Weekly Immigration News Digest 18th – 24th November 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.
24 November 2017

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


*Story of the Week*

Robert Mugabe steps down as president of Zimbabwe | The Financial Times | 21.11.17

The leader of Zimbabwe has stepped down from power after a 37-year rule. Military action was taken after Mugabe sacked the vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is now due to become the new leader of Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa was nicknamed ‘Crocodile’ in the 1980s, accused of ‘crushing dissent…an operation that led to the death of at least 10000 civilians’. The street celebrations of the civilians imply the liberation of the country, but will the new president follow in the footsteps of his predecessor? Read the full article…


Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa | BBC News | 17.11.17

Control of Rawa, a town 100km from the Syrian-Iraqi border, has been regained by Iraqi forces in the ongoing battle against IS. Rawa was one of a number of towns that so-called Islamic State used to transfer weapons and fighters between the two countries. Over 4.4 million Iraqis previously under the rule of IS are now free, and are no longer compelled to flee. The defeat of IS in Iraq removes the threat to the safety of citizens. Read the full article…

Brexit: Home Office may be forced to hire European workers to register EU nationals|The Independent | 20.11.17

Immigration lawyers warn that resources are so stretched in dealing with the registration of EU nationals that EU workers are having to be recruited. The Independent quotes David Wood, director general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, saying he does not think that ‘under current resources that that challenge of Brexit can be met and certainly not met smoothly’. What will happen if enough resources cannot be mustered? Will the registration of EU nationals be delayed? Read the full article…

Grieve expects climbdown over post-Brexit human rights law| The Guardian | 21.11.17

The former attorney general wants to have a vote to keep the human rights law of the European Union in the UK’s law after Brexit, when the charter will no longer apply. Grieve told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that they want the government to ‘consider maintaining the status quo until such time as parliament decides what it wants to do with such rights.’ Currently, Labour and some ‘rebel Conservatives’ back the amendment. If Grieve gets his vote and it is successful, reverting to fundamental rights will be avoided. Read the full article… More on Human rights and the EU…