Immigration News Weekly Roundup – 21 April 2023

OSCE Alliance Conference on Combatting Trafficking in Persons: UK statement, April 2023 – Home Office
Martin Niblett, Head of FCDO Modern Slavery Team, in his recent speech says UK is committed to supporting a new Global Commission on Modern Slavery to inject political momentum at this critical time. To view the full speech, click here

Statistics relating to the Illegal Migration Bill – Home Office
Ad hoc statistical release to inform the third reading of the Illegal Migration Bill in the House of Commons. This release includes data relating to, the asylum backlog and asylum seekers on support; small boats; enforcement activities. These statistics will be released on 24 April 2023 9:30am. UKVI news source here

UK to ignore ECHR rulings on small boats ‘after Sunak caves in to Tory right’ – The Guardian
Rishi Sunak has caved in to demands from hard-right MPs to allow the UK to ignore rulings from the European court of human rights on small boat crossings, government sources have said. Backbench rebels have been pushing the prime minister to harden the illegal migration bill so ministers to can ignore interim rulings. One of the Strasbourg court’s rule 39 injunctions blocked the government’s first attempt to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda last year. To read the full article, click here

UK deportation centre used force 18 times to stop self-harm last year, figures show – The Guardian
Asylum seekers awaiting deportation at a detention centre were physically prevented from taking their own lives or self-harming on 18 occasions last year, detailed official accounts show. Staff at Brook House immigration removal centre near Gatwick airport used physical force to prevent suicide and self-harm attempts, according to documents released under freedom of information laws. To read the full article, click here

Posh Spice restaurant in Nailsea loses licence over illegal workers – BBC News
A restaurant has been stripped of its licence after it was found to be employing illegal workers. Three people who had been working illegally at Posh Spice in June 2022 were found to still be at the restaurant during a raid in February.  Immigration Enforcement called for a review of the Nailsea restaurant. To read the full article, click here

Home Office’s Windrush payout scheme needs urgent reform, study finds – The Guardian
The Windrush compensation scheme is failing claimants and violating their rights, the first international study into the government’s handling of the immigration scandal has concluded.  The Human Rights Watch report is critical of the Home Office’s slow progress towards compensating those affected by the scandal in which thousands of UK residents were wrongly categorised as immigration offenders, and called on the government to launch “urgent reform to protect the rights of claimants”. To read  the full article, click here

Judges set to be stripped of power to block deportations of migrants to Rwanda – LBC News
Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman have conceded to right wing Tories who threatened rebellions and will amend the gill to reform the use of Rule 39 orders from the ECHR. It will be amended to also include prevention of UK Courts from granting injunctions to stop fights in most circumstances, as the Government seeks to get tough on immigration. Judges will only be able to block deportations which represent a “real risk of serious and irreversible harm” in the territory they are being sent to. To read the full news, click here

Home Office course tells immigration staff to show more empathy – The Guardian
Details have emerged of a training course designed to make Home Office staff behave more compassionately, revealing guidance urging immigration caseworkers to display greater empathy to avoid further “reputational damage” to the department. The Face Behind the Case training module instructs staff to refer to visa applicants and asylum seekers as “customers” and encourages Home Office staff to remember that “a human being sits behind every case file and reference number”. To read the full article, click here

Trained medics who could ease NHS crisis stuck in asylum limbo – The Guardian
After five years studying to become a qualified dentist in his home country of Sudan, Omar (not his real name) spent seven years mainly treating children in Khartoum. But since arriving in Britain last June – despite a desperate shortage of NHS dentists – the 32-year-old has not been able to put his skills to use. To read the full article, click here

CASE LAW

AH and another -v- Secretary of State for the Home Department (anonymity order and interim order CO-893-2023
Mr Justice Mostyn recently addressed the High Court in AH & Ors v SSHD concerning the UK’s accommodation standards for asylum seekers. He acknowledged the “crisis” that the UK is currently facing and the “difficult challenges” that the government is encountering in terms of accommodating and supporting refugees. Mostyn J highlighted the requirement for refugees to be provided with adequate accommodation and support that prevents destitution, with an irreducible minimum level of adequacy. Although the accommodation provided in hotels is not perfect, Mostyn J believes that it meets this minimum level. He also emphasized the potential consequences of the claim succeeding, which could prioritize some refugees over others. To read the full decision, click here

HOME OFFICE POLICY, GUIDANCE AND RULES UPDATES

  • Exemptions for visa applications: caseworker guidance has been updated on 19th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here
  • Guidance Register of licensed sponsors for students has been updated on 19th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here
  • Guidance Register of licensed sponsors of workers has been updated on 19th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here
  • Guidance Immigration Rules archive: 30 January 2023 to 11 April 2023 has been published on 19th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here 
  • Transparency data on Migrants detected crossing the English Channel in small boats has been updated on 19th April 2023. To download the report, click here 
  • Guidance Sponsor a Scale-up Worker has been updated on 19th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here
  • Guidance Workers and Temporary Workers: sponsor a Global Business Mobility worker has been updated on 18th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here
  • Policy paper – Illegal Migration Bill: overarching documents has been updated on 17th April 2023. To view the document, click here 
  • Guidance Borders, immigration and citizenship: privacy information notice has been updated on 17th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here
  • Guidance Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BNO) route: caseworker guidance has been updated on 17th April 2023. To view the Guidance, click here

  • Immigration Rules Appendix Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) have been updated on 13th April 2023. To view the updates, click here

 

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