The Conservatives have always enjoyed a somewhat murky relationship with ideas of equality and non-discrimination. From their opposition to the race equality laws proposed by the Wilson Government in the 1960s, to the enactment of the Immigration Act in the 70s, (which sought to clamp down on immigration by non-white migrants) to their more recent noise-making about parts of the Equality Act. It would be fair to say that the Conservatives have a long history of sabotaging and scuppering anti-discrimination initiatives.
With the above in mind, it should come as no major surprise that following the UK’s review of its general immigration reservation to the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities (“CRPD”), Damian Green has announced the Government’s intention to Continue reading
Green realises he has nothing to say.
It must be a pretty frustrating job being immigration minister. You get to call yourself a minister, you might get a couple of rides in the Home Sec’s limo, but you don’t get to announce new exciting stuff. That bit is saved for the Home Secretary herself. Continue reading
The Queen on the application of SS v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3390 (Admin) (judgment here)
This was an interesting case that was somewhat eclipsed by the Chapti judgment when it came out back in December 11. In summary, this was a challenge by way of judicial review to a decision to refuse to waive an entry clearance fee for settlement purposes. Continue reading
As the Coalition Government continues in its reckless pursuit of cutting immigration, young people are getting a disproportionately raw deal from the policy twists and turns emanating from the Home Office. In the past few weeks we have witnessed the collapse of the curb on young married couples obtaining visas to live in the UK, but that has been the only bright star in a dark and gloomy sky. Continue reading
Last Friday saw the deadline for submissions to the Commission on a Bill of Rights.
The Commission is basically the product of a political compromise – the Tories had previously pledged to scrap the HRA in their election manifesto, and the Lib Dems had pledged to retain it. Continue reading
JCWI made its submission to the UK Border Agency about its family migration proposals. You can read the overview below, and you can read the full response here.
The cumulative effect of the Government’s family migration proposals will be to create a harder, longer and more precarious route for Continue reading
Bah v UK (App. no 56328/07)  ECHR 1448
The European Court of Human Rights
Facts of the case
Husenatu Bah, is a Sierra Leonean national who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 2005 following an application for asylum in 2000. Her young son was granted leave to enter and remain in the UK on the basis that there was to be no recourse to public funds.
Ms Bah was placed in a position where she was threatened with homelessness and as such, she made an application for homelessness assistance under the Housing Act 1996 to the London Borough of Southwark. In order to secure assistance, she was was required to show that she was homeless/threatened with homelessness, that she had a priority need, and that she did not make herself Continue reading
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A lively All Party Parliamentary in Portcullis House yesterday.
Arriving a tad late thanks to an enormous queue to get through the security checks at the buildings entrance, I managed to catch the end of Dr Martin Ruhs’ address. Representing the Migration Advisory Committee, he spoke of the coming consultation on settlement and the effect of raising the skills threshold in the Points-Based System and how this could potentially have a far greater effect on migration than imposing a lower cap.
Once again, the debate was dominated by the question of what were the economic benefits to the UK on offer through immigration. Continue reading
Guest post by Ezinda Franklin-Houtzager, Coordinator Refugee Health Network, MEDACT.
The Government released its response to the consultation on Access to the NHS for foreign nationals on 18 March 2011. While important exemptions for certain groups such as some refused asylum seekers and unaccompanied children will now be included in the new regulations, concerns still remain.
What’s human rights got to do with the Points Based System? Whether you’re a lawyer, or campaigner (who views immigration laws as one way of institutionalising discrimination and entrenching global inequality) the answer is quite a lot actually. For the full low-down on this, you’ll need to buy a copy of JCWI’s Guide to the Points Based System, but we thought we’d do a little teasing taster on this for the lawyers amongst you… Continue reading