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2016 in Immigration News

By Danielle Cohen, 05 January 2017
2016 has been a tumultuous year in the world of immigration policy, news and law. The EU Referendum has been a significant driver in the debate, but there's a whole raft of reviews and reports which have shaped immigration and resident status issues. We discuss the most topical.…

The challenges facing migrants' rights campaigners in 2017

By Fizza Qureshi, Migrants' Rights Network, 03 January 2017
MRN's new Director, Fizza Qureshi, welcomes the New Year and the major challenges it brings. The picture may look bleak, but that's no reason for pessimism. It's a spur to building alliances and campaigning harder for a rights-based approach to migration. It is a great honour and…

Case Comment: MP (Sri Lanka) v SSHD [2016] UKSC 32

By UK Supreme Court Blog, 20 December 2016
MP (Sri Lanka) v SSHD [2016] UKSC 32: This case concerns subsidiary protection (known domestically as "humanitarian protection") under EU Council Directive 2004/83/EC (the Qualification Directive). The issue is whether the appellant, who was tortured by the Sri Lankan authorities and…

Migrants in limbo in Europe have the right to live in dignity

By Nils Muižnieks, 15 November 2016
In some countries, they call them "invisible persons", in others – "ghosts". Throughout Europe there are many migrants, primarily rejected asylum seekers, who live in a state of protracted legal and social limbo without any long-term prospects. The authorities refuse to regularize them or…

Case Comment: R (Johnson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 56

By Aidan Wills, UK Supreme Court Blog, 04 November 2016
This judgment concerns continuing discrimination arising from the denial of automatic British citizenship at birth to a person born outside wedlock. The Supreme Court held (unanimously) that it is a violation of ECHR, art 8, read with art 14, to deport a "foreign criminal" who would have…

Tooth and lies: assessing the age of lone refugee children

By Ben Amunwa, Law mostly, 24 October 2016
A Tory MP has called for child refugees from the Calais camp to be subjected to dental x-rays to determine their ages. Here's why dentists and judges disagree. An awful lot has been said about the recent arrival in the UK of fourteen children from the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp that's…

The Historian as Judge

By Lord Sumption, 11 October 2016
The Historian as Judge - Lord Sumption's address to judges of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and Administrative Appeals Chamber at the Rolls Building, London on 6 October 2016: I am told that this evening is part of a series training sessions for Upper Tribunal judges. My first…

Concrete Walls and Bureaucratic Barriers to Access to Justice for Migrants

By Justine Stefanelli, UK Human Rights Blog, 06 October 2016
Work recently began on a wall in Calais, funded by the UK government, to prevent migrants and asylum seekers from crossing the Channel to Britain. Nearly simultaneously, the government announced that it would increase immigration tribunal fees by over 500%, erecting a different type of…
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