Immigration and Asylum

The Spanish-Moroccan Migrant Crisis: Counting the Collateral Damage

The Spanish-Moroccan Migrant Crisis: Counting the Collateral Damage

In May 2021, approximately 8,000 people arrived in Ceuta, a Spanish city, from Morocco, out of which reportedly 2,000 were unaccompanied children. As of date, 7,800 of these migrants have...
Legal aid is a human right: SM v The Lord Chancellor’s Department [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin)

Legal aid is a human right: SM v The Lord Chancellor’s Department [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin)

The lack of legal aid advice for immigration detainees held in prisons in the UK has been ruled unlawful. A High Court judgment, delivered on 25 February 2021, found that...
A tale of legal violence and systematic oppression: Indian Supreme Court orders the deportation of Rohingyas

A tale of legal violence and systematic oppression: Indian Supreme Court orders the deportation of Rohingyas

On 8 April 2021, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India refused to grant relief in a petition challenging the detention of Rohingya refugees in the state of...
Saudi Arabia must protect financial rights of migrant workers

Saudi Arabia must protect financial rights of migrant workers

On 14 March, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, long known for the oppressive treatment of foreign workers, enacted a law awarding more rights to foreign workers. However, more than half...
Shamima Begum and The Humpty Dumpty Supreme Court

Shamima Begum and The Humpty Dumpty Supreme Court

On 26 February 2021, the Supreme Court refused permission for Shamima Begum to return to the UK. The Supreme Court judgment in the high-profile case of the British woman who...
The ‘Death to Asylum’ Rule: United States’ Evisceration of Women’s Rights under the Refugee Convention

The ‘Death to Asylum’ Rule: United States’ Evisceration of Women’s Rights under the Refugee Convention

The United States’ (‘US’) new Rule on processing asylum applications, which was to take effect from 10 January 2021, has been temporarily halted by a US District Judge on the...
The ‘Death to Asylum’ Rule: United States’ Evisceration of Women’s Rights under the Refugee Convention

The ‘Death to Asylum’ Rule: United States’ Evisceration of Women’s Rights under the Refugee Convention

The United States’ (‘US’) new Rule on processing asylum applications, which was to take effect from 10 January 2021, has been temporarily halted by a US District Judge on the...
President Biden and the War on Children

President Biden and the War on Children

On entering office last week, President Joe Biden was greeted by an in-tray unprecedented in US history: a global pandemic that has already claimed 400,000 American lives, the worst economic...
B and C v. Switzerland: Assessing the Risk of Ill-Treatment against LGBTIs in Deportation Cases

B and C v. Switzerland: Assessing the Risk of Ill-Treatment against LGBTIs in Deportation Cases

On 17 November 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) delivered B and C v. Switzerland, a case concerning the deportation of a homosexual Gambian national. While the...
UK’s ‘no notice’ immigration policy unlawfully interfered with the right to access to justice, holds Court of Appeal

UK’s ‘no notice’ immigration policy unlawfully interfered with the right to access to justice, holds Court of Appeal

Until March 2019, the UK operated an immigration policy – set out in Chapter 60 of the General Instructions to Home Office caseworkers – that worked like this: if a...
A Review of the Credibility Assessment in Hong Kong’s Torture Claim Regime

A Review of the Credibility Assessment in Hong Kong’s Torture Claim Regime

Since 2014, Hong Kong has conducted its asylum process through the Unified Screening Mechanism. The process begins with an individual signifying to an Immigration Officer (“Officer”) his intention to seek...
Foreign National Rough Sleepers Penalised Under the UK’s Revised Immigration Rules

Foreign National Rough Sleepers Penalised Under the UK’s Revised Immigration Rules

On 22 October 2020, the UK Government’s Home Office Department published a Statement of Changes (‘SoC’) to update the UK’s Immigration Rules. The 507 page document confirmed that from 1...

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