Weekly Immigration News Digest 7th – 13th April 2018

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By Annabel Stuart-Bourne Immigration Law Solicitor Linkedin
Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
12 April 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.


May and Rudd accused of ignoring Merry family’s deportation plight | The National | 11.4.18

A mother from Coatbridge received a letter from the Home Office telling her to leave the country within one week, or face detention. The woman, originally from Belarus, lives in the UK with her husband and child. However, immigration campaigners protested this harsh order, calling on leading ministers to step in and stop her deportation. Yet their protest has not been paid any attention by such people. Not just in this case, but in other stories of migrant families being separated, the Home Office has been severely criticised, causing ‘incalculable harm’ to children with such hostile migration rules. Read the full article…

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Mother `relieved´ as threatened deportation put on hold | The Daily Mail | 11.4.18

The Daily Mail published this article subsequent to the one cited above, with an update on the situation regarding the deportation of Olya Merry: it reports that her case will be reviewed, and so in the meantime she can stay in the UK. Despite the temporary relief, the threat of permanent separation is still very real for the Merry family. Fulton MacGregor of SNP who is supporting the Merrys in this case has called this a ‘ridiculous situation’ by the Home Office, and hopes that it will end its attempts to ‘rip a young family apart’. Read the full article…

Both of these articles showcase the harsh and inhumane rules of the Home Office on immigration, and highlight its extremely problematic approach to dealing with such people: it is unacceptable that it took the intervention of campaigners, the public, and government ministers to finally bring this case to the attention of the PM and the home secretary. What about individuals who do not receive such public support? The main issue this case draws attention to is the effect of immigration rules on families; something that needs serious reconsideration.

Young asylum seekers ‘face blanket study ban’ | The Guardian | 8.4.18

Due to changes in law at the start of this year, a significant number of young asylum seekers in the UK, who are waiting for their application-to-remain to be decided, are no longer permitted to receive education. Despite assurances from the government that there would not be a ‘blanket ban’ on education, a worrying number of individuals are being excluded from their studies. What is more frustrating is the lack of explanation in the paperwork from the Home Office: a solicitor has spoken out saying that this will lead to individuals, unaware of the changes, being in danger of breaching their bail conditions. The lack of an education will have detrimental effects, including the inability to develop skills for later life and jobs. Read the full article…

Home Office accused of turning ‘blind eye to discrimination’ in housing immigration crackdown | The Independent | 8.4.18

A scheme which makes landlords responsible for carrying out immigration checks on their tenants has been called out by an inspector for being ‘racist’. However, the Home Office has neglected the inspector’s advice to revise this scheme, perpetuating the discrimination. There have been allegations that landlords have refused tenants who do not have a British passport or who have a foreign accent. The inspector has advised that a new panel look into such allegations. Minorities should be receiving support from the government, especially vulnerable individuals like refugees, not left subject to discrimination. Read the full article…

EU parents warned children need papers to stay in UK after Brexit | The Guardian | 29.3.18

Researchers have estimated that there are thousands, or tens of thousands, of children in the UK who are born to parents who are EU citizens living in this country, whose status post-Brexit may face serious complications. There will be ‘hostile environment checks’ after leaving the EU, which will affect all those whose status is undocumented, so parents are being urged to check the status of their children to avoid this happening. Because the situation is not black-and-white, the effects of Brexit on each individual is unpredictable, so there is an encouragement to be on the safe side and sort out paperwork and status now. Read the full article…