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Family members of British citizens: the Surinder Singh route after Brexit

By Gabriella Bettiga, 13 May 2019
A set of new immigration rules applicable to European nationals – Appendix EU – has been updated on 30th March 2019 to include rules applicable to family members of British citizens who have lived in another EEA country and wish to return to the UK. British citizen who move in another European country and then decide to come back, can bring their spouse or family member on the basis of the EEA…

Planning for Brexit's impact on EU labour in the retail sector

By Fletcher Day, 01 May 2019
At this point in time, it is arguably more reasonable than ever to work on the basis of "hope for the best, prepare for the worst", which, in this context, means, hope for a soft Brexit but prepare for the increasing likelihood (although not inevitability) of a hard Brexit.

Brexit: what a delay means for EU citizens and the settled status scheme

By Egle Dagilyte, via The Conversation, 30 March 2019
Amid the ongoing Brexit stalemate, the Home Office is pushing ahead with its plan for EU citizens living in the UK to register for a new "settled status". It has launched a new nationwide marketing campaign to encourage them to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before its full roll-out on March 30.

An inhumane and unworkable immigration detention system: Why is the Home Office in denial?

By Natasha Tsangarides, Senior Policy Advisor, Freedom from Torture, 27 March 2019
Balla, a teacher in Gambia, was brutally tortured as part of a government opposition crackdown, and fled to the UK. Without explanation, he was driven in a van for hours, only to find himself in another kind of prison cell. "I was tortured physically back home, but in immigration detention, I was tortured mentally," he remembers now. Balla's ordeal in the UK is all too common.

'Right to rent' scheme causes landlords to discriminate, rules High Court

By Samuel March, UK Human Rights Blog, 05 March 2019
The government's 'hostile environment' policy took a hit in a High Court judgement on Friday. Spencer J declared the "right to rent" scheme, laid out in sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014, incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). He also declared that a decision by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to roll out the scheme in devolved territories…

Migrant children are suffering. We should end the hostile environment.

By Jack Gevertz, Immigration Advice Service, 04 March 2019
So, you're a young child in the UK. You are the son or daughter of a migrant who has been living here for many years. You have been made homeless and the council offers you temporary accommodation with rooms infested with rats. There are no washing facilities. The place you're staying at is hundreds of miles away from your school. You cannot speak to your friends easily. Imagine having to live…
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