Immigration Law (8 October – 22 October)

Immigration News

Court of Appeal says statelessness must be proved on balance of probabilities

Free Movement – 19 October

Free Movement discuss the case of AS (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2234, in which the Court of Appeal rejected an attempt by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to make it easier to establish statelessness. The court ruled that statelessness must be proved on the balance of probabilities.

MPs urged to scrap child citizenship 'good character' test

The Guardian – 18 October

Over the last five years, an average of one child per week has had their citizenship application refused on the basis of having minor criminal convictions or failing the ‘good character’ test. Campaigners have criticised current procedure and called on the government to reform the process.

Islands 'should share' housing refugees

BBC News – 17 October

Lord Alf Dubs has urged the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey to ‘share responsibility’ and reconsider housing refugees. However, these islands have talked of legal hurdles that would prevent them from accepting refugees.

Asylum seekers could contribute £42m to UK if allowed to work, finds study

The Independent – 16 October

A recent survey by Lift the Ban has suggested that asylum seekers could contribute £42.4 million to the economy if they were allowed to work. These figures are based on half of people seeking asylum earning the minimum wage in a job. Currently, asylum seekers are not allowed to work whilst their claims are being processed.

MPs 'informing' on immigration hotline

BBC News – 12 October

MPs have been asked to pledge not to inform on their constituents after it was revealed that an immigration enforcement hotline was called 68 times by MPs or their staff last year. The pledge has already been signed by 107 MPs, although some are refusing.

EU citizen registration trial to be extended to 250,000 people

The Guardian – 12 October

The government’s post-Brexit registration trial for EU citizens have been extended to 250,000 people across the country. The trial focuses on EU citizens working in the health and education sectors, but this new extension will also test the scheme with vulnerable individuals. The trial will end in December.

Post-Brexit immigration plans will hurt Wales, UK ministers told

BBC News – 11 October

The Welsh finance secretary has warned UK ministers that their immigration plans following Brexit will harm Wales. Government plans to limit immigration would ‘do damage to Welsh businesses, Welsh public services and Welsh universities.’

Home Office agrees to inquiry into immigrant abuse allegations

The Guardian – 11 October

The Home Office will be carrying out an independent inquiry into alleged abuse of immigrants at UK detention centres. The Home Office has faced increasing pressure and been threatened with legal proceedings following reports of abuse. The inquiry will be carried out by the prisons and probation ombudsman (PPO).

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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