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“In limbo”: migrants stripped of leave to remain in the UK but can’t be removed

Free Movement – 24 May

In the case of RA (Iraq) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 850, the Court of Appeal has handed down guidance on ‘limbo cases’. The court rejected the argument that having a migrant in limbo breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

English test students may have been wrongly accused, says watchdog

The Guardian – 24 May

The National Audit Office investigation into the Home Office response to reports of cheating in English language tests concluded that a number of students may have been wrongly accused of cheating and deported for no reason. Around 2,500 students have been removed from the UK and 12,500 appeals have been heard in the UK courts.

Serco fined almost £3m by Home Office for asylum housing failures

The Ferret – 21 May

The Home Office has fined Serco nearly £3 million for not meeting the terms of its contract in providing accommodation for asylum seekers in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Between 2013 and 2018, the contractor failed to meet ‘key performance indicators’ (KPIs), including failing to carry out essential repairs or improvements.

UK-based Poles call for revolt against having to apply for settled status

The Guardian – 18 May

Damian Wawrzyniak, a Polish chef, is leading a revolt by UK-based Poles against the settled status application that is a requirement for EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK after Brexit. Over 7,000 people have signed a petition to change the settled status application to a registration.

Kent boat migrants: Man in court after 27 cross Channel

BBC News – 15 May

A man by the name of Sarbast Mohammad Hama has been charged with an immigration offence linked to the arrival of 27 migrants who crossed the Channel in dinghies. Two boats were intercepted om 25 December 2018 and 27 March 2019. Hama is being charged with conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

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