Grace period in a time of Covid – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 1st, 2021 in asylum, coronavirus, delay, deportation, detention, housing, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘In R (Babbage) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 2995 (Admin), the Claimant applied for judicial review, claiming that his immigration detention from 27 February 2020 to 29 April 2021 had been unlawful and/or that there was a public law error relating to the delay in the provision of s.4 accommodation. Soole J gave a potentially significant judgment concerning the ambit of the “grace period” for locating s.4 Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 accommodation, i.e. accommodation provided to failed asylum seekers. The judge also made some apposite comments concerning the requirement for appropriate evidence in unlawful detention claims from the relevant decision maker.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th November 2021

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Home Office U-turn on Sri Lankan scientist’s asylum claim – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has U-turned on plans to deport a leading scientist carrying out groundbreaking research into affordable forms of solar energy and allowed him and his family to remain in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2021

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Ex-soldier’s wife found guilty of murdering baby abandoned in woods – The Independent

‘The wife of a former soldier has been found guilty of the murder of her newborn baby by abandoning him in woodland after she discovered she was pregnant too late to have an abortion.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2021

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Windrush: Care leavers say compensation is being denied – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2021 in care orders, children, citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, news by tracey

‘Government compensation is being denied to some Windrush victims who were in care as children, it is claimed.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2021

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Channel deaths: the UK has clear legal responsibilities towards people crossing in small boats – EIN Blog

‘At least 27 people have drowned in the English Channel attempting to cross in a small boat. There were three children, seven women, one of whom was pregnant, and 17 men. Although a joint search and rescue operation was seemingly launched in the narrow maritime area between the UK and France (which is only 20 miles wide), the highly equipped authorities of both coastal states were not able to intervene in time to save the victims. The British government has responded to these deaths by calling on France to take back anyone who attempts the crossing. Speaking in parliament following the tragedy, Home Secretary Priti Patel placed heavy emphasis on the French government’s responsibility for the tragedy, which she said was “not a surprise”.

Regardless of how these people got there, the UK has clear legal responsibilities to anyone who finds themselves in trouble in the Channel. However much French authorities bolster their own efforts, the UK is obliged by multiple international conventions to maintain robust search and rescue operations in the area.’

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EIN Blog, 26th November 2021

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British MPs call for law changes to help young Hongkongers flee to UK – The Guardian

‘More than nine in 10 people who have faced protest charges in Hong Kong are too young to access a UK visa scheme dedicated to helping Hongkongers flee to Britain, according to advocates and MPs calling for new laws to assist them.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2021

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Asylum seekers jailed for steering dinghies appealing after being branded ‘people smugglers’ by government – The Independent

‘More than a dozen asylum seekers who were jailed for steering dinghies across the English Channel are fighting to have their convictions overturned.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2021

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Priti Patel faces three legal challenges over refugee pushback plans – The Guardian

‘Priti Patel is facing three legal challenges over her controversial plans to push back refugees on small boats in the Channel who are trying to reach the UK.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2021

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Brook House detention centre whistleblower ‘abuse’ inquiry begins – BBC News

‘A public inquiry into the mistreatment of immigration detainees has heard a BBC Panorama documentary revealed “shocking” treatment which had “no place in a decent and humane” system.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2021

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Windrush: Home Office has compensated just 5% of victims in four years – The Guardian

‘Just 5% of Windrush victims have received compensation four years after the scandal emerged, according to a damning report by cross-party MPs which called for the scheme to be taken out of Home Office control.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2021

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Home Office ‘covering up’ its own study of why refugees come to the UK – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2021 in asylum, bills, charities, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The Home Office is covering up its own research into why refugees and asylum seekers travel to the UK because ministers “know their arguments don’t stand up,” charities claim.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2021

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Nationality and Borders Bill threatens the rights of stateless children – EIN Blog

‘Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill has been controversial since its announcement to say the least. It has faced criticisms for its extremely harsh treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and its potential contribution to creating a hostile environment for migrants residing within the UK. However, it has now been argued by MP’s that the Bill risks failing to protect stateless children within the country.’

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EIN Blog, 17th November, 2021

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Only five Channel migrants returned to Europe this year as minister admits ‘difficulties’ – The Independent

Posted November 18th, 2021 in brexit, deportation, EC law, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘Only five migrants who crossed the Channel into Britain by boat have been successfully deported back to the continent this year, an immigration minister has revealed.’

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The Independent, 17th November 2021

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Windrush compensation scheme has ‘concerning weaknesses’, says charity – The Guardian

‘There are “concerning weaknesses” in the Windrush compensation scheme, according to a legal charity that has called for the programme to be taken out of the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2021

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New Home Office policy risks ‘driving human trafficking victims underground’, experts warn – The Independent

‘Experts have warned that victims of trafficking risk being “driven underground” under new Home Office plans to grant immigration enforcement teams the power to decide on modern slavery cases.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2021

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Britain First activist faces retrial for alleged assault at hotel housing asylum seekers – The Independent

Posted November 12th, 2021 in assault, asylum, coronavirus, hotels, immigration, news, political parties, retrials by tracey

‘Magistrates have set aside the conviction of a Britain First activist accused of assaulting a security guard at a hotel housing asylum seekers. James White, 31, will face a retrial for assault at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on 7 March. He was found guilty of the offence in his absence on Monday, but the conviction was ruled unsafe two days later after his lawyer successfully argued proceedings had gone ahead unfairly.’

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The Independent, 11th November 2021

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Not able to meet the financial requirement of Appendix FM? Do not despair – EIN Blog

Posted November 9th, 2021 in benefits, disabled persons, families, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘Financial requirement for the partner visa is satisfied if the sponsor, the British partner, has income of at least £18,600 per year or if the couple have savings of at least £62,500 (slightly more if there are non-British children to be sponsored in the same application). It is possible to meet the financial requirement through a combination of savings and income. The rules are quite prescriptive about the sources of income and the documentary evidence required in support of the application. The evidential requirement depends on the source of income and one of the most common reasons for refusal of an application is failure to meet the evidential requirement.’

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EIN Blog, 8th November 2021

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Britain First activist convicted of assaulting security guard at hotel housing asylum seekers – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2021 in assault, asylum, hotels, immigration, news, political parties by tracey

‘A Britain First activist has been convicted of assaulting a security guard at a hotel housing asylum seekers.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2021

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HIV patient ‘denied life-saving medication’ in UK detention centre – The Independent

‘A man with HIV who was awaiting deportation to Jamaica is being denied life-saving treatment in an immigration detention centre, The Independent has learned. The 42-year-old man relies on daily medication to manage his condition, and says the dosages for his other ailments, schizophrenia and depression, have been reduced by staff at Colnbrook Immigration Centre.’

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The Independent, 6th November 2021

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Priti Patel’s immigration bill will make it harder to prosecute human traffickers, top police officers warn – The Independent

‘Priti Patel’s immigration bill risks hampering the prosecution of human traffickers in the UK and making it more difficult for people to escape exploitation, senior police officers have warned.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2021

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