Immigration Law (3 December – 17 December)

Immigration News

Local authorities could stop housing asylum seekers, MPs warn

The Guardian – 17 December

A recent Commons report has warned that local authorities may pull out of the scheme to house asylum seekers after losing faith in the system. Authorities have spoken of mounting pressure at the cost of housing asylum seekers, as many applicants are concentrated in small areas. Some local authorities are contemplating withdrawal from the scheme.

Chinese women trafficked to UK 'being failed by Home Office'

The Guardian – 12 December

Campaigners and lawyers have warned that a significant number of Chinese women are being detained and threatened with deportation, even though many of them are trafficking victims. Natasha Walter, director of Women for Refugee Women, has claimed the Home Office is violating its own policy by locking up these victims without access to healthcare or legal advice.

'Gold-plated' investor visa scheme 'not suspended'

BBC News – 11 December

Following a number of conflicting statements, the Home Office has stated that the ‘gold plated’ investor visa scheme has not been suspended, as previously thought. The scheme allows those from outside the EU to invest £2 million or more in the UK in return for a Tier 1 visa.

Police told not to take action against illegal immigrants who are victims of crime

The Telegraph – 7 December

Police Officers have received guidance from Police Chiefs, warning them against automatically alerting authorities of an illegal immigrant who has been a victim of crime. It is believed that a fear of being reported has prevented some illegal immigrants from reporting a crime. Police must first and foremost treat the victim and can later notify the appropriate authority.

Windrush: 'Home Office ignored warnings'

BBC News – 5 December

A National Audit Office (NAO) report has stated that the Home Office ignored warnings that led to the detention and deportation of numerous members of the Windrush generation. The report has revealed that ‘credible information’ about potential problems has been available for up to four years, and the Home Office is still not aware of the number of people wrongly affected.

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