Entering UK and claiming asylum

Some people claim asylum immediately on arrival at the airport/port of entry in the UK. If you do this, you will have your screening interview at the airport/port. The Home Office believes that everyone should claim asylum at the port of entry, and that if you do not, this means you are less likely to […]

Communicating with your lawyer

Understanding the asylum and immigration system, and your own legal case, is more important than ever. Cuts to legal aid (free, government-funded legal representation) mean that more and more people have no lawyer at all and are forced to navigate this very complicated system without legal representation. Even if you have a lawyer, it’s important […]

Dublin regulations: analysis

Europe

Steve Peers is Professor of EU Law & Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. On the EU Law Analysis Blog, he has posted an article on two recent developments which have raised controversy as regards the EU’s Dublin III Regulation, the set of rules which determines in which Member State asylum-seekers must make […]

Risk of human rights violations for asylum seekers returned to Hungary

Hungary

The Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe has issued a statement of concern regarding asylum seekers returned to Hungary from other EU states under the Dublin Regulations. “Due to sweeping changes introduced in Hungary in asylum law and practice over recent months, asylum seekers returned there run a considerable risk of being […]

Refugee family reunion – a user’s guide

The Free Movement blog has published a users guide to refugee family reunion. The post is intended for refugees, their families and their friends trying to understand the rules on refugee family reunion. The requirements to be met are straightforward and simple for children and spouses that existed at the time the refugee fled his or […]

Do-It-Yourself fresh asylum and human rights claims

fresh claims video

For people who have been refused asylum, and had their appeal to the Tribunal dismissed, a fresh claim for asylum, with new evidence or new grounds, can be the route to sanctuary, to regularisation of status. There are limits and difficulties in doing this yourself, or helping someone if you are not a lawyer, but […]

Right to Remain launch crowdfunder for essential legal resource

When refugees and other migrants reach the UK, they face a hostile environment. Without help, many will be forcibly sent back to the wars, persecution and misery they have fled. Right to Remain has today launched a crowdfunding appeal to produce a vital guide that can help save lives. The Right to Remain Toolkit is […]

End of the road for Detained Fast-Track

The Supreme Court has refused permission for the government to appeal against the Court of Appeal judgement of 29 July 2015, which found the Detained Fast Track asylum appeal process to be ‘systemically unfair.’ Read our blog post on the story of the legal battle that led to the suspension of the Detained Fast-Track here. […]

Another month, another statement of changes in the Immigration Rules

The Immigration Rules are published by the Home Office and set out the rules which immigration applications have to follow to be successful. They are frequently amended. They have been described as “not subordinate legislation but detailed statements by a minister of the Crown as to how the Crown proposes to exercise its executive power […]

Age Assessments: new guidance and helpful factsheet

Age assessments are carried out if a young person who is seeking asylum has their age disputed,: the young person states they are under 18 years old, and the Home Office or the local authority asked for support (including social services) says they think they are over 18 years old. The young person’s age is […]