Weekly Immigration News Digest 9th – 16th February 2017

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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.
16 February 2018

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


Home Office chiefs fear they can’t create a new immigration system by March 2019 as Theresa May overrules officials to insist free movement ends on Brexit day | The Daily Mail | 12.2.18

Work to create a new immigration system for the UK post-Brexit has ‘barely begun’, and is expected to miss the March 2019 deadline, recently imposed by Mrs May. Seeing that free movement is now scheduled to end on ‘Brexit day’ as the Prime Minister has insisted, this news is distressing because the new system is far off being ready. Read the full article…

Asylum seekers living in ‘disgraceful, unsafe’ housing, says report | The Guardian | 10.2.18

A entire year after the living conditions for asylum seekers were found to be unsanitary and the whole system was to undergo major change, a series of interviews have found that there has not been any substantial reform. Residents revealed that the housing was overcrowded, dirty and unsafe, telling of the paucity of washing machines and the multitude of rodents. The report raises questions about the integrity of the Home Office, as faith in their competency is slowly being lost. Read the full article…

Cooking classes are giving refugees a purpose when they have nothing else | Metro News | 14.2.18

This report is an important one as there has been so much in the news about the deteriorating mental health of asylum seekers and refugees, and the difficulties of integration in communities. However, as this report explains, these cooking classes set up in London in 2017 are helping people to become more involved in the community, to meet other refugees, and to practice their English. Initiatives like this are vital in making refugees feel welcome and safe in this country. Read the full article…

‘A lottery’: asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers | The Guardian | 11.2.18

The bias among the staff who decide asylum claims has been called out and criticised for making it a corrupt and unjust system. The whole set up has been deemed a ‘lottery’, and reflects the poor management of the Home Office, demonstrating a clear need for revision. Reports tell of individual staff members not taking their roles seriously, and preferring to reject claims on the basis that less effort is required. It is essential that this system is a fair one when dealing with matters as sensitive as asylum claims. Read the full article…