Weekly Immigration News Digest 24th February – 2nd 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.
2 March 2018

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


Yarl’s Wood: Inside the crisis-hit immigration detention centre | The Independent | 1.3.18 Read the full article…

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Yarl’s Wood women feel desperate, says Diane Abbott | The Guardian | 23.2.18 Read the full article…

The Independent’s article is a personal account of visiting Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. After documenting an extreme level of security checks to enter the centre, she discusses the dismal scene of the visiting room, with the detainees not knowing when they’ll next see their loved ones, and when they might suddenly find themselves ‘seas apart’. She visited because the detainees started a hunger-strike due to the awful and unlawful conditions of the centre, and the indefinite detention. A woman she interviewed claims that the staff are actually rather reasonable, but that the problems lie with the wider system. She is hopeful that the hunger strike will start to change things. The Guardian follows Diane Abbott’s visit to the centre, who says that the women are desperate. Permission for this visit, to see the most vulnerable women in society, has taken over a year. The shadow Home Secretary noted that the main concern of the detainees was indefinite detention with no indication as to release: this, she states, ‘is just wrong’.

UK under pressure over Afghan asylum seekers amid civilian deaths | The Guardian | 19.2.18

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan has ‘exceeded 10,000 for the fourth year running, in 2017’. The shocking figure reflects the high risk of danger in the country, which has been called the second-least peaceful country in the world, after Syria. The Home Office, despite claiming to acknowledge this, are still sending asylum seekers from the UK back to Afghanistan. They say that the UK ‘has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection’: but how on earth can the Home Office be proud about sending vulnerable people back to a war-torn country, and one of the most dangerous places in the world? Read the full article…

Afghan boy launches UK legal challenge against refugee policy | The Guardian | 28.2.18

There are an estimated 90,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe, but the government has only agreed to accept 480, a figure that has been challenged. A 16 year-old boy who was in Calais camp when it was shut down, applied for asylum in the UK but was denied it, and now challenges this decision by the Home Secretary. The boy has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has attempted suicide 3 times. His claims are that the Home Office’s decision on which children they selected to grant asylum in the UK was unlawful and unfair. Unaccompanied minors are the most vulnerable people, at great risk of exploitation, and the Home Office needs to acknowledge this and increase their intake. Read the full article…

Bisexual woman labelled a ‘curse’ by family in Nigeria granted asylum in the UK | Pink News | 28.2.18

A Nigerian woman has been granted asylum after a failed first appeal which was on the grounds of abuse for being disabled. She is a bisexual woman who has been in the UK since studying at university in 2011, claiming that her sexuality would make her subject to violent abuse, rape or even death, in her home country. The UK has acknowledged that this is a very real threat and has ensured a safer life for her here. Read the full article…