Weekly Immigration News Digest 19th – 25th May 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.
25 May 2018

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


Windrush migrants still sleeping rough one month after minister’s promise | The Guardian | 21.5.18

Despite ministers vowing that members of the Windrush generation have the right to British citizenship, there are at least a dozen known individuals who are sleeping rough whilst they wait for their right-to-remain to be confirmed. As pointed out by the chief executive at the charity Praxis, it is an impossible task to count the number of those who have been homeless as they await a response from the Home Office. Read the full article…

Theresa May has been accused of creating a “generation of undocumented people” through her “hostile environment” | The Mirror | 23.5.18

Home Office fees have increased 148% since 2014, making it even more impossible for immigrants, especially minors, on whom this article focuses its attention, to apply for settled status. The Prime minister responded to Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in Westminster, and his attack on the ‘hostile environment’, claiming that minors are entitled to benefits, so they are ‘on an equal footing with their British citizen peers’. This however doesn’t excuse the fact that the Home Office fees are far higher than a great number of immigrants can afford. Read the full article…

Are Britons softening on immigration? | The Financial Times | 23.5.18

Recent polls have found that the public is worrying about immigration less than in 2016, and no longer considering it to be the number one problem facing the UK. This article looks at the shifting attitudes of the British public, and the reasons for the ‘softening’ on immigration. It suggests that, although the government is not close to granting free movement, those in cabinet have more liberal views on the matter than Ms May, which could affect the immigration policy that is still to be decided. Read the full article…

Brook House: High Court rules immigration detainees abused by G4S staff can seek public inquiry | The Independent | 22.5.18

Some positive news regarding immigration detention centres and their treatment of detainees: those who have been abused by staff have been granted permission to seek a public enquiry. This comes after months and months of appalling stories of physical and mental damage to immigrants. This could be a ‘turning point’ in the running of the centres, which has been a long time coming. Read the full article…

GREET BRITAIN: Brexit has allowed UK to be more ‘welcoming’ to migrants, Michael Gove claims | The Sun | 22.5.18

Michael Gove has said at a think-tank event that since the Brexit vote, Britons have become more accepting of migrants now that they are ‘allowed to be rather than required to be’. He claims that the UK is now one of the most welcoming EU nation towards migrants. Read the full article…