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"Deport first, appeal later"

By Isabella Sankey, Liberty, 01 October 2013
We’re lucky to live in the world’s oldest unbroken democracy – a land where notions of dignity and fairness are generally treasured. But our justice system isn’t perfect. No justice system is. That’s why appeal rights are so essential – allowing people, as they do, to challenge the…

Immigration judicial reviews

By Professor Robert Thomas, University of Manchester, 12 September 2013
There is much current debate over judicial review, prompted in large part by successive government consultation papers. This note provides an overview of recent developments concerning immigration judicial reviews, which have, for many years, provided the bulk of all judicial review…

Public opinion and the politics of immigration

By Lord Ashcroft,, 01 September 2013
The debate over immigration encapsulates all the stuff of politics: who we are as a country, how we see our economic prospects, our sense of entitlement and obligation, the purpose of public services and the broader welfare state. And while the subject is no longer taboo – if it ever was…

New UNHCR Guidelines for asylum seekers from Afghanistan

By John Kelly, 13 August 2013
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) last week updated its Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan. EIN members can view a html copy of the guidelines here. As reported by UNHCR in June, Afghanistan…

No obligation enforceable within the UK to oblige government to comply with Strasbourg

By Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog, 12 August 2013
Navarathnam v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2383 (QB) There was no unfairness in the Secretary of State for the Home Department refusing a Sri Lankan asylum seeker leave to remain in the United Kingdom, despite the ruling from the Strasbourg court that to return…

Choppy waters for Britain's latest 'bloody foreigners'

By John Kelly, 01 August 2013
The Guardian reported in June that Robert Winder's excellent 'Bloody Foreigners' has been revised and updated. A compelling and level-headed account of immigration to Britain, the book was first published in 2004. And it was reviewed for EIN's Headlines publication in 2006, so it's a good…

Home Office may detain illegal entrant who appears to be over 18

By Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog, 15 July 2013
R (on the application of AA) (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2013] UKSC 49 The Immigration Act 1971, Schedule 2, paragraph 16(2) ("paragraph 16") empowers the Home Secretary, acting through immigration officers, to detain a person if there is…

Prospective Students to the UK Face a Subjective Interview Process

By Sonia Moran, United Kingdom Educational Advisory Service, 09 July 2013
In strong contrast to the previous Points Based System, the UK now requires a credibility interview for international students, citing a need to extend radically the border agency's interviewing programme. The system was put into place following the results of a pilot interview programme…
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