Politics before protection: the story of Eritrean asylum seekers in the UK

The front page news in the Guardian last week, that “Home Office Eritrea guidance softened to reduce asylum seeker numbers” will not surprise those who have been following the debacle of Eritrean asylum claims in the UK for some time. The Public Law Project managed to obtain internal Home Office documents that evidenced UK government […]

Defining torture, and detaining survivors

In 2001, Parliament introduced the Detention Centre Rules for the “regulation and management” of immigration detention centres. Rules 34 and 35 introduced mechanisms to try and ensure that people with independent evidence of torture were not detained, except in very exceptional circumstances. These rules stipulate that within 24 hours of entering a detention centre, the person […]

New factsheet on charter flight removals/deportations

Following on from their brilliant 2013 report,  “Collective Expulsion: the case against mass deportation charter flights”, Corporate Watch have produced a new factsheet to provide updating information on the mass deportations carried out by the UK government. “Mass deportations on chartered aircraft are only one small part of the deportation system. Many more people are […]

Immigration detention: being a surety/cautioner

Last year, our friends at Scottish Detainee Visitors let us know about a great resource by Immigration Bail Observation Project Scotland (IBOPS): Guide To Being A Cautioner In The Scottish Immigration Bail Process. We link to this great guide in our Toolkit section on Immigration Detention, and in this blog post we will draw out […]

New power to remove while human rights appeal is pending

From 1 December 2016, the “out of country” appeals regime is extended. In a power granted by the 2016 Immigration Act and in force from 1 December, the Home Office can remove someone from the UK even if they are appealing, or plan to appeal, on human rights grounds while the appeal is pending. The […]

Signing support: lessons from Manchester

Yesterday on the blog, we wrote about the importance of preparing in case of being detained, and the different things you can think about and get ready in case the worst happens to you. One of the most important aspects of this is having a system in place so that if you are detained, people […]

Preparing in case of detention

Detention generally happens very suddenly. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. Our Toolkit contains important information about preparing in case of detention, and we’ve been taking this information out on tour, running workshops across the UK, and hearing from groups who use these methods, on how it works best in practice, and challenges […]

Asylum and immigration tribunal fees increase

Update 25 November 2016: the government has (for the moment at least) reversed the court fees increase described below.  It was announced that as of today the appeal fees would revert to the previous level, and refunds would be made to those who had paid the increased fees.  The government will review the situation and […]

Judicial reviews and preventing forced removal

The Home Office published new enforcement instructions and guidance on 31 October 2016 on, among other things, judicial reviews and injunctions. The new guidance limits even further the situations in which judicial review proceedings will lead to the Home Office suspending a forced removal or deportation. A judicial review is a form of court proceeding […]

Released but not yet free: the Home Office immigration curfew system

This post was written by Ravi Naik, Public and International Law Solicitor and Head of Public Law at ITN Solicitors. Ravi acted for the Claimant in the “Gedi v SSHD” case discussed below.  This article (and the more detailed case analysis written for the Justice Gap) are part of Unlocking Detention, which runs until 18 […]