Trafficking convictions fall 25% despite rising number of victims in Europe – The Guardian

‘The number of convictions for trafficking in Europe has fallen by a quarter, despite an increase in the number of victims and a global drive to tackle the abuse.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2019

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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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Home Office trying to force two disabled children to leave country – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is trying to force two British-born children with lifelong and complex physical and mental disabilities out of Britain in a move which experts say breaches UK and UN law.’

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The Guardian, 12th 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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Stansted 15 activists vow to overcome ‘dark, dark day for the right to protest’ – The Guardian

‘The Stansted 15 expected to face retribution for their protest. They never expected to be found guilty of terrorism offences.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Case Comments: KO (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 and Rhuppiah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 58 – UKSC Blog

‘ECHR, art 8 prevents someone from being removed from the UK where doing so would have a disproportionate impact on their private life and/or family life. Where a migrant seeks to rely on art 8, it is accordingly necessary for the Home Office, or on appeal the First-tier Tribunal, to conduct a balancing exercise between the individual’s private and family life rights on the one hand and the ‘public interest’ on the other.’

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UKSC Blog, 4th December 2018

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Home Office unlawfully removed child asylum seeker from UK, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office unlawfully removed a child asylum seeker from the UK and has been ordered to arrange his return in a landmark High Court ruling.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2018

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Police to stop passing on immigration status of crime victims – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2018 in codes of practice, data protection, deportation, immigration, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Police will cease to automatically pass information about people suspected of being in the country illegally to deportation authorities if they come forward as victims of crime, according to a new policy hammered out in the wake of the Windrush scandal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 6th 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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Gay rugby player facing deportation allowed to leave holding centre – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in bail, deportation, homosexuality, immigration, news, tribunals by tracey

‘A gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he says he will be persecuted because of his sexuality, has been granted bail allowing him to leave the immigration centre where he was being held.’

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The Guardian, 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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Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli could be deported to Ghana – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2018 in appeals, banking, deportation, fraud, immigration, judicial review, news, sentencing by sally

‘The convicted former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli has been arrested and could be deported to Ghana in the next few days, he has said.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2018

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Case Comment: KO (Nigeria) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 Part Two – UKSC Blog

‘(ii) Undue Harshness

Next, the court opined that the structure of s 117C was difficult to follow as it begins by asad-khanstressing that deporting foreign criminals is in the public interest; which increases with the seriousness of the offending. The unimpressive drafting led Lord Carnwath to observe that rather than expressly indicating “how or at what stage of the process those general rules are to be given effect,” s 117C is instead devoted to rules for two types of foreign criminals and two exceptions.’

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UKSC Blog, 9th November 2018

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Case Comment: KO (Nigeria) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 Part One – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed these appeals. But thankfully Lord Carnwath’s meticulous judgment clarified wide-ranging misconceptions in the courts below regarding the correct interpretation of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (as amended), Part 5A, ss 117A to 117D. Centrally, s 117D(1) defines a “qualifying child” as someone under the age of 18 who is either a British citizen or has lived in the UK for a continuous period of seven years or more. Despite the controversial nature and history of these cases, Lord Carnwath’s short but robust judgment concentrates on simplicity because the novel statutory scheme aims “to produce a straightforward set of rules” on ECHR, art 8 and public interest considerations.’

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UKSC Blog, 9th 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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Supreme Court rules that parental misconduct irrelevant to whether child should leave UK — an extended look – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 30th, 2018 in appeals, children, deportation, families, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘This is a major decision which clarifies the approach that the Immigration Tribunal should take to the question of whether a child and/or their parents should be removed from the UK in circumstances where it is claimed that this would constitute a disproportionate interference in their rights to private and family life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th October 2018

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Worse than prison: life inside Britain’s 10 deportation centres – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2018 in deportation, detention, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘Blue flipflops, styrofoam plates and the daily clunk of the cells shutting: immigrants describe the grim reality of deportation ‘jails’.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Convicted former UBS trader to be freed from UK immigration centre – The Guardian

‘The convicted former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli is to be released from detention at an immigration removal centre near Heathrow while he awaits a judicial review of his deportation.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2018

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Man who grew up in UK wrongly told to leave country for second time – The Independent

Posted October 9th, 2018 in deportation, immigration, news by tracey

“A former London Underground worker who has lived in the capital for almost his entire life has been wrongly threatened with removal by the Home Office for the second time within a year.”

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The Independent, 8th October 2018

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