Court upholds UK cap on number of child refugees – The Guardian

Posted October 4th, 2018 in appeals, children, consultations, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The government’s decision to cap the number of unaccompanied child refugees who can be brought into the UK has been upheld by the court of appeal. But three senior judges said there had been a breach of the “duty of fairness” in the process because those refused entry were not given any reasons for being denied permission.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2018

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UK asylum seekers refused housing over ‘social cohesion issues’ – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2018 in asylum, detention, housing, immigration, news, race discrimination, refugees by tracey

‘Details of the ban emerged in a note from the Home Office to an asylum seeker’s solicitor, in which the department said that it had an agreement with local authorities in that region not to house any “foreign nationals with known criminality”.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2018

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Home Office loses 75% of its appeals against immigration rulings – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2018 in appeals, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘Nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed, according to figures seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2018

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Case Comment: R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 Part Two – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court held that the terms of the Convention do not entitle the respondents to be resettled in the UK metropolitan territory. Overall, a state’s duties to a refugee reaching a particular territory – whose international relations the state controls – are in principle and in normal circumstances limited to providing and securing the refugee’s Convention rights in that context.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th August 2018

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Case Comment: R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 Part One – UKSC Blog

‘In a complex interim judgment dealing with threshold issues, the Supreme Court has asad-khanheld that both the Refugee Convention 1951 and the 1967 Protocol extend to the UK’s Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Britain occupied Cyprus between 1878 and 1960. Secretive deal making with the Ottoman Empire led the British Empire to forge an alliance with the Turks to protect them from Russia. The British initially occupied and administered Cyprus and ultimately annexed it upon the outbreak of the First World War when the British and the Turks found themselves fighting on opposite sides. Turkey recognised the annexation in the Treaty of Lausanne 1923 and that status continued until the settlement between the UK, Greece and Turkey in 1960 when Cyprus became a republic. Like Britain’s other Mediterranean possessions the island was of military and strategic importance rather than economic value. Upon independence in 1960, the UK retained sovereignty over the SBAs to accommodate military bases which are now the only notable British strategic assets in the eastern Mediterranean. These proceedings threw up a number of issues including the respondents’ entitlement to resettlement in the UK under the Convention, the validity of the UK-Cyprus Memorandum of Understanding of 2003 on illegal migrants and asylum seekers, and whether the UK is in principle entitled to discharge its obligations under the Convention by arranging for support to be provided by Cyprus?’

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UKSC Blog, 24th August 2018

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In praise of the 1961 Statelessness Convention – by Alison Harvey – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in citizenship, immigration, news, refugees, treaties by sally

‘It is a lot better to have a stateless person’s travel document than to be undocumented. A lot better to have leave as a stateless person than none. But a stateless person with a travel document and leave is still stateless. The 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons is familiar because of its close resemblance to the 1951 Refugee Convention and, perhaps because of this, it is easy for it to dominate discussions. But the big prizes are to be had in implementing the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, in prevention and reduction of statelessness.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 27th July 2018

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Allocations and Equality Act – Nearly Legal

Posted August 6th, 2018 in equality, housing, local government, news, race discrimination, refugees by sally

‘R(Gullu) v LB Hillingdon [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin)

This was another challenge to LB Hillingdon’s policy of requiring 10 years residence in borough for admission to the housing register. It follows after TW, SW, and EM, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough Of Hillingdon (2018) EWHC 1791 (our note here) which found that Hillingdon’s policy unjustifiably discriminated against Travellers. But with a very different outcome.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th August 2018

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Home Office misled court about treatment of child refugees from Calais, judges find – The Guardian

‘The government “materially misled” the high court about its treatment of child refugees who applied for safe passage to the UK from Calais, giving incomplete evidence that was “a serious breach of the duty of candour and cooperation”, the court of appeal ruled on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2018

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Council defeats challenge to prioritisation of residents with 10 years in borough – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 30th, 2018 in housing, local government, news, race discrimination, refugees by sally

‘A London borough has successfully defended a High Court challenge to the prioritisation under its housing allocation scheme of those people who have been resident in the borough for 10 years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th July 2018

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Government reinstates legal aid for child migrants in major U-turn – The Independent

Posted July 13th, 2018 in children, judicial review, legal aid, news, refugees by tracey

‘The government has bowed to pressure to reinstate legal aid for child migrants in a major U-turn after admitting unaccompanied minors in the UK may have been denied access to justice. Campaigners, who said that access to justice for these vulnerable individuals is an “absolute lifeline”, hailed the decision after a five-year legal challenge.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2018

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Immigration and asylum The new arrivals UK Home Office tells stateless man: go home – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in asylum, citizenship, deportation, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘A man who has been stateless for 31 years has been denied protection in the UK after the Home Office refused to accept he was originally from Palestine, despite advising him to return there on two occasions.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Bristol refugee murder review accuses police of institutional racism – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2017 in murder, news, police, racism, refugees, reports by sally

‘The family of an Iranian refugee murdered by a vigilante after years of abuse have expressed relief that an independent review has vindicated their campaign to expose institutional racism within a police force and council.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 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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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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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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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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NI Abortion Refugees: further thoughts – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Was it unlawful for the Secretary of State for Health, who had power to make provisions for the functioning of the National Health Service in England, to have failed to make a provision which would have enabled women who were citizens of the UK, but who were usually resident in Northern Ireland, to undergo a termination of pregnancy under the NHS in England free of charge?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15 June 2017

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UK unlawfully denies transfer to UK of refugees living for 18 years in Cyprus British Sovereign Base – Free Movement

Posted June 6th, 2017 in appeals, armed forces, immigration, news, refugees, treaties by tracey

‘R (Bashir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 397. The British Sovereign Base Areas (“SBAs”) are small British-run areas on the Cyprus islands that survived the former colony’s independence. The Home Office has taken the position for a number of years that the Refugee Convention does not apply there. The Court of Appeal has unanimously held that in doing so, then-Home Secretary Theresa May acted unlawfully in denying refugees from the SBAs access to the UK.’

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Free Movement, 6th June 2017

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Supreme Court backs decision of reviewing officer over accommodation offer – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has upheld a reviewing officer’s decision that it was reasonable for a refugee to accept an offer of accommodation which she claimed reminded her of prison in Iran.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2017

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The ‘robot lawyer’ giving free legal advice to refugees – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, asylum, computer programs, news, refugees by sally

‘A technology initially used to fight traffic fines is now helping refugees with legal claims.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2017

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