to ‘hostile environment’ NHS charge – The Guardian

‘A judge has rejected a challenge by a member of the Windrush generation to the government requirement for the NHS to charge overseas patients for treatment.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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