Weekly Immigration News Digest 10th – 16th March 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.
16 March 2018

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


‘Shameful’: widespread outrage over man denied NHS cancer care | The Guardian | 12.3.18

The tightening of immigration rules has meant that all patients who receive NHS treatment are required to provide proof that they are full-time residents of the UK, and if not, they will have to pay their own medical costs. It has been pointed out by Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, that these regulations could stop many eligible UK residents from getting the healthcare they need, like in the case of one Londoner. Failing to show valid documents, a man has been told he must pay for his cancer treatment in full, in advance, despite having lived in this country since 1973. That urgent medical care is being withheld is both distressing and inhumane; it is the hope of doctors and politicians alike that this case will encourage the regulation to be revised. Read the full article…

Home Office keeping torture victims in detention, inspectors report | The Guardian | 13.3.18

The mental and physical wellbeing of those kept in immigration detention centres, who have suffered torture, are in serious jeopardy. Harmondsworth centre near Heathrow has recently undergone an inspection, and there have been some distressing finds. Such vulnerable people are not being give the care they need; they do not even have sanitary living conditions. The inspector’s hope is that indefinite detention will be seriously reconsidered by the government, as we have also seen in the news this week with the hunger strikes at Yarl’s Wood. Read the full article…

Everyone in UK must speak English by set deadline, says former integration tsar | The Independent | 13.3.18

In the interest of ‘healing rifts’ in communities, a former integration tsar has said that everyone working or receiving education in this country should be able to speak the language. She claims that big policies like these must be introduced if there is to be any improvement in the integration of migrants and mixing of people from different backgrounds. Such policies could seem daunting or overwhelming to those wanting to come to the UK, but could potentially prove beneficial in community cohesion in the long run. Read the full article…

‘We want to work’: refugees tell France why UK is so attractive | The Guardian | 9.3.18

Immigrants arriving in France do not have the right to work, and so try to reach the UK and have the chance to rebuild their lives. The system is so slow in France that after waiting for such a long time, immigrants just leave. Saying this, the number of asylum claims in France are nearly double those in the UK, but both countries still fall extremely short of their targets. But this reality was partly responsible for the infamous ‘Calais Jungle’. Read the full article…

Immigration chaos: New bill ‘won’t contain policy to reduce numbers’ | The Express | 12.3.18

The new immigration bill is expected to be delayed a year, with much conflict over its content. It has emerged that it won’t demand a reduction in the number of immigrants coming into this country, despite Mrs May’s pledge to reduce net migration to below 100,000. This bill must be written before Britain can leave the EU. Read the full article…