Preparing for the asylum interview – from those who have been there

Over the years of working with people going through the asylum and immigration system, we have seen how disastrously unprepared most people are going into their asylum substantive interview. This is one of the reasons we produce the Right to Remain Toolkit, and why we’re working with a new group in Sheffield to help new […]

Refusal of entry to the UK and re-entry bans

Refusals of entry to the UK Under the immigration rules, there are “general grounds” under which an application to enter the UK can be refused. Some of the grounds for refusal are quite vague (for example “failure by a person arriving in the United Kingdom to furnish the Immigration Officer with such information as may […]

Brexit and EEA nationals’ right to remain in the UK

Since the Brexit referendum we have, not surprisingly, been contacted by lots of people asking about the situation for European nationals and their families. It’s been a difficult question to answer because there’s still so much uncertainty about what the legal situation will be after Brexit – it will depend on negotiations and perhaps new […]

Charter flight deportations: ‘ghost flights’ that stop access to justice

Last night, activists blockaded Stansted Airport to stop the departure of the scheduled charter flight mass deportation to Nigeria and Ghana.  At the time of writing, the blockade continues and the charter flight has not departed.  Why have activists taken such a drastic action? Charter flight removals/deportations are one of the shadiest aspects of the […]

A history of providing sanctuary? LGBT+ asylum claims in the UK

As LGBT History Month draws to a close, it seems timely to review the progress – and lack of it – in the treatment of asylum claims in the UK on the basis of sexuality. Asylum claims based on sexual identity first came under recognised refugee protection in the UK in 1999 – nearly 50 years […]

Faith in the system? Claiming asylum on the basis of religion

“This report demonstrates, however, that there is a disparity between Home Office policy guidelines and what is actually happening in practice”. Hands up who’s heard that one before. The line comes from a June 2016 report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief – ‘Fleeing persecution: Asylum Claims […]

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 […]