Three men jailed for running cannabis factory in ex-nuclear bunker – The Guardian

‘Three men have been jailed for their part in running a vast underground cannabis farm in a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire, staffed by young Vietnamese workers who were held in slave-like conditions.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in appeals, asylum, homosexuality, human rights, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Immigration lawyer who misled court suspended indefinitely – Legal Futures

Posted August 1st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, immigration, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who misled the court over the ‘student’ status of a client has been suspended indefinitely by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 1st August 2017

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Government threatened with new court action for ‘failing to act’ on harsh impact of immigration rules on children – The Independent

‘Campaigners have threatened a fresh court challenge after accusing the Government of failing to act on the Supreme Court’s ruling that harsh immigration rules unfairly punish children.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2017

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Home Office breached woman’s human rights in Yarl’s Wood ‘punishment room’ – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in asylum, detention, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘Kenyan asylum seeker wins high court case after being placed in segregation for 28 hours in immigration removal centre.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017

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EU citizenship: all at sea? – New Law Journal

‘Jonathan Kingham explores the UK’s ‘offer’ on residency for EU citizens.’

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New Law Journal, 21st July 2017

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Self-employed workers do not have the same rights as employees under EU law, confirms the Court of Appeal – Free Movement

‘In the case of Hrabkova v Secretary of State for Work and Pension [2017] EWCA Civ 794, the Court of Appeal confirmed once again that self-employed individuals do not have the same rights as workers under EU law. The specific question in this case was whether a person with a child at school who had been self employed and ceased work might be entitled to claim Employment Support Allowance.’

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Free Movement, 2nd July 2017

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UK watchdog criticises treatment of deportees on charter flights – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in airlines, deportation, immigration, news, reports, restraint by sally

‘The enforced removal of some people from Britain on escorted chartered flights falls short of humane treatment, with some leaving the country in waist restraint belts or leg restraints almost as a default, according to an official watchdog.

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The Guardian, 5th July 2017

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Coroner calls for changes to treatment of child refugees after death of teenager – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in children, coroners, immigration, news, refugees, young persons by sally

‘A coroner has called for changes to the way Home Office officials in Calais and Dunkirk deal with vulnerable child refugees after a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee fled Isis in Iraq only to be crushed under the wheels of a lorry while trying to seek sanctuary in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2017

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Supreme Court rules against the Home Secretary on ‘Deport First, Appeal Later’ – No. 5 Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has allowed appeals in R (Kiarie) and R (Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 by persons whom the Home Secretary wished to deport even before they had had a chance to appeal to a tribunal on human rights grounds against the deportation decision. It has concluded that the very system of appealing from abroad in such cases simply does not provide an effective right of appeal.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 14th June 2017

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New guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 30th, 2017 in asylum, barristers, consumer protection, immigration, news, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th June 2017

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Legal aid cuts ‘may have stopped Grenfell tenants pursuing safety concerns’ – The Guardian

‘Cuts to legal aid may have stopped tenants in Grenfell Tower from pursuing safety concerns that could have prevented the fire, the president of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2017

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Immigration detainees bring legal challenge against £1 an hour ‘slave’ wages – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2017 in detention, immigration, news, remuneration by sally

‘Ten people detained in UK immigration centres have launched a legal challenge against the Home Office for paying them “slave labour” wages of £1 per hour.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2017

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How do citizens’ rights affect Brexit negotiations? – The Guardian

‘Protections for 1.2m Britons on continent and 3.5m Europeans in UK should be easy to settle in theory, but there are obstacles.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2017

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In depth look at the new Home Office settlement policy for refugees after five years – Free Movement

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘In March 2017 the Home Office has announced a new policy of reviewing whether all refugees require protection at the end of a 5 year initial period of Refugee Status. This policy is effective for all existing and future applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (“ILR”) as a Refugee. This policy has now been effective for three months and, with Refugee Week upon us, it is a good opportunity to delve into it in greater detail.’

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Free Movement, 22nd June 2017

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Regina (Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Regina (Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 424

‘The claimant, a national of Pakistan, had limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom. A few days before the expiry of his leave he applied for an extension of his period of leave. The Secretary of State rejected that application on the grounds that it had not been accompanied by the required fee. Since the claimant had no right of appeal against this rejection, he submitted a renewed application accompanied by the required fee. The Secretary of State refused that application on the merits, informing the claimant that he had no right of appeal against her refusal since his renewed application had been made at a time when he had no leave to remain. The claimant sought judicial review of the Secretary of State’s determination that he had no right of appeal, contending that he had had leave to remain at the time of making his renewed application since his leave had been automatically extended pursuant to section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971 when he made his original application for an extension, and was still continuing. The claimant was granted permission to proceed with his claim, but at the full hearing the Upper Tribunal dismissed the claim on the basis that the claimant had an alternative remedy in the form of an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal.’

WLR Daily, 8th June 2017

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Refugee campaigners launch legal challenge over Home Office ‘failure’ to implement Dubs scheme – The Independent

‘Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the Government over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2017

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Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants drop off radar in the UK every year according to secret figures – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 16th, 2017 in immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘Up to 250,000 people drop off the radar and end up as illegal immigrants in Britain every year, according to secret Home Office figures, amid warnings that border controls are completely ineffective and will only get worse after Brexit. David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said that more than 1.2million illegal immigrants are currently living in Britain, predominantly after overstaying their visas.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2017

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Supreme court rules UK system for deporting foreign criminals unlawful – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2017 in appeals, deportation, evidence, human rights, immigration, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Home Office’s “deport first, appeal later” policy for removing foreign criminals has been ruled unlawful by the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2017

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Tier 2: is it Brexit ready? – Free Movement

‘Everything about the UK work permit system is designed to disincentivise employers importing migrant labour from outside of the EU.’

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Free Movement, 12th June 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk