Many people have been in contact asking about the absence of JCWI’s main website from the internet over the weekend.
We are currently moving all content to a new site and integrating this blog into the site, to provide a cleaner, simpler presence in one place for all JCWI’s internet activity. The web address will remain the same and there will be an automatic transfer from this blog to the new blog on the main site, so once it is up and running, the move should be seamless!
At present there appears to be a problem with the outgoing website hosts which we hope will be resolved today.
Meanwhile if you would like to contact JCWI, our main phone number is 020 7251 8708 and our main email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The new website is now up and running – check it out!
Abubakar v Entry Clearance Officer (Sannaa)  EWCA Civ 377 (28 March 2012 – read the judgment here
This case before the Court of Appeal dealt with the interpretation of rule 317 (iva) of the Immigration Rules (HC 395) post Mahad. Rule 317 (iva) applies to parents, grandparents and other dependant relatives seeking indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK. It stipulates that applicants and any dependants are adequately maintained without recourse to public funds. Continue reading
JD (Congo) WN (Gambia) ES(Iran) MR (Bangladesh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 327
By section 13(6) of the TCEA 2007, and the 2008 Order, permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal is not to be granted unless a proposed appeal would raise some important point of principle or practice, or that there is some compelling reason for the Court of Appeal to hear the case. This is known as the ‘second tier appeals test’, and is something JCWI campaigned against in the past.
This case before the Court of Appeal looked at how the ‘compelling reason’ head of the ‘second-tier appeals test’ applies in two different scenarios. The first is where appellants succeed before the First Tier Tribunal, but proceed to fail in the Upper Tribunal following a successful appeal by the SSHD. The second is where the appellants fail twice in the tribunals system but the original FTT adverse decision is set aside because it contains a material error in circumstances where the UT goes on to remake the decision and dismiss it at appeal. Continue reading
The report by the Council of Europe’s Special Rapporteur Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible? Is now available to download from the COE website.
1500 migrant deaths in 2011
The report starts by noting that a shocking 1500 migrants are known to have lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean in 2011 alone, but focuses on the tragic event in March 2011 which led to the death of 63 out of the 72 migrant passengers. In summary, a ship left Tripoli in Libya, it was at sea for 2 weeks during which no one came to the aid of the boat despite the logging of a distress call, and despite coming into contact with other vessels. It drifted back to Libya with only 9 survivors on board. Continue reading
It’s the anniversary of the uprising in Syria. With the death toll having reached around the 8000 mark, the grim discovery earlier this week of yet more dead children’s bodies, and the apparent planting, by Syrian forces, of landmines to prevent refugee flows out of Syria, one might have hoped for a sufficiently compassionate and humane response from the Coalition – afterall the UK was actively involved in drafting the UDHR which enshrines the the right to seek and enjoy asylum in precisely such circumstances. So what has the Coalition’s response to all of this been?
The Government has today laid a ministerial statement in Parliament outlining various worring changes to the Immigration Rules. Most of the changes are due to take effect on 6 April 2012, although some of the changes to Tier 2 will affect those who were granted leave after 6 April 2011.Key changes as identified by UKBA on their website are as follows:
Tier 2 – skilled workers
- Limiting the total amount of temporary leave that may be granted to a Tier 2 migrant to 6 years (which applies to those who entered after 6 April 2011).
- Introducing a new minimum pay requirement of £35,000 or the appropriate rate for the job, for Tier 2 general and sportsperson migrants who wish to settle here from April 2016 (with exemptions for those in PhD level and shortage occupation categories).
- Introducing a ‘cooling-off period’ across all the Tier 2 routes. Tier 2 migrants will Continue reading
The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association who’ve been heavily involved with lobbying on the Legal Aid Bill are flagging up that there’s a potential opportunity to put some final pressure on Government with a view to getting a better deal on legal aid.
Immigration is due to be debated on Monday 12 March – Labour have tabled an amendment that would bring immigration work into scope, so there’s likely to be a short discussion about that, followed by a debate about exceptional funding given that amendments including an immigration-specific amendment to permit exceptional funding where the case is complex and the individual would be without representation) have been tabled.
What you can do
ILPA have suggested the following (by no later than Monday morning (12 March) Continue reading
The Home Office has today published their proposals for reform the scheme for settlement (along with some other changes to the Immigration Rules). Continue reading
Hirsi Jamaa and Others v Italy application no. 27765/09
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has today issued judgment in relation to Italy’s push back policy in which vessels carrying Somali and Eritrean nationals from Libya and heading to Italy were intercepted on the high seas 35 miles south of Lampedusa.
The Grand Chamber held:
1.The applicants fell within the jursidiction of Italy for the purposes of Article 1 ECHR
2. There had been two violations of Article 3 ECHR because the applicants had been exposed to the risk of ill-treatment in Libya and of repatriation to Somalia or Eritrea;
3. There had been a violation of Article 4 of Protocol No. 4 (prohibition of collective expulsions)
4. There had been a violation of Article 13 ECHR (right to effective remedy) taken in conjunction with Article 3 ECHR.
You can read the Court’s press release for a summary of the case and its facts and you can read the full judgment here.
This is Pickles, right?
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday published Creating the conditions for integration
The document sets out the DCLG’s strategy for fostering integration in the UK. There aren’t any huge shifts or surprises or changes in direction here, though there is a continuing, and a more rapid move towards shifting the responsibility for integration away from the state, on to individuals themselves. Continue reading