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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‘No deal’ Brexit EU citizens’ rights plans published – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 11th, 2018 in brexit, citizenship, employment, immigration, news by sally

‘Only European Economic Area (EEA) citizens already resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 would be entitled to apply for the UK’s settlement scheme in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, according to a new policy paper published by the government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th December 2018

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Brexit and EU citizens – latest developments – Technology Law Update

Posted December 11th, 2018 in brexit, citizenship, EC law, immigration, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Ahead of the planned parliamentary vote on the UK / EU Withdrawal Agreement, many EU nationals remain concerned about their future status in the UK, particularly in the event of a no-deal Brexit. So what do we know at this stage?’

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Technology Law Update, 10th December 2018

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Investor visa scheme halted in money laundering crackdown – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2018 in citizenship, immigration, money laundering, news, visas by sally

‘Ministers are halting a “gold-plated” visa scheme offering foreign investors a fast-track to settling in the UK, as part of a crackdown on financial crime.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2018

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Windrush: ‘Home Office ignored warnings’ – BBC News

‘Home Office processes led to wrongful detentions and deportations of members of the Windrush generation, says a National Audit Office report.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2018

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Home Office admits it has made no attempt to inform Commonwealth deportees about Windrush taskforce – The Independent

‘The Home Office has made no attempt to inform people deported to Commonwealth countries that the Windrush taskforce exists, prompting concerns that people who were wrongly removed do not know they can have their cases looked into.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Home Office to be challenged in High Court over ‘shameless’ fee for UK-born children to become British citizens – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2018 in children, citizenship, fees, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Government fees of more than £1,000 for UK-born children to register as British citizens are to be challenged in the High Court, after campaigners won permission to apply for judicial review.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Windrush: 11 people wrongly deported from UK have died – Javid – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, deportation, immigration, news, statistics, victims by sally

‘Eight more members of the Windrush generation who may have been wrongly deported by UK authorities have been found to have died, taking the total to at least 11, the home secretary has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2018

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Citizens from more than 60 countries referred to Windrush taskforce – The Independent

Posted November 8th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, deportation, immigration, news, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Citizens from more than 60 countries have been referred to the Windrush taskforce investigating mistreatment of immigrants who have lived in Britain for decades. Legal experts warned a “huge part of the iceberg remains under the surface” after the Home Office revealed 64 nationalities may have been affected by the Windrush crisis, despite the focus being on Caribbean immigrants.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2018

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Remembering Louis Blom-Cooper, A Human Rights Champion – Rights Info

‘Lawyer and human rights champion Sir Louis Blom-Cooper passed away in London, aged 92, on September 19, 2018. Here are some of the ways in which Blom-Cooper blazed a trail for human rights.’

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Rights Info, 2nd October 2018

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UK threatens to deport grandchildren of evicted Chagossians – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in bills, Chagos Islands, citizenship, deportation, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office is threatening to deport a teenage granddaughter of a former Chagos Islander, even though her mother holds British citizenship.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Windrush generation: Formal apology for 18 people – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, detention, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘Eighteen members of the Windrush generation who could have been wrongfully removed or detained are to get a formal apology.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2018

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Rochdale grooming gang members face deportation after losing appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 9th, 2018 in child abuse, citizenship, deportation, news, sexual grooming by tracey

‘Three members of the Rochdale grooming gang have been stripped of their British citizenship and face deportation as a Judge said it is for the “public good” that they return to Pakistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2018

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In praise of the 1961 Statelessness Convention – by Alison Harvey – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in citizenship, immigration, news, refugees, treaties by sally

‘It is a lot better to have a stateless person’s travel document than to be undocumented. A lot better to have leave as a stateless person than none. But a stateless person with a travel document and leave is still stateless. The 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons is familiar because of its close resemblance to the 1951 Refugee Convention and, perhaps because of this, it is easy for it to dominate discussions. But the big prizes are to be had in implementing the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, in prevention and reduction of statelessness.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 27th July 2018

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Windrush scandal: Compensation could be capped under proposed scheme – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, news by tracey

‘Compensation promised to the victims of the Windrush scandal could be capped under government proposals. Launching a 12-week consultation on a compensation scheme, the Home Office said a cap would ensure no-one got a “disproportionately high payment”.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2018

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Windrush lessons learned review – Home Office

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, press releases by tracey

‘Wendy Williams, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary will have oversight of the Windrush lessons learned review, the Home Secretary announced today.

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Home Office, 21st June 2018

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Could the Windrush Scheme be open to legal challenge? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 29th, 2018 in appeals, citizenship, colonies, judicial review, news by sally

‘On 24th May 2018 a new scheme to process citizenship applications for the Windrush generation was announced, after the Government’s apologies last month. The Windrush Scheme guidance explains how this will work in detail.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th May 2018

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Travelling home with your baby after surrogacy abroad – the options – Family Law

Posted May 18th, 2018 in children, citizenship, immigration, news, passports, surrogacy by tracey

‘Your most pressing concern if you have a baby born through international surrogacy may be how quickly you can get home after he or she is born. This is often the first question we get asked when advising parents planning overseas surrogacy. UK immigration law in surrogacy cases is complex because there is no clear single process which applies to everyone, everywhere. There are number of different possible paths and which is the best one for you will depend on your personal circumstances and the country in which your baby is born.’

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Family Law, 18th May 2018

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