Row over UK child visas as Ukrainian violinist’s three-month wait continues – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, visas, war by tracey

‘A talented 17-year-old violinist living on the frontline in south-east Ukraine has been left waiting three months for a British visa, revealing serious flaws in government promises to help unaccompanied children.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2022

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Setting up a branch or subsidiary of an overseas business in the UK – EIN Blog

Posted July 4th, 2022 in company law, employment, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘There is no specific visa requirement for anyone who wants to register a business in the UK. However, this is not the same as working for or on behalf of the business.’

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EIN Blog, 30th June 2022

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Home Office ‘undermining immigration watchdog’s legitimacy’ by failing to implement recommendations – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2022 in asylum, government departments, immigration, news, ombudsmen, refugees by tracey

‘The Home Office risks undermining the immigration watchdog’s legitimacy by failing to implement its recommendations, an official has said.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2022

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NewsUKHome News Home Office dragged to High Court by Brexit deal watchdog over ‘unlawful’ treatment of EU citizens – The Independent

‘The Home Office is being taken to court by a government-sponsored Brexit watchdog over the “unlawful” treatment of 2.5 million EU citizens in the UK. The High Court has confirmed that the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA), designed to protect the rights of EU nationals in the UK, has been granted permission to proceed with a judicial review claim against the department.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2022

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Government To Partially Comply With Istanbul Convention Against Domestic Abuse And Sexual Violence – Each Other

Posted June 28th, 2022 in domestic violence, immigration, news, sexual offences, treaties, women by sally

‘In May, Home secretary, Priti Patel, announced that the UK will comply with the Istanbul Convention after a 10-year delay. The UK will now seek to ratify the Convention by 31 July. It is the first legally-binding treaty with minimum legal standards which governments must meet to combat violence against women. After a decade of waiting, concerns have been raised though that the government has and will continue to fail migrant and refugee women, as the government is ‘reserving their right‘ not to comply with article 59, which would end some migrants’ dependence on abusive partners for their immigration status.’

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Each Other, 27th June 2022

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UK work visa for elite graduates is exclusive and based on flawed assumptions – EIN Blog

Posted June 28th, 2022 in immigration, news, universities, visas by sally

‘The UK government’s announcement of a new work visa option aimed at attracting top graduates has elicited some backlash because the list of eligible institutions features no universities from Africa, Latin America or South Asia. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked Orla Quinlan, Director of Internationalisation at Rhodes University in South Africa, to share her thoughts on the implications such visa programmes have for international integration and intercultural efforts in higher education.’

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EIN Blog, 27th June 2022

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Bill of Rights to strengthen freedom of speech and curb bogus human rights claims – Ministry of Justice

‘Freedom of speech and the views of elected lawmakers will be given greater weight in law under a Bill of Rights introduced to Parliament today (Wednesday 22 June).’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd June 2022

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Windrush: only one in four applicants have received compensation – The Guardian

‘Only one in four applicants to the Windrush compensation scheme have received payments four years after the government promised redress for those wrongly classified by the Home Office as illegal immigrants.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2022

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British Army veteran ‘living in fear’ as he fights deportation threat after 20 years living in UK – The Independent

‘ British Army veteran who has spent more than 20 years living in the UK is “living in fear each and every second” due to the threat of deportation to Zimbabwe.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2022

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GPS tagging of migrants appears to contradict Home Office guidance – The Guardian

‘The Home Office appears to have contradicted its own guidance on GPS tagging, which prioritised “very high harm offenders”, after it announced the devices would be used on asylum seekers arriving in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2022

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What is the European Court of Human Rights? Key questions as Rwanda flight grounded – The Independent

‘The first deportation flight of migrants to Rwanda was cancelled at the last minute on Tuesday night following interventions from the European Court of Human Rights.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2022

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Prime Minister must stop attacks on legal professionals, say Bar Council and Law Society – The Bar Council

‘Following the Prime Minister’s comments suggesting lawyers representing migrants were “abetting the work of criminal gangs”, the Bar Council and Law Society of England and Wales have issued [a] joint statement.’

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The Bar Council, 14th June 2022

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First migrants set for Rwanda to be given final notice – Home Office

Posted June 6th, 2022 in asylum, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The Home Office has begun issuing formal directions to the first group of people being relocated to Rwanda.’

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Home Office, 1st June 2022

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Soldiers win legal battle to rescue Afghan interpreter – BBC News

‘A group of former British soldiers have won a legal battle to bring their Afghan interpreter to the UK.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2022

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Externalisation of asylum in Europe: Unpacking the UK-Rwanda Asylum Partnership Agreement – EIN Blog

‘The UK-Rwanda Asylum Partnership Agreement (APA) is the latest in a line of cooperative asylum arrangements that seek to shift asylum responsibility from destination states in the Global North to countries in the developing world. Such arrangements are generally for the purpose of deterring and deflecting protection seekers and, as such, the APA should be understood as a form of externalisation, an umbrella concept for the efforts of certain states to externalise certain basic functions (in this case asylum processing and protection) in the areas of border control and asylum.’

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EIN Blog, 31st May 2022

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Windrush scandal: Government must publish report institutional racism, lawyer says – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2022 in citizenship, colonies, government departments, immigration, news, racism, reports by sally

‘A lawyer for Windrush victims says the government must publish a report which suggests institutional racism at the Home Office caused the scandal.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2022

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Reconsidering Asylum: Is it for those who need protection? – EIN Blog

Posted May 30th, 2022 in asylum, immigration, international law, news, refugees by sally

‘In a recent workshop, funded by the Society of Legal Scholars, several legal practitioners, NGOs, policy experts and legal scholars in the field of asylum and nationality studies came together to analyse the asylum related provisions of the new Nationality and Borders Act 2022 (“the Act”). Whilst in Bill form, the UNHCR found the provisions “would penalise most refugees seeking asylum in the country via damaging and unjustified penalties, creating an asylum model that undermines established international refugee protection rules and practices”.’

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EIN Blog, 26th May 2022

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Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report – The Guardian

‘The origins of the Windrush scandal lay in 30 years of racist immigration legislation designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to a leaked government report.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2022

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How Deportation Flights Affect Our Human Rights – Each Other

Posted May 26th, 2022 in deportation, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘Last Wednesday, the UK government deported seven Jamaican nationals living in the UK. Under the UK Borders Act (2007), any foreign national who has served a prison sentence of 12 months or longer may face deportation. One father left behind his partner and his five-year-old daughter. For him, and for others in his position, it will be a struggle to see his family again, despite the right to a family life which is protected under the Human Rights Act (HRA).’

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Each Other, 25th May 2022

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What Is Modern Slavery And Are Victims Being Failed? – Each Other

‘Despite protections under the Modern Slavery Act (2015), victims of modern slavery in the UK are still struggling to access support, or to be recognised as victims at all. In the first three months of 2021, almost 3,000 potential victims were referred to the Home Office. According to a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by EachOther to the Home Office, between January and September 2021, immigration authorities detained 229 people who were identified as possible victims of modern slavery. Now, charities have raised concerns over the government’s approach to children exploited by drug trafficking gangs and migrant victims of modern slavery, who may be detained and deported if identified.’

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Each Other, 23rd May 2022

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