Immigration Law (18 June - 2 July)

Immigration News

Retirees returning to Jamaica face 'extreme' murder risk, say police

The Guardian – 29 June

According to a former Police Chief of Jamaica, Jamaican expats who retire to Jamaica currently face an extreme murder risk. Over 85 British, American and Canadian expats have been murdered in the country since 2012, with Gayle and Charlie Anderson from the UK being the most recent British victims. This issue is particularly prominent in light of the recent Windrush scandal, with numerous immigrants having already been deported back to Jamaica.

Windrush victims detained 'unlawfully' by Home Office

BBC News – 29 June

A recent report into the government’s handling of the recent, and ongoing, Windrush scandal has described the governments actions as unlawful and inappropriate. The report cites a deprivation of liberty as many individuals were illegally detained, and is now calling for a ‘fundamental change in the law, culture and procedures’.

Home Office pays out £21m after mistakenly detaining 850 people

The Guardian – 28 June

According to officials, between 2012 and 2017 the Home Office wrongly detained over 850 people. The figures were released to the home affairs select committee this week, and reveal that the government was forced to pay out over £21 million in compensation. Wrongful detentions were likely partly due to the fact that Home Office staff were paid bonuses to meet immigration targets.

The meaning of “residence” for indefinite leave to remain applications

Free Movement – 27 June

Free Movement discusses the case of R (Nesiama & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1369, in relation to residency in the UK. The Court of Appeal found that too many absences from the UK may affect a persons continuous residence status in their application for indefinite leave to remain.

Family's £15k debt from fight against Section 322(5) immigration rule

BBC News – 21 June

A review into the controversial use of Section 322(5) of the Immigration Rules has been ordered by the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. This follows numerous stories of the Rule being misused in order to detain and deport ‘highly skilled migrants’. The BBC reports on the story of a British couple who have been left £15,000 in debt and without passports due to government misuse of the rule.

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