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Chikwamba delivers again

By Sarah Pinder, Free Movement, 28 May 2013
Last month saw the advent of a very useful decision from the High Court concerning the lack of provision in the Immigration Rules to allow migrants in the Points-Based System to switch whilst in-country into a PBS dependent category: Zhang, R (on the application of) v SSHD [2013] EWHC 891…

Apocalypse soon? The UK without the European Convention on Human Rights

By Jim Duffy, UK Human Rights Blog, 17 May 2013
Last night, lawyers, academics, NGOs and even the President of the Supreme Court gathered in a basement conference room in central London. Their purpose was to discuss the UK "without Convention Rights", a possible future that some might view as post-apocalyptic, and others as utopia.…

UKIP has an advantage that is not based on concrete policy proposals

By Awale Olad, Migrants' Rights Network, 07 May 2013
The aftermath of the UKIP surge in the polls in the local elections has led to a lot of soul searching in mainstream politics. To the detriment of the Conservative Party whilst also hacking away at both the support of the Labour and Liberal Democrats parties, UKIP emerged as the third…

Survivors of torture respond to Asylum Inquiry

By Freedom from Torture, 18 April 2013
Survivors Speak OUT (SSO), the only torture survivor activist network in the UK, has responded to the current Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Asylum with a submission of evidence, drawing on members' first-hand experience of the UK asylum system and suggesting targeted…

More changes to the Immigration Rules

By Iain Palmer, Free Movement, 04 April 2013
Two Statements of Changes to bring to your attention, HC1038 and HC1039. On Monday 1 April 2013, HC1038 came into effect and can be viewed here. Far weightier are the changes contained in HC1039 which will be brought into force on Saturday 6 April 2013 HC1039. These can be viewed here.…

What hasn't been making the news from Parliament?

By Awale Olad, Migrants' Rights Network, 18 March 2013
Only a small fraction of what parliamentarians discuss in parliament is reported in the national press - particularly when public attention and debate has been so focused on the numbers of immigrants coming to the UK and the government’s controversial programme aimed at reducing net…

What would happen if the UK withdrew from the European Court of Human Rights?

By Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog, 03 March 2013
Today's Mail on Sunday reports that the Home Secretary is to announce "soon" that the Conservative Party's election manifesto for 2015 will include a pledge to withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights if the party obtains an overall majority. I thought it would be useful to…

Burmese Country Guidance case found legally flawed

By Colin Yeo, Free Movement, 19 February 2013
The Court of Appeal has in the case of KS (Burma) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 67 found that the 2009 Country Guidance case of TL (Sur Place activities-risk) Burma [2009] UKAIT 00017 was legally flawed, effectively overturning it in what had become a proxy…
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