Today on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, I am thinking of the LGBTIQ+ refugees I've met – too many – for whom abuse and indignity has become a daily reality. Sadly, the pain often begins in their own homes, with their own families – destroying the one…
UNHCR publishes updated guidance on working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) persons in forced displacement18 May 2021: Practical advice for UNHCR staff and others who work with LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers and refugees
Queen’s Speech announces new legislation that would bring major changes to the asylum system and to judicial reviews11 May 2021: New Plan for Immigration legislation forthcoming and scrapping of Cart judicial review applications considered
UNHCR consultation response finds many aspects of the New Plan for Immigration do not respect fundamental principles of refugee law11 May 2021: UK asylum proposals would create a discriminatory two-tiered approach to asylum, UNHCR says
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi's message on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Extortionist visa application fees caused “colossal interference” with Windrush victim’s right to family life
Mahabir & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1177 (Admin) (06 May 2021) Mrs Lynda Mahabir came to the UK as a baby aged two months in 1969. She lived in the UK until 1977 but was forcibly removed by her father to Trinidad in 1977. The Home Office's…
The Home Office has recently announced a new decision to 'fast track' the visa processes for winners of a select choice of coveted arts awards who are wishing to enter the UK. The new plans have been announced in part to attract the "best and brightest" talent from around the…
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