Immigration and Asylum

QT v Director of Immigration: recognising overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in immigration policy

QT v Director of Immigration: recognising overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in immigration policy

On 25 September 2017, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal ruled that partners in overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are eligible to apply for spousal dependant visas in Hong...
Searching for Solidarity through Intra-EU Relocation: Slovak Republic & Hungary v. Council of the European Union

Searching for Solidarity through Intra-EU Relocation: Slovak Republic & Hungary v. Council of the European Union

The Grand Chamber judgment on 6 September 2017 (Joined Cases of C-643/15 and C-647/15) was eagerly anticipated by many and marked an important contribution to the regional debate on solidarity...
Do Rohingya Refugees in India have Constitutional Rights?

Do Rohingya Refugees in India have Constitutional Rights?

The Indian Government recently issued a direction to identify and deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees in India, labelling them as a burden on the resources of the country and a...
The Forced Expulsion of Rohingyas Reflects Why India Needs a Refugee Law

The Forced Expulsion of Rohingyas Reflects Why India Needs a Refugee Law

The Indian Government recently revealed its decision to deport the 40,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country, including the 16,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR. This decision is seen as a...
An International Law Perspective on India’s Response toward the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

An International Law Perspective on India’s Response toward the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

In the opening statement made in the Human Rights Council’s 36th session on 11th September 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein observed the...
UN Committee Condemns Australia’s Punitive Asylum Policy

UN Committee Condemns Australia’s Punitive Asylum Policy

On 23 June 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted its concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of Australia on its implementation of the International...
Asylum Seekers Gain the Right to Work in Ireland

Asylum Seekers Gain the Right to Work in Ireland

Asylum seekers arriving in Ireland are prohibited from seeking employment until a determination of their application for asylum has been made. In the meantime, asylum seekers are required to stay...
Statelessness and the Syrian Conflict

Statelessness and the Syrian Conflict

Being stateless ultimately means having no nationality and having no nationality usually means having no documents to prove your identity. People can become stateless for many reasons, two of which...
After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

As the world focuses on the debates surrounding US President Trump’s foreign policy, especially the recently introduced travel ban, little attention has been paid to what it means in practical...
The Travel Ban as Religious Discrimination: Judges’ Engagement of Political Discourse and Recent History

The Travel Ban as Religious Discrimination: Judges’ Engagement of Political Discourse and Recent History

On March 15, 2017, two federal district courts, in Hawaii and Maryland, enjoined the enforcement of President Trump’s second executive order restricting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. In both...
Australia’s Deportation of Asylum Seekers Pending Determination of their Claims to Refugee Status

Australia’s Deportation of Asylum Seekers Pending Determination of their Claims to Refugee Status

The Australian Government has made no secret of its mission prevent the arrival of thousands of ‘unauthorised’ immigrants on its shores, ostensibly to thwart people smuggling (see the discussion here,...
The Plight of the ‘Stateless’ Rohingyas: Probing the Fate of the Rohingya Refugees in India

The Plight of the ‘Stateless’ Rohingyas: Probing the Fate of the Rohingya Refugees in India

In the first week of 2017, a video surfaced, where the police officers in Myanmar are seen nonchalantly beating and kicking helpless Rohingya villagers. This video, which caused a lot...

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