‘I feel targeted’: Windrush victim decries compensation delays as racism – The Guardian

‘Anthony Williams arrived in Birmingham from Jamaica aged seven in 1971, and went to primary and secondary school before joining the army and serving with the Royal Artillery for 13 years. Later, he had a successful second career as a fitness instructor until 2013, when he found himself classified as an illegal immigrant and sacked from his job.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2020

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Equalities watchdog to investigate hostile environment policy – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is being investigated over whether it breached equality law when it introduced the “hostile environment” immigration measures that caused catastrophic consequences for thousands of Windrush generation residents living legally in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2020

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Shamima Begum’s UK citizenship should be restored, court told – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2020 in appeals, citizenship, government departments, immigration, news, terrorism by sally

‘Shamima Begum, the woman who left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State, cannot effectively challenge the government’s decision to deprive her of British citizenship while she is in a detention camp in northern Syria, the court of appeal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2020

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Telling my brother’s Windrush scandal story as a TV drama – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2020 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, deportation, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘Anthony Bryan had lived and worked in Britain for 50 years when he was suddenly detained and almost deported.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2020

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted June 9th, 2020 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, legislation by tracey

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Act 2020

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

British citizenship after obtaining EU Settled Status – Richmond Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in citizenship, domicile, EC law, families, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘EU Settled Status is a relatively new form of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for which EEA nationals and family members have to apply by 30 June 2021. In this post we look at how to obtain British citizenship after obtaining EU Settled Status.’

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Richmond Chambers, 25th May 2020

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Righting wrongs: interview with Martin Forde QC – Counsel

‘One year on from the launch of the Windrush compensation scheme, the silk who oversaw its design talks to Natasha Shotunde about the scandal, British attitudes to migration and citizenship, and misconceptions holding applicants back from rightful compensation.’

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Counsel, June 2020

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Windrush scandal: only 60 victims given compensation so far – The Guardian

‘Only 60 people have received Windrush compensation payments during the first year of the scheme’s operation, with just £360,000 distributed from a fund officials expected might be required to pay out between £200m and £500m.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2020

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British lawyer sues EU over her removal from its court due to Brexit – The Guardian

Posted May 1st, 2020 in barristers, brexit, citizenship, courts, EC law, employment, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘The UK’s last judicial member of the European court of justice is suing the council of the European Union and the EU court over her removal from office because of Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2020

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Windrush backlog reaches 3,720 cases, Home Office reveals – The Guardian

‘Lawyers and campaigners have expressed concern about a large backlog of unresolved Windrush cases, revealed in fresh Home Office figures, two years after Amber Rudd resigned as home secretary amid the emerging scandal.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2020

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Carol Harlow: Windrush: Lessons learned or perhaps not? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 19 March, screened by the draft Corona: Defence of the Realm Bill, the long awaited Windrush: Lessons Learned Report (hereafter Lessons Learned) was published. For those who have missed out on the considerable publicity generated by the Windrush Generation scandal, a short account is in order. The Windrush Generation broadly comprises Commonwealth citizens who have indefinite leave to remain in the UK or “settled status” on the basis of having settled in the UK before 1973 when the Commonwealth Immigration Act 1971 came into force, and not since 1988 having left the UK for more than two years. Many of these elderly British citizens were unable to prove their right to live here to the satisfaction of the Home Office (perhaps because they entered the country on a parent’s passport or had lost their papers in the ensuing forty-odd years since their arrival). These unfortunate “surprised Brits” were denied healthcare, welfare benefits, pensions, lost their settled housing and long-term jobs, were taken into detention and even deported. They had become victims of the so-called “hostile environment” policy, a set of measures introduced in 2012 by Theresa May when Home Secretary with a view to making life as difficult as possible in the UK for people with no legal status to encourage them to leave. The measures were defended at the time by Theresa May, then Home Secretary, and incorporated into the Immigration Act 2014.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th April 2020

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Why Making Profit From Children’s British Citizenship Fees Harms Us All – Each Other

Posted March 19th, 2020 in children, citizenship, fees, news by sally

‘Three months after a landmark court ruling, UK-born children applying for British citizenship must still fork out an unlawfully high fee of £1,012.’

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Each Other, 18th March 2020

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‘Lambs to the slaughter’: 50 lives ruined by the Windrush scandal – The Guardian

‘As the report on the Home Office scandal is finally published, we revisit the victims’ stories.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2020

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Windrush review to call for reform of ‘reckless’ Home Office – The Guardian

‘Wholesale reform of a “reckless” and “defensive” Home Office is expected to be recommended in a hard-hitting review into the causes of the Windrush scandal when it is released by the home secretary on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2020

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Windrush inquiry report submitted to home secretary – The Guardian

‘An investigation into the causes of the Windrush scandal has been completed and presented to the UK home secretary, who must now decide when and whether to make the findings public.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2020

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British citizen children and entry clearance – Richmond Chambers

Posted February 26th, 2020 in chambers articles, children, citizenship, deportation, immigration, news by sally

‘In two recent cases, the Upper Tribunal has considered the relevance and weight to be accorded to having a British citizen child in: (i) entry clearance and (ii) deportation cases. The first will be outlined here, whilst the second will be analysed in a separate post.’

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Richmond Chambers, 21st February 2020

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Residence requirements for Partners – Richmond Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2020 in chambers articles, citizenship, families, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Unlike most visa routes, partner visas do not have any specific residence requirements or prescribed limits on the number of days of absences from the UK.’

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Richmond Chambers, 18th February 2020

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Why justice remains elusive for Windrush generation – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2020 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, news by sally

‘Victims talk about their ordeal and a complex compensation scheme that is yet to deliver.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2020

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Begum still barred from returning to UK or reclaiming British citizenship – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 10th, 2020 in appeals, citizenship, government departments, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

‘When she was fifteen Shamina Begum slipped unimpeded out of the country to join ISIL. Only her image, walking with two school friends, was captured as she made her way through Gatwick Airport onto the aircraft. Her return to the UK, five years on is proving more difficult.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th February 2020

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Shamima Begum loses appeal against removal of citizenship – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2020 in appeals, citizenship, government departments, human rights, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Shamima Begum, the woman who left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria, has lost her appeal against the Home Office’s move to revoke her citizenship and prevent her from returning to London.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2020

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