More than half of immigration appeals now successful, figures show
The Independent – 13 June
According to recent government figures, 52% of Home Office immigration decisions are now overturned when challenged in court, an increase from 39% in 2016. These figures highlight the inaccuracy of many Home Office decisions, and the amount of people who have been wrongly detained or deported.
Tribunal says no to return of fast track asylum appeals
Free Movement – 12 June
The Tribunal Procedure Committee has refused the government’s push for an accelerated process for appellants in immigration detention. During a previous consultation period, seven expert organisations that responded were all against re-introducing a system like the Detained Fast Track that the courts found to be unlawful back in 2015.
Asylum seekers in Glasgow face eviction threat as Serco revives lock-change scheme
The Guardian – 12 June
Private housing provider, Serco, has announced plans to restart its controversial lock-change policy, leaving around 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow at risk of eviction. Glasgow city council has warned of an ‘imminent homelessness crisis’ and refugee charities have ‘expressed outrage they had not been given advance warning of the plan’.
Shortages here, shortages there – the Migration Advisory Committee recommends expanding the list of shortage occupations
Kingsley Napley – 10 June
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that the list of shortage occupations be updated and expanded. Currently, only 1% of jobs are on the shortage occupation list, but the MAC has recommended increasing that to around 9% of the UK job market. Web design and development professionals, architects and various scientific jobs are all suggestions to be included.
New framework to improve integration support
Gov.UK – 3 June
The Immigration Minister has launched an Indicators of Integration framework, designed to help local authorities and charities better support refugees in the UK. The framework will allow users to ‘develop strategies and assess the effectiveness of integration based on fourteen key areas, such as work, education, housing, health and culture.’